Changes in the Pacific

This Changes in the Pacific activity & project also includes:

You probably know that El Niño has something to do with weather — and drastic changes — all over the United States. Through the activity, learners research and compare normal Pacific Ocean conditions to those during both El Niño and La Niña.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a tool after teaching El Niño or La Niña to assess learner understanding of concepts taught
  • Post potential websites on the board for learners to use so they don't waste class time looking for appropriate sites
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity assumes learners understand upwelling
  • Have computers and Internet access for entire class or pairs of learners



  • Includes comparison of El Niño and La Niña
  • Learners look at and write about world weather changes, not just local conditions

  • Leaves it up to students to find specific websites
Common Core