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Extreme Weather: Climate Change & Winter for Science

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment


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In this lesson, students discover how climate change could be making extreme winter weather worse.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss extreme weather events they have experienced and watch a video about extreme winter weather.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students dive deeper into the polar vortex and lake effect snow, learning about how they may relate to climate change.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students complete a jigsaw activity to explore two different examples of extreme winter weather events related to the polar vortex and lake effect snow.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Explain key differences between the polar vortex and lake effect snow.
  • Use data to explain how these weather events are related to climate change.
  • Discuss how these extreme weather events impact communities, specifically those most vulnerable.

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Extreme Weather Lesson _ Science Activities _ Gr. 6-8 _ Free.pdf

Lesson Plan
September 6, 2023
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Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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