Understanding El Niño Using Data in the Classroom

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Are weather troubles caused by El Nino? An installment of a larger series presents a five-part lesson on El Nino. First, scholars learn to read sea surface temperature maps. Then, they compare them to data on graphs before determining if an El Nino occurred during a specific time period based on the given data. They conclude the lesson by writing hypotheses and designing their own research to learn the answers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • For the final level, allow pupils to work together to design their research questions and use the tools to answer them
  • Practice writing a hypothesis before moving into level four
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of latitude/longitude, interpreting graphs, and weather

  • Allows pupils to work through the various levels at their own pace
  • Offers another chance if comprehension questions need multiple tries

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