Climate Change & Extreme Weather NGSS MS-ESS3-2 Claim Evidence Reasoning CER



This product helps students understand the science of Climate Change and the possible impact it has on extreme weather events. It was written in 2015 and considering the intensity of the 2017 hurricane season the article is very prophetic. Students will use evidence in the article that climate change has and will continue to contribute to more intense storms, snow, rain, droughts and other weather events.

Claim Evidence Reasoning or C.E.R. charts are great for getting your students to explain phenomena in a meaningful way and it allows you as the instructor to adequately assess their understanding of concepts. The students figure out what the “Claim” is in the article, they then use data that supports the claim in the “Evidence” section, draw visual evidence and then explain why the evidence supports the claim in the “Reasoning ” section.

You get a CER graphic organizer, the key, the article, vocabulary words with definitions and the link to the website which is at the beginning of the article. This can be used as a current event and/or relating to weather and climate change.

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Includes the following vocabulary:

Carbon dioxide


Climate change

Computer model

Fossil fuels

Global warming

Greenhouse gas

Greenhouse effect

Industrial Revolution



It includes the following NGSS standards:


ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems

ESS3.D: Global Climate Change


Cause and Effect

Stability and Change


Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Stability and Change

It includes the following Common Core standards:

RST.11-12.1 – Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account. (HS-ESS3-5)

RST.11-12.2 – Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms. (HS-ESS3-5)

RST.6-8.1 – Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts. (MS-ESS2-5), (MS-ESS3-5)

RST.6-8.9 – Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic. (MS-ESS2-5)

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