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Activity Number 14 - Graphing

Goal: To plot a graph.

Have your students visit the National Climate Data and Information Archive and select Climate Data from the menu on the left. This will open a second window featuring Canadian Climate and Water Information. Go to Canadian Climate Normals, the second menu option on the left. When you click on it, it will take you to a list of the all the provinces and territories.

By selecting the region and then further selecting a community, you can find the monthly average temperature, rainfall, snowfall, sunshine, wind speed and direction and much more for each site.

Have your students print off the climate averages for the location closest to you and then do a line graph of the mean temperature for each month of the year. Your students could add a bar graph to the same chart to show total monthly precipitation. You can do this exercise with graph paper or on a computer using a spreadsheet program.

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