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Unit 3.1 Wild Wacky Weather


Area: Weather & Climate

This Third Grade unit is the FIRST in the curriculum of four (4) units developed to address the Third Grade science standards of the Michigan Science Standards related to Weather and Climate.

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Weather is a constant change of daily conditions with the ability to be predicted within a region based on temperatures, wind speed, and tends to form a seasonal pattern within a region. The patterns tend to develop with exceptions of random happenings, such as severe weather hazards and catastrophic events, such as, severe thunderstorms (Can connect to static electricity in Unit 1 Let’s Move It) accumulating snowstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and regional flooding. These odd happenings do not impact the climate over a long period of time. However, to reduce the financial impacts related to these hazards humans constantly improve construction. The impact occurs in annual weather patterns and phenomenons and not within the climate.  Weather can be different within a region. Climate is an average of daily temperatures, precipitation and location within a region. Weather and climate are not the same, but do have a relationship that impact a region.

Learning Targets: 
Students will be able to explain through written and oral communication and create models of human decisions based on a region's climate and weather.
Students will be able to relate regional impacts through discussion and presentation of data to generate conclusion.
Students will be able to evaluate reasonable evidence of a human interaction based on a region's climate and weather patterning.
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