It's All in the Name: Weather Versus Climate

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What goes up when rain comes down? An umbrella! Activity eight in the series of 12 explores weather and climate. In pairs, participants analyze maps, watch a short video, create a weather forecast, and complete a reading to determine the definitions of weather and climate. Individuals then draw weather and climate on a note card to keep as a reference and take a quiz to assess learning.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pairing proficient and non-proficient partners together allows for peer tutoring
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity best used with fifth and sixth graders
Pros

  • Great exploration of a few different sources to determine definitions
  • Activity is simple and easy to incorporate into a unit on weather and climate
Cons

  • The weather and climate video link for the explore portion does not work
Common Core