California Climate and the Atmosphere

In this 3-part lesson, students explore California climate and factors that are leading to changes within this climate system. Students begin by exploring California's climate and the state's topography. Next, they investigate coastal versus inland climate. Finally, they use My NASA Data to explore the effects of El NiÃo/La NiÃa on two locations found at the same latitude.

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Laura Wharton
Annette Brickley
Challenger Center for Space Science Education

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educators should spend time familiarizing themselves with the three lesson parts well before they decide to use this in class. Parts one and two could be done in middle school but Part three is more difficult. Will take more than two class periods.

Educators should be confident in understanding content on La Niño and La Niña and what the ENSO is, prior to starting. While the lesson is well organized, some assumptions are made that teachers understand these concepts.

Educators can flip flop sections as they see fit.

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