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Author

NASA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Video, 1 minute, 16 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

NASA's Earth Minute: Blowin' in the Wind

Synopsis
  • In this video NASA explains the importance of wind and how it impacts things like the weather, seafood, cargo ships, and offshore oil rigs. 
  • NASA explains how they measure wind from space using radio signals and how they use that information to help predict hurricanes and tropical storms. The data they collect is also used to develop weather and climate models. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video is short and well explained. The animations used in the video add to overall comprehension.
  • In this video NASA does a good job of explaining how wind impacts many aspects of life on Earth and why it's so important to study.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be an ad before the video. 
  • Students should be familiar with radio waves.
  • Students should know the definition of the words "phenomena," "El Niño," and "headwinds."

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
This resource explains how and why scientists study the wind; it can help improve weather forecasts, develop better climate models, and track hurricanes. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
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