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Author

National Integrated Heat Health Information System

Grades

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

Global

HEAT.gov - Heat Maps

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Synopsis
  • This resource provides a number of interactive heat maps of the United States, an interactive graph showing the number of people under heat alerts over the last 30 days, and links to additional interactive maps and information about heat and health.
  • From this starting point, students can explore current U.S. temperatures, climate outlooks, heat forecasts, extreme heat days by 2050, and days over 90 degrees by 2050, or click on recent heat-related news articles.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This website is an excellent starting place for a variety of lesson plans based on the concept of heat and its effects on humans.
  • There are several articles, mapping tools, interactive maps, and data visualizations linked from this resources. 
  • Contributing organizations include the CDC, FEMA, NOAA, and the Department of Health and Human Services

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers and/or students will need access to the Internet to utilize this resource.
  • Students should be comfortable with interpreting charts and maps.
  • This is the "Home" page of the HEAT.gov website.

Differentiation

  • This resource will work well with both whole-class instruction or individualized research or assignments.  There is enough information for a class of 20 students to each choose different topics.
  • The information provided can easily be integrated into science, math, and language arts classes.
  • Social science classes can also benefit from this website.  Students can draw conclusions about how the people and communities in the most affected areas are likely to be impacted in the future.
  • Earth science and geography classes can use the heat maps to discuss topography, prevailing winds, and continental position in relation to weather conditions and predicted weather in the future.
Scientist Notes
To assist communities in preventing and treating heat-related illnesses, this portal incorporates health, weather, and vulnerability data. It is correctly sourced and serves as an effective communication tool to aid in US policy formulation. It is advised to use this resource when instructing.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.11-12.1 Cite relevant textual evidence that strongly supports analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences, including determining where the text is ambiguous; develop questions for deeper understanding and for further exploration. (RI&RL)
  • Mathematics
    • Statistics and Probability (6-12)
      • M.6.SP.B.4 Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.
      • M.7.SP.A.1 Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population. Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and support valid inferences.
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