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The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Videos, 1 minute, 10 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 17 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 32 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 56 minutes, CC
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 2 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 4 minutes, 14 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 32 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 41 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 17 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 32 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 2 seconds, CC
  • Interactive Media
  • Worksheets
  • Assessments

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States

Format

PDF

Extreme Weather 101

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Synopsis
  • This online course about extreme weather and climate change includes videos, descriptions, interactive quizzes, links to additional information, and handouts.
  • The course consists of 11 self-paced sections on topics such as droughts, extreme precipitation, Atlantic hurricanes, and extreme heat.
  • Students may be able to complete the entire course in one to two hours.
Teaching Tips

Positives:

  • The basics of climate change and weather, regional trends in the United States, and the difference between global warming and climate change are great for students of any subject.
  • The short videos use graphics, data, and visuals to make the material more accessible. 
  • The quizzes help students to check their understanding and provide real-time feedback when students select the wrong answer.

Additional Prerequisites:

  • This course requires users to sign up for the online course provider, Udemy using an email address. If teachers do not want students to sign up for Udemy, they can project the videos for the class and answer the quiz questions as a group. 
  • The Regional Climate Trends section links to the National Climate Assessment report from 2014. A newer report offering more up-to-date information is available.
  • Many of the sections include links to extra resources, which users can access by clicking on the Resources drop-down button next to the video titles in the course content sidebar.

Differentiation:

  • This content could be used for adult learners, clubs, parents, or anyone interested in learning the basics about climate change.
  • During the Regional Climate Trends section, teachers could break students into regional groups and have them summarize the main effects of climate change for each region. Each group could present the information on their region to the class.  
  • Students could choose one of the extreme weather toolkit handouts and use the information to make an infographic on extreme weather preparation. The finished infographics could be displayed in the school, or digital copies could be posted online.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video on how attribution scientists have found links between climate change and extreme weather, this lesson on local and global extreme weather events, and this TED-Ed video on how extreme weather impacts coastal communities.
Scientist Notes
The resource contains basic information on weather extremes, climate, and regional climate trends, and provides tool kits. Students will be able to gain a deeper understanding on the relationship between weather and climate events, how they cause natural disasters, and better ways to prepare for extreme conditions. The resource is suitable for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
      • MS-ESS2-6 Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
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