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The Path to El Nino
This interactive activity has elementary and younger middle school students investigate the causes and effects of periodic climate change. A fun crash course in El Nino is followed by a game in which students practice climate predictions. Kids who love the weather will be intrigued by this website, which investigates El Nino and the tools scientists use to monitor and predict the conditions that create it. Cartoons and photos accompany the text and the grand finale is The El Nino Game. Years ago, fishermen from Peru noticed that the Pacific Ocean often became warmer around Christmas. They nicknamed this change El Nino, which is Spanish for Christ child. Today, this climate condition is known as the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Climatology
Technical requirements:
Computer activity requires Shockwave Player.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-839
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Changes in environments
        • Sci. / tech. in local challenges
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Populations, resources, environments
        • Sci. / tech. in society
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History