What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?
Earth Science Communications Team, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; California Institute of Technology
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Middle School: 6 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept, 2 Science and Engineering Practices
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- This video can be used to introduce these scientific concepts. It would work well being incorporated into a larger activity/lesson on weather vs. climate or climate change.
- Students can be assigned different links to explore off of this page and then report back to their class or small group about what they learned.
- Teachers can take the larger question: "Why is the data showing our planet is warming" and lead to a larger discussion of human's impact on greenhouse gas emissions in an age appropriate way.
About the Science
- This video briefly introduces the difference between weather and climate, then it addresses that the climate is warming. It states that as an indication of climate change the sea level is rising.
- They know this because NASA is observing sea level rise through the use of their satellites.
- It also states that satellites monitoring changes in clouds can help understand changes in earth's climate.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- The video can stand alone.
- There are multiple links on the same page in this NASA Climate Kids resource to help students and teachers integrate this information into a larger context.
- There are several opportunities to stop the video and discuss the concepts in greater depth.
- NASA Climate Kids supports the user through multiple entry points into climate education. This video incorporates plain language and uses simple cartoon visuals. It includes information about NASA and what NASA is doing for climate research.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- There is a poster that replicates the video that can be downloaded.
- This video can stand on it's own to teach a single concept, but appropriately leads the user to a broader exploration of climate.