Climate Change and the Water Cycle

Climate Change and the Water Cycle

Middle and High School Climate Activities

 

Click the links for engaging climate activities that you can do at home.  The activities are listed in order from introductory to more complex.

 


 

Use your understanding of the definitions of weather and climate to identify which of the two concepts is better represented by several figures that are included with the activity.

 

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This activity is aligned with the following NGSS Dimensions.  

Science and Engineering Practices:

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity; and Stability and Change

 

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

Weather and Climate

 


 

Read a short article and examine selections from the media to determine whether the American public and media tend to understand the difference between weather and climate.

 

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This activity is aligned with the following NGSS Dimensions.  

Science and Engineering Practices:

Engaging in Argument from Evidence; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

 

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

Weather and Climate


 

Two-four players can play a Chutes-and-Ladders-style board game to understand the effects of climate change on the water cycle.  Materials needed: a printer, two-four unique coins, one die, scissors, and tape.

 

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This activity is aligned with the following NGSS Dimensions.  

Science and Engineering Practices:

Developing and Using Models

 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Systems and System Models; and Cause and Effect

 

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

The Role of Water in Earth’s Processes

 


 

Analyze data from a desert field experiment to examine the effect of water availability on plant growth.

 

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This activity is aligned with the following NGSS Dimensions.  

Science and Engineering Practices:

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

 

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

Weather and Climate; and Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems