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This page is for the 8th grade weather and climate change project.
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    Common Core State Standards

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2.b: Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10: By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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    Online information

    The following is a list of online resources you can look at to get information about volcanoes. This information has either been purchase through our access to online databases, or we have vetted the sites for their validity, reliability, and accuracy.

    • EbscoHost (Student Resource Center)
      You'll find information in here on biomes. Click on Student Resource Center for easiest navigation.
    • Encyclopedia Britannica
      Britannica has a great article on all biomes as well as tons of images and videos you can watch to learn more.
    • Grolier Online
      Grolier Online features several articles on biomes, arranged by reading level. For a bigger challenge, switch to high school at the top.
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
      NOAA is the federal agency in charge of studying climate change and its impact on the United States.
    • Science Online
      Want something a little more intellectually rigorous? Try Science Online. The essays on the various biomes are thorough.
    • Today's Science
      News about biomes in the last few months can be found here, in Today's Science.
    • Encyclopedia of Climate Change  
      From Salem Press, this an an online encyclopedia of climate change. Check with the library for the remote password if you wish to access this resource from home.

    El Nino


    The study of past and ancient climates, their distribution and variation in space and time, and the mechanisms of long term climate variations.

    • The science of paleoclimatology
      This article summarizes the science of paleoclimatology.
    • A Warm Hiccup in an Ice Age?
      From Today's Science, this is an article that presents information about the various climate cycles that have affected the planet in the last million years.
    • Researchers Scour the Globe for Clues to Past Climates
      Scientists have taken great interest in a brief period of Earth's history, known as the Eemian interglacial period. This period, which lasted roughly from 115,000 to 135,000 years ago, could offer insights into the future of our present-day climate.

    Can the climate change in 6-8 weeks?

    • No Break for Climate Change
      This article from Today's Science presents a study that reports corrections to previous climate studies and how the slowdown in climate change reported in the early 2000s may have been an error in data.

    Can global warming disrupt the flow of ocean currents?

    Can hail and tornados form over California?

    Can hurricanes form over land?

    Can ice shelfs break off quickly?

    Can the oceans rise in feet that quickly?

    Can ocean temperatures drop rapidly?

    Can temperatures drop in the center of a hurricane?

    Can two tornadoes form into one large one?

    Do we drill for ice cores to understand climate?

    • Climate Records in Greenland Ice Questioned
      Analysis of ice from deep in the Greenland ice sheet has cast doubt on a much publicized theory about climate change.
    • Ice Cores Reveal Hot and Cold Climate
      Researchers dug deep into Greenland's ice sheet and were surprised to find that Earth's past contained many abrupt temperature changes. This new evidence of unstable weather patterns suggests the climate may be difficult to predict accurately.
    • An Icy Timeline of Earth's History
      The ice of Antarctica has given these researchers an unparalleled window on the history of Earth's climate for the last three-quarters of a million years

    Do you think hail can get to the size of volleyballs?

    • Explanation of hail
      From Science Online, this article explains hail and how it is created. One of the paragraphs explains how large hail can become.
    • Definition of hail
      From Science Online, this article defines hail.

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