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El Nino
This site is a joint effort of NOAA Research and the College of Education at the University of South Alabama. The goal of the site is to provide middle school science students and teachers with research and investigation experiences using on-line resources. In this unit students explore what El Nino is, where it is located, how it is created, and weather changes that El Nino causes. Students analyze and compare patterns of this weather phenomenon to predict future occurrences and effects of El Nino. Parts of the unit include gathering information from other websites, applying the data gathered, and enrichment exercises. This site contains a downloadable teachers guide, student guide, and all activity sheets to make the unit complete.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
    • Module / Unit
  • Visual:
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
These World Wide Web pages are provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Information presented on these pages is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-133
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in society
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research


Contributor: Dr John V. Dempsey
University of South Alabama