Modeling El Niño

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Young meteorologists model ocean currents under normal conditions and compare them to El Niño conditions. They then analyze how this affects the air masses above the ocean and contemplate how El Niño affects them. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Show a short video showing the effects of El Niño on populations in South America
  • After completion of the lab and discussion, explore La Niña through research and discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Have two or three demonstrations set up so everyone can see what is happening
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • You can find all materials at home
  • Resource gives background information about El Niño
  • Lab is easy to set up and complete
  • Includes correlated articles about El Niño with their Lexile levels
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