The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly...

Source: Tamanna Rumee

Type: Investigation

Theme: Statistics

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Learning Target: Students will learn how to graph multiple sets of related data on one graph and use the data to justify a decision.


climate madrid spainPlease work in groups of two or three.

  1. Select a location from anywhere on Earth where crops are grown. 
  2. Collect the following climate data for your location:
    1. Monthly average rainfall
    2. Monthly average low temperature
    3. Monthly average high temperature 
  3. Enter your data into Excel.
  4. Graph your data in a manner that makes sense.
  5. Select one of the following five crops to grow in your location. 
    1. Pomegranates
    2. Oranges
    3. Dates
    4. Potatoes
    5. Oats
  6. Justify your crop choice.


  1. Word document or PowerPoint.
  2. Map of the Earth pinpointing your location.
  3. Excel spreadsheet with a graph of monthly data (display all three datasets in one graph).
  4. Detailed explanation with the following information:
    1. Justify your crop choice based on what type of climate will best support your crop.
    2. How much rainfall does your crop need?
    3. During which months does your crop need water?
    4. Will you need to irrigate your crops? Is there irrigated water available at the right time?
    5. Why you did not choose another crop (select two and explain)?
  5. Peer Review.


Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Systems and System Models