Subjects & Disciplines
- Digitally graph climatic trends.
- Identify technological strategies to respond to the effects of extreme weather events.
- Collect and graph current local data on key weather variables.
- Discuss the concept of statistical variation, using examples from local weather and climate data.
- Chart data and calculate summary statistics digitally.
- Revise a model of an extreme weather event to incorporate the role of global warming and climate change.
- Relate global warming and climate change to extreme weather.
- Read to define key weather variables.
- Collect and graph current, local data on these key weather variables.
- Revise a model of an extreme weather event to incorporate the roles of, and interactions between, key weather variables.
- Read to compare and contrast the terms weather and climate.
- Create an initial model of an extreme weather event.
- Link causes and effects of multiple types of extreme weather.
- Project-based learning
- Cooperative learning
- Lab procedures
- Multimedia instruction
21st Century Student Outcomes
- Information, Media, and Technology Skills
- Learning and Innovation Skills
- Life and Career Skills
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
Science and Engineering Practices
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
- Developing and using models
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
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- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, 1 computer per pair, Color printer, Monitor/screen, Printer, Projector, Speakers
- Computer lab
- Large-group instruction
- Large-group learning
- Small-group learning
- Small-group work
Step 3: Each of the articles in this step has been leveled to accommodate readers at multiple levels.
Recommended Prior Lessons
force per unit area exerted by the mass of the atmosphere as gravity pulls it to Earth.
all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
amount of sky covered with clouds.
period of greatly reduced precipitation.
rare and severe events in the Earth's atmosphere, such as heat waves or powerful cyclones.
increase in the average temperature of the Earth's air and oceans.
amount of water vapor in the air.
tropical storm with wind speeds of at least 119 kilometers (74 miles) per hour. Hurricanes are the same thing as typhoons, but usually located in the Atlantic Ocean region.
mathematical value between the two extremes of a set of numbers. Also called the average.
situated in the middle.
all forms in which water falls to Earth from the atmosphere.
difference between the smallest and largest value in a set of numbers.
degree of hotness or coldness measured by a thermometer with a numerical scale.
a violently rotating column of air that forms at the bottom of a cloud and touches the ground.
state of the atmosphere, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, humidity, precipitation, and cloudiness.
uncontrolled fire that happens in a rural or sparsely populated area.
movement of air (from a high pressure zone to a low pressure zone) caused by the uneven heating of the Earth by the sun.