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Author

Hot Mess

Grades

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South

Format

YouTube Video

Is Climate Change Supercharging Hurricanes?

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Synopsis
  • This engaging video discusses how climate change is supercharging hurricanes by examining Hurricane Harvey.
  • The video clearly explains the relationship between rising temperatures and the increase in the severity of hurricanes. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video uses engaging graphics and imagery to ensure students understand the content. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need to have a basic understanding of climate change. 
  • There is an advertisement at the end of the video. The video content ends at 2 minutes and 43 seconds. 

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
Attribution studies are a branch of climate science that look at individual weather events and attribute their strength to climate change. This PBS video explains how climate change made Hurricane Harvey worse. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • 3-ESS2-1 Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
      • HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 3-ESS3-1 Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
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