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Author

R. Saravanan

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Computer Science & Design Thinking

Resource Types

  • Video, 5 minutes, 22 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessment
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global

Is the Weather Actually Becoming More Extreme?

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  • This animated video explains why the number of extreme weather events has been increasing over recent decades and how this increase is likely to continue. 
  • The video explains the difference between weather and climate, how we predict both, and what these predictions can tell us about the future of our planet. 
  • There are also links to additional information and an interactive quiz.

Positives

  • The difference between weather and climate is clearly explained.
  • The video ends with a question that will inspire students to explore potential solutions to climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students must create an account with their school email to answer the questions.
  • Teachers can create an account to view or download student answers, customize lessons, and embed lessons in google classroom.
  • There is a commercial before the video.

Differentiation

  • This is a great video to use when teaching the difference between weather and climate, or the impact of climate change on extreme weather events.
  • Students could each choose a type of extreme weather discussed in the video to research further.
  • A few solutions are mentioned at the end of the video that students could explore in a science class.
  • Other resources about the difference between weather and climate include this activity from CK-12, this article from NASA, this video by Crash Course Kids, and this video by Hot Mess.
The video provides detailed scientific facts on how to distinguish weather and climate. The basic steps in measuring and predicting weather and projecting the climate are valid and thus, this resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
      • 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.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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