Activity 2e: Amazon Precipitation Activity

Posted By on Dec 19, 2013


Students doing the Manaus, Brazil precipitation activity

Students doing the Manaus, Brazil precipitation activity

Comparing/contrasting precipitation of students’ local region with a rainforest region

  1.  Table 1:  Calculating the mean
Watsonville  Manaus, Brazil
Jan      113 mm Jan      270
Feb     123 Feb     290
Mar      92 Mar     320
Apr      43 Apr     300
May     15 May    260
June     2.8 June    120
July    0.25 July      90
Aug    0.51 Aug      60
Sept        5 Sept      80
Oct       28 Oct      130
Nov      70 Nov     180
Dec     108 Dec     220
Mean = Mean =

 

 

1. Determining the median

Watsonville:

Manaus:

2. Determining the mode

Watsonville:

Manaus:

  1.  Table 2:  Comparing values

 

Watsonville Manaus, Brazil
Mean = Mean =
Median = Median =
Mode = Mode =

Questions

1. When comparing the means, which region receives more precipitation?  By how much?

2.List three reasons why (referring to question 1).

(a)  ______________________________________________________

(b) ______________________________________________________

(c)  _____________________________________________________

3. Which month received the most rain in Watsonville?  Why?

4.Which month received the most rain in Manaus, Brazil?  Why?

5. Which measure is more accurate: mean, median, or mode?  Explain why?

6. Do you think Table 2 was helpful?  What did you notice?

7. Do you think your graph is an appropriate one to use to represent your data in Table 1?  Why?

8. Why are rainforests important?

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Completed Student Examples :

5th Grade :

Brazil student’s Work
Brazil Precipitation Graph