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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


Data Snapshots Maps

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  • This NOAA site provides downloadable map images of annual global temperatures (as a departure from a 40-year average) dating back to 1880.
  • It also provides frequently asked questions about the maps and links to additional information.
Teaching Tips


  • The images can be downloaded in various sizes as image files.
  • The website explains what the colors represent in the maps.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Make sure students are familiar with data representing a departure from "normal" and how that can change, depending on what data range you choose as your baseline.


  • One option for using this site would be to allow students to openly investigate. You could use what they find to drive classroom discussion and further learning.
  • Another option would be to craft instructions and questions for students to respond to about a specific map or set of maps.
Scientist Notes
There is no contradiction in the resource. This resource is recommended.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
      • MS-ESS2-6 Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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