Discussing Use the questions at the end of each GNN article as prompts for classroom discussion.
Contrasting Have students read both GNN articles and then write a paragraph that contrasts them. Students should realize that the polar vortex article discusses low temperature events while the warming trend article discusses how, overall, winter has been warmer over the prior decade. Then, ask students to predict what type of weather this winter will bring in your area. Reflect on their predictions as the season unfolds.
Comparing Using the California precipitation map, have students compare rainfall and snowfall. Do the same areas receive both? Why or why not?
Making Connections Using the same California map, discuss how precipitation affects California’s agricultural industry. Help students make the connection between precipitation and agriculture.
Researching Project the map about registered snowmobiles in the U.S. Then, ask students to research to learn more about how snowmobiles work. They should present what they have learned. Some students may be interested in making a model snowmobile. Others may want to compare snowboards, which have no motor, with snowmobiles, which do have an engine.