El Niño

This El Niño lesson plan also includes:

El Nino, La Nina ... and the Santa Maria? The 11th installment of a 23-part NOAA Enrichment in Marine sciences and Oceanography (NEMO) program explains the mechanism of El Nino/Southern Oscillation. Pupils use previous data to determine if 2009-2010 was an El Nino year.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners find newspaper articles on the effect of El Nino
Classroom Considerations

  • Demonstration requires materials, such as food coloring
  • Learners need to have knowledge of intersections between the ocean and the atmosphere (covered in previous lessons)
Pros

  • Activity uses actual historical records
  • Demonstration allows learners to see how El Nino works
Cons

  • None