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Author

Crash Course Kids

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Video, 4 minutes, 32 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Weather vs. Climate

Synopsis
  • This short video explains the difference between weather and climate. 
  • It discusses many types of weather patterns and events, and takes students through an animated investigation of climate.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Much of this video is animated, which makes it fun to watch and easy to understand.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The host uses Yuma, Arizona as an example for understanding the difference between weather and climate.
  • Vocabulary terms in this video include weather, climate, rain, snow, sleet, and thunderstorm.

Differentiation

  • Science teachers could pause the video at each definition so students could add the definition to their vocabulary notebooks.
  • Students could also read this digital textbook chapter on weather and climate, watch this video on the difference between weather and climate, or watch this video explaining how climate change makes extreme weather worse.
Scientist Notes
This video gives an elementary explanation of the differences between weather and climate, with detailed examples for students to gain deep insights. There is no contradiction in the resource, and it is recommended 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.
      • 3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
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