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Your Own El Nino - NOAA Education

Lesson Plan 

Students use a model that recreates trade winds and upwelling to illustrate the changes in circulation that are associated with the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

Concept: Climate cycles
Changes in ocean circulation patterns affect weather and climate.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation
Constance, change, and measurement

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

9-12 B Physical Science
Motions and forces

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Energy in the earth system

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Natural Resources
Environmental quality

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 3. The ocean is major influence on weather and climate (concept c)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 11 Highways in the Sea 11:20-24