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Extreme Weather on Earth

Anna Mika, National Geographic Education

In this activity, students utilize a set of photographs and a 30 minute video on weather to investigate extreme weather events. They are posed with a series of questions that ask them to identify conditions predictive of these events, and record them on a worksheet. Climate and weather concepts defined.

Video length: 30 minutes.

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Teaching Tips

  • 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.

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