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Science, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts

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Overview: Weather, Global Warming and Climate Change

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  • This NASA article describes the difference between weather and climate, and defines the terms climate change and global warming. 
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  • The text is clear, concise, and written in student-friendly language. 
  • The text defines and distinguishes between climate change and global warming, which are two commonly interchanged terms. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The site includes many links to additional NASA resources related to climate change. 
  • This text is not translated into Spanish, but it links to related texts that are provided in both Spanish and English. 


  • In a science class, this text would be a great introduction to or review of the terms weather, climate, climate change, and global warming. 
  • In an English Language Arts class this text could be used to practice reading comprehension of technical science texts. 
  • If you are looking for a more extensive introduction to the basics of climate change, try the ebook Climate Crisis 101 or the video What is Climate Change?
  • Other resources that discuss the difference between weather and climate include the video and questions Weather vs. Climate by CK-12, the video Weather vs. Climate by Crash Course Kids, and the video The Real Reason We Confuse Weather and Climate by Hot Mess. 
Scientist Notes
This resource offers an explanation on the differences between weather and climate. Additionally it details what global warming is and how we know it is happening and how we know humans are causing it. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • 6-8.RST.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • 9-10.RST.10 By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
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