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Wild Weather

University of Wisconsin/Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

This activity includes a set of slides with embedded images, animations, and interactives that students use to investigate extreme weather events. This is module 8 of a Satellite Meteorology course.

Activity requires about 1-2 hours.

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Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 4 Cross Cutting Concepts, 1 Science and Engineering Practice
High School: 1 Cross Cutting Concept, 1 Science and Engineering Practice

Climate Literacy
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Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Teaching Tips

  • Educator will need to make the link between extreme weather events and climate and climate change.
  • Could be used as a self-directed activity.

About the Science

  • This resource is a collection of visualizations, animations, and simulations showing the characteristics of thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards as seen by satellite images. Ample background material is provided with these visualizations, as well as in other modules in this course.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This activity identifies observations, facts, interpretations and hypotheses. It also presents valid and accurate concepts, models, and skills. The data sources are clearly identified. Overall, this is very scientifically strong. I also think students will be very interested in the topic(s).

About the Pedagogy

  • This is an excellent way to learn how to observe extreme weather patterns form satellite images.
  • The resource includes a number of quizzes using satellite images, and a set of assessment questions.
  • Embedded animations and interactives are effective in augmenting and illustrating important weather concepts.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Some of the images and interactives are large and take some time to download onto the webpage.
  • User interface is cumbersome and not easy to navigate.
  • Java plug-in required for many of the interactives.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Simulation/Interactive supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

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.

MS-ESS2.D2:Because these patterns are so complex, weather can only be predicted probabilistically.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 4

Energy and Matter, Stability and Change

MS-C5.2: Within a natural or designed system, the transfer of energy drives the motion and/or cycling of matter.

MS-C5.4:The transfer of energy can be tracked as energy flows through a designed or natural system.

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.

MS-C7.3:Stability might be disturbed either by sudden events or gradual changes that accumulate over time.

Science and Engineering Practices: 1

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

MS-P4.2:Use graphical displays (e.g., maps, charts, graphs, and/or tables) of large data sets to identify temporal and spatial relationships.

High School

Cross Cutting Concepts: 1

Energy and Matter

HS-C5.2:Changes of energy and matter in a system can be described in terms of energy and matter flows into, out of, and within that system.

Science and Engineering Practices: 1

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

HS-P4.1:Analyze data using tools, technologies, and/or models (e.g., computational, mathematical) in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims or determine an optimal design solution.

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