Weather Mystery: Case Of The Desert Tornado (MS-ESS2-5)

Weather Mystery: Case Of The Desert Tornado (MS-ESS2-5)
Weather Mystery: Case Of The Desert Tornado (MS-ESS2-5)
Weather Mystery: Case Of The Desert Tornado (MS-ESS2-5)
Weather Mystery: Case Of The Desert Tornado (MS-ESS2-5)
Weather Mystery: Case Of The Desert Tornado (MS-ESS2-5)
Weather Mystery: Case Of The Desert Tornado (MS-ESS2-5)
Weather Mystery: Case Of The Desert Tornado (MS-ESS2-5)
Weather Mystery: Case Of The Desert Tornado (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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  2. Engaging students in mysteries and puzzles is a great way to drive learning forward throughout a unit OR assess understanding at the end of a unit. This bundle features activities from the growing Middle School Science Mysteries activity series.Please read the description for each activity to get a
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In this activity/assessment, students apply their understanding of weather, air masses, thunderstorms and tornadoes to evaluate clues to explain a phenomenon (a severe storm in Arizona in 2019). Students carry out an investigation by collecting data from the clues provided and then develop and communicate an explanation of the phenomenon through a "Weather Report" presentation/video project. This activity is designed to fully address MS-ESS2-5.

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 thunderstorms and tornadoes form through the activities - Investigating Thunderstorms and Severe Weather (not included), Exploring Weather Fronts (not included), and Tornadoes and Severe Weather (not included). Students are also familiar with types of air masses.

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: Evaluate

Learning Target:

The Case Of The Desert Tornado

>> Students will collect data to provide evidence to explain how the motions and complex interactions of air masses resulted in a severe weather event.

Success Criteria:

The Case Of The Desert Tornado

>> I can analyze and interpret data to draw conclusions about the cause of a severe weather event.

>> I can provide evidence to explain how the motions and interactions of air masses resulted in a desert tornado.

Science and Engineering Practices:

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Crosscutting Concepts:

Cause and Effect

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 thunderstorms and tornadoes form through the activities - Investigating Thunderstorms and Severe Weather (not included), Exploring Weather Fronts (not included), and Tornadoes and Severe Weather (not included). Students are also familiar with types of air masses.

Resource Includes:

Teacher Guide (8 pages)

Student Activity Sheets (3 pages)

Class Pages (18 Clues + 1 Phenomenon)

includes Answer Keys + Rubric

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.
Total Pages
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Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 days
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