Tornadoes and Severe Weather (MS-ESS2-5)

Tornadoes and Severe Weather (MS-ESS2-5)
Tornadoes and Severe Weather (MS-ESS2-5)
Tornadoes and Severe Weather (MS-ESS2-5)
Tornadoes and Severe Weather (MS-ESS2-5)
Tornadoes and Severe Weather (MS-ESS2-5)
Tornadoes and Severe Weather (MS-ESS2-5)
Tornadoes and Severe Weather (MS-ESS2-5)
Tornadoes and Severe Weather (MS-ESS2-5)
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NGSSMS-ESS2-5
NGSSMS-ESS2-6
NGSSMS-ESS2-4
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  1. These activities are part of the longer, NGSS-aligned unit - Organisms and Their Environments - which addresses several NGSS standards. However, the activities in THIS bundle focus on weather -- the movement of air masses, weather fronts, the development of thunderstorms, tornadoes and severe weathe
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In this activity set, students investigate the factors that contribute to the development of tornadoes. They apply their understanding of the water cycle, weather, and climate factors to tornadogenesis. Emphasis is on developing and using models (SEP) and the movement of energy and matter (CCC).

This activity is a part of the complete middle school unit, Organisms and Their Environments. Students have already developed an understanding of the water cycle and the factors that affect climate in this complete unit. Students have also been introduced to the factors that impact weather conditions, such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, and precipitation, through the Weather Basics activity sequence (not included). They have also developed an understanding of how isolated thunderstorms form through the activity - Investigating Thunderstorms and Severe Weather (not included) and the development of severe weather over larger geographic areas through Exploring Weather Fronts (not included).

If you are interested in the complete Organisms and Their Environments unit, you can find the relevant activities at iExploreScience on TeachersPayTeachers or in the sample resource library at the Science Teacher Tribe. You can view the complete unit storyline at iExploreScience.com/units when it is released.

This activity is part of a complete unit that builds towards these standards:

MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. 

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. 

5E Model Phase: Elaborate

Learning Target:

Tornado Season

>> Students will analyze and interpret data in light of their understanding of weather and climate to develop an explanation for the development of severe weather.

>> Students will analyze data to develop questions about the factors that contribute to the development of severe weather and tornadoes.

Modeling A Tornado

>> Students will explore the ingredients of severe storms to develop a model that illustrates how a tornado forms.

Understanding Tornadogenesis

>> Students will obtain information from several sources to revise their model of tornadogenesis.

Success Criteria:

Tornado Season

>>I can ask question from my data about the development of severe weather and tornadoes.

>> I can use what I have learned about weather and climate to explain why severe weather often develops at certain times and in certain regions.

Modeling A Tornado

>> I can develop a model of how a tornado forms by obtaining information from several sources.

Understanding Tornadogenesis

>> I can revise my model of tornadogenesis by obtaining information from multiple sources.

Science and Engineering Practices:

Asking Questions and Designing Solutions

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Developing and Using Models

Crosscutting Concepts:

Energy and Matter

Patterns

Prior Knowledge:

This activity is a part of the complete middle school unit, Organisms and Their Environments. Students have already developed an understanding of the water cycle and the factors that affect climate in this complete unit. Students have also been introduced to the factors that impact weather conditions, such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, and precipitation, through the Weather Basics activity sequence (not included). They have also developed an understanding of how isolated thunderstorms form through the activity - Investigating Thunderstorms and Severe Weather (not included) and the development of severe weather over larger geographic areas through Exploring Weather Fronts (not included).

Resource Includes:

Teacher Guide (11 pages)

Student Activity Sheets (4 pages)

Class Activity Sheets (9 pages)

includes Answer Keys

For related resources, don’t forget to check out…

Earth and Space Science

Ecosystems

Weather and Climate

Water and Water Resources

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NGSSMS-ESS2-5
Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions. Emphasis is on how air masses flow from regions of high pressure to low pressure, causing weather (defined by temperature, pressure, humidity, precipitation, and wind) at a fixed location to change over time, and how sudden changes in weather can result when different air masses collide. Emphasis is on how weather can be predicted within probabilistic ranges. Examples of data can be provided to students (such as weather maps, diagrams, and visualizations) or obtained through laboratory experiments (such as with condensation). Assessment does not include recalling the names of cloud types or weather symbols used on weather maps or the reported diagrams from weather stations.
NGSSMS-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. Emphasis is on how patterns vary by latitude, altitude, and geographic land distribution. Emphasis of atmospheric circulation is on the sunlight-driven latitudinal banding, the Coriolis effect, and resulting prevailing winds; emphasis of ocean circulation is on the transfer of heat by the global ocean convection cycle, which is constrained by the Coriolis effect and the outlines of continents. Examples of models can be diagrams, maps and globes, or digital representations. Assessment does not include the dynamics of the Coriolis effect.
NGSSMS-ESS2-4
Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. Emphasis is on the ways water changes its state as it moves through the multiple pathways of the hydrologic cycle. Examples of models can be conceptual or physical. A quantitative understanding of the latent heats of vaporization and fusion is not assessed.
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