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Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 10-40 minutes
  • Lesson Plans
  • Presentation Slides
  • Worksheets

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF, Microsoft Powerpoint

Extreme Weather: Climate Change Connections & Water

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Synopsis
  • In this activity, students will examine information about the connection between climate change and extreme weather from three sources: Climate Communication, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and The Guardian. 
  • The resource includes a lesson plan, a student handout, a student worksheet, and a PowerPoint presentation. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The lesson plan provides discussion questions for several academic subjects.
  • Students will hone their media literacy skills as they decipher the subtle difference in the messages from each source.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers must create a free account to access materials.
  • The lesson plan refers to a "constructivist media decoding process;" these materials will help teachers to understand the goals and design of the lesson.
  • Teachers may want to go over this handout on analyzing media messages before students complete the worksheet.
  • Teachers should research the sources ahead of time to understand the viewpoints and biases.

Differentiation

  • Students could respond to questions individually or in small groups before discussing the answers as a class.
  • The reading for this activity is a bit dense, so a structured reading process may help some students.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video on why climate change makes extreme weather worse, this video on how climate change has intensified hurricane season, and this TED-Ed video on the increasing number of extreme weather events.

Scientist Notes

This resource scales weather events relative to the magnitude and frequency of occurrence. The activity is suitable and recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.8.1 Cite textual evidence that strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences. (RI&RL)
      • R.8.2 Summarize texts, from a variety of genres, to determine one or more themes or central ideas and analyze their development over the course of the text. (RI&RL)
      • R.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different media—print, audio, video, stage, or digital—to present a particular subject or idea and analyze the extent to which a production remains faithful to or departs from the written text. (RI&RL)
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog1.b.m Interpret patterns in a variety of maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information (contour, cartogram, population, natural resource, historical maps) and explain relationships among them.
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