Creating an El Niño Poster Model: Student Activity
These pages for this model were taken from The El Niño Poster.
- Coloring Pages (model pages)
- Crayons in the following colors:
- Light Blue
Have students fill in the color coded coloring sheets or models before answering question set 1.
Question Set 1
- Each color represents the difference between the normal sea level in centimeters. What is the approximate range of the difference between normal sea level for each color?
- What do negative numbers represent?
- What does zero represent?
- Compare the images from the different months.
- What differences do you see between March 1997 and May 1997?
- What differences do you see between May 1997 and November 1997?
- What differences do you see between November 1997 and January 1998?
- What differences do you see between January 1998 and February 1998?
- What differences do you see between February 1998 and May 1998?
- Explain what happened over the year.
Now examine the image from 2015 and answer question set 2.
Question Set 2
Compare the scales for the model pages you colored and the image.
- What additional color is there in the scale for the image?
- What height does the additional color represent?
- Are the ranges for the colors any different? Explain.
Compare the model you made to the image provided.
- What are the similarities between these two El Niño events?
- What are the differences between these two El Niño events?
Students will use coloring sheets to create a color coded model of El Niño. If the Data Literacy Map Cube is used with this, students should color their models first.
Supported NGSS Performance Expectations
- 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.
- HS-ESS2-4: Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.