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El Niño and Its Impact on the World

The activity takes a hands-on approach to understanding El Niño by physically showing and feeling the process. It consists of an El Niño demo to be performed by the teacher and observed by the class as well as an experiment to be conducted by the students themselves individually or in pairs to illustrate the connection between water temperature and atmospheric temperature. Students are asked to make conclusions based on their findings and then examine the chain of events stemming from El Niño.

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MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
Public Broadcasting System (PBS)
Activity takes about 2-4 class periods.

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The video is not really necessary to do the activities. It provides support for visual learners while the demo/experiment more tactile and the discussion segment is verbal. The background materials and instructions are clear. There are teacher's notes on page 13. There is an El Niño's cause and effect worksheet for students (and teacher answer guide).

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