The Sky and Dichotomous Key

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3
Organization:NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Summary:In this lesson, students learn about different cloud types and the associated weather they may bring -, putting themselves in the shoes of NASA's Cloudsat mission team as they were developing and important Earth-observing satellite. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and it teaches them strategies for making observations about the weather. By learning how clouds can be used to predict weather, students can better understand when severe weather may be coming. Next, students ask questions and gather information to identify areas in the school affected by inclement weather. Then, students will define a problem they would like to change or correct. They can brainstorm solutions to help ease the impacts of severe weather and then build, test, and redesign their solution to make improvements.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D; ESS2.E; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:3-ESS3-1; K-2-ETS1-1; K-ESS2-1; K-ESS2-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Systems and system models
Subjects: atmosphere; climate; elementary school; k-3; k-5; k-5 geosource; meteorology; nasa; severe weather; weather; weather hazards
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