TEACHER GUEST BLOG: Teacher Pat Benner and her students are comparing a non-El Niño year and an El Niño year!

Guest Blogger: Pat Benner from Somerset County Schools, Maryland and her students.


Sixth grade students at Somerset Intermediate School on the Eastern Shore of Maryland are currently studying weather, climate, and human impacts on Earth systems, synthesizing our year-long study of Earth science. We monitored and measured weather conditions daily for five weeks as we researched and analyzed the factors that influence weather phenomena. After identifying trends and cause effect relationships, we graphed our local data and based our conclusions on our qualitative and quantitative observations. We then compared and contrasted local weather data to identify any possible trends due to El Nino or climate change.


The next step we are taking is to conduct a site assessment by performing soil and biometric protocols. We will continue to gather, organize, analyze, and communicate our findings until the end of the school year, adding hydrology protocols to compare with data we collected in the fall of this year.

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