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Learning Exercise: El Nino Watch from Space

El Nino Watch from Space
More on the El Nino phenomenon. See text of assignment.
Course: 12th Grade Science/Language Arts


Submitted by:
Dr. Troy Tenhet
Date Last Modified:
December 28, 2005


ELL Literacy with NASA: El Nino Watch From Space
Grade Level: Twelfth Grade
Objectives: 1. Students will read and analyze text. 2. Students will learn about
El Nino. 3.Students will create a written (presentable) artifact showing their
idea of textual meaning.
CDE Language Arts: Reading Comprehension and Analysis: 2.4. Make warranted and
reasonable assertions about the author's arguments by using elements of the text
to defend and clarify interpretations.?2.5 Analyze an author's implicit and
explicit philosophical assumptions and beliefs about a subject.
CDE Science: Heating of
Earth's surface and atmosphere by the sun drives convection within the
atmosphere and oceans, producing winds and ocean currents. 5g: Students know
features of the ENSO (El NiƱo southern oscillation) cycle in terms of
sea-surface and air temperature variations across the Pacific and some climatic
results of this cycle. CDE-ELL Literacy Component: Concept
Development: Apply knowledge of academic and social vocabulary while reading
independently. Be able to use standard dictionary to find the meanings of
unfamiliar words. Interpret the meaning of unknown words by using knowledge
gained from previously read text. Understand idioms, analogies, and metaphors in
conversation and written text.
BTSA Component: Use for Standard 19 compliance.
Anticipatory Website: Critical Tasks: (in any
order) 1. Student teams should create visual images and drawings in order to
support their understanding. 2. Allow for multiple interactions (individual and
group). 3. When implementing lesson, follow the objectives. 4. Teacher must
model exploration of the difficult text. 5. Practice own and student ORAL
delivery of content. 6. Pre-teach concept of El Nino (use multiple images). 7.
Teacher and students are to be involved in guided reading. 8. Students must
report (orally) what they understand. 9. Student teams must create a written
Assessment: Informally through observation and
formally through the rubric building website located at
Additional Information:



  • High School


Science, Language Arts, ELD, Technology


Read and write at grade level.

Learning Objectives

1. Students will read and analyze text. 2. Students will learn about El Nino. 3.Students will create a written (presentable) artifact showing their idea of textual meaning.

Type of Task

  • Supplemental activity

Technical Notes

LCD projector and Internet needed. Laptop also.