Anna Mika, National Geographic Education
Activity length 30 minutes; video length 3 minutes.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
See how this Activity supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 4 Cross Cutting Concepts, 2 Science and Engineering Practices
About Teaching Climate Literacy
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A) Processes that shape the Earth.
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- Educators are encouraged to start the activity by activating students' prior knowledge about extreme weather on Earth.
- As an extension to this activity, educator could encourage students to investigate what constitutes extreme weather. In some areas, certain weather-related events may not be classified as extreme.
About the Science
- Students investigate types of extreme weather and their contributing factors, and then explore similarities and differences between weather and climate.
- Comment from expert scientist: Good overview and use of imagery. Language is appropriate.
About the Pedagogy
- Video and brilliant photography archived on the National Geographic Society's website make this lesson stimulating; otherwise, it is a standard paper-and-pencil activity.
- Text is provided underneath photographs, explaining the images.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Activity supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1
MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.
Cross Cutting Concepts: 4
MS-C1.4:Graphs, charts, and images can be used to identify patterns in data.
MS-C2.2:Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.
MS-C5.2: Within a natural or designed system, the transfer of energy drives the motion and/or cycling of matter.
MS-C7.1: Explanations of stability and change in natural or designed systems can be constructed by examining the changes over time and forces at different scales, including the atomic scale.
Science and Engineering Practices: 2
MS-P4.3: Distinguish between causal and correlational relationships in data.
MS-P6.1:Construct an explanation that includes qualitative or quantitative relationships between variables that predict(s) and/or describe(s) phenomena.