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El Nino: What is to Come?

El Nino: What is to Come?

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Author: Jessica Wood
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Students will gain factual scientific information regarding an incredibly relevant topic (time and location). They will need to look at the various sources to analyze the weather processes of El Nino, factors leading to its prediction, how it may affect us, and key vocabulary connected to content.

Grade 7-8

Students will be able to: identify processes leading to El Nino and provide oral/written explanation (using academic language) as to how these processes will effect us.

ESS2.D: Weather and Climate  Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns. (MS-ESS2-6)  Because these patterns are so complex, weather can only be predicted probabilistically. (MS-ESS2-5)


Big Question: In an essay, analyze the ways in which the weather processes of El Nino affect us as a community. These can be regarding our preparation, economy, lifestyle, transportation, etc. Why is it so important that we make these kinds of predictions about the weather. Connect your ideas through academic rationale (content vocabulary). (Intro, three body paragraphs-3 effects, conclusion making connection)

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Tutorial

El Nino is a term circulating throughout our community as Winter approaches. Do we know what this weather occurrence means? Do we know the ways in which it will effect our planet, our economy, or our lifestyles? Let's take a look at the processes of El Nino and why many scientists believe it is well on its way...


The Language of El Nino

http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/enso/enso.glossary.ht...

This page provides us with a rich overview for language necessary in understanding the weather processes occurring during El Nino.

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El Nino Preparation

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_29226966/el-...

This very recent article lays out some of the ways we can take precaution against the near possibility of El Nino.

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