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The Wonder of Science, Paul Andersen


K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 7 minutes, 47 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Weather and Climate

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  • This video introduces students to the difference between weather and climate and discusses how changes in climate can occur. 
  • In the first part of this video, students will learn about weather, the greenhouse effect, feedback loops, and climate change. 
  • Starting at 5 minutes and 10 seconds, the video provides teaching tips for all grade levels. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video provides suggestions for what concepts are appropriate for different grade levels and the first part of the video is a great introduction to weather and climate for some grade levels.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Stopping the video at 5 minutes and 10 seconds is suggested, as the last segment is focused on teacher suggestions.
  • Students should be familiar with the chemical symbols for water, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.


Scientist Notes
This resource introduces students to weather and climate, factors influencing weather and the climate, and also its complexity. This resource is valid and recommended for teaching.
  • 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.
      • MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
      • MS-ESS2-6 Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
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