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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 weather. Students engage in Science and Engineering Practices like Analyzing and Interpreting Data (from weather maps), Developing and Using Models (to explain severe weather), and Planning and Carrying Out An Investigation (by solving a science mystery - The Case of the Desert Tornado).
Students would benefit from familiarity with the water cycle and the factors that influence climate, although this information could be provided by the teacher to supplement any missing prior knowledge.
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