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Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Video, 5 minutes, 3 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

The Real Reason We Confuse Weather and Climate

Synopsis
  • This video clearly explains the differences and relationships between weather and climate. 
  • The video explains that humans are likely to create conclusions based on their own human experiences, resulting in confusion between weather and climate. 
Teaching Tips
Positives
  • The video uses a variety of imagery, music, and text to deliver the video information engagingly.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video includes commercials. The video information begins at 7 seconds and concludes at 4 minutes, 24 seconds. 

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
One of the tropes of climate denialism is to use weather to "prove" that climate change isn't real. This video resource from PBS explains the difference between climate and weather and why no one specific day is indicative of a changing climate. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • 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.
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
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