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Science (2015) Grade(s): KG


Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasts in planning for, preparing for, and responding to severe weather.*

Unpacked Content

Scientific and Engineering Practices

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect


Students know:
  • There are patterns related to local severe weather that can be observed (e.g., certain types of severe weather happen more in certain places).
  • Weather patterns (e.g., some events are more likely to occur in certain regions) help scientist predict severe weather before it happens.
  • Severe weather warnings are used to communicate predictions about severe weather.
  • Weather forecasting can help people plan for, and respond to, specific local weather (e.g., responses: stay indoors during severe weather, go to cooling centers during heat waves; preparations: evacuate coastal areas before a hurricane, cover windows before storms).


Students are able to:
  • Ask questions based on observations to find more information about the world.
  • Obtain, evaluate and communicate information from observations and grade appropriate text or media.
  • Obtain information to describe patterns in the natural world.


Students understand that:
  • Severe weather has causes that generate observable patterns.


  • Weather
  • Forecasting
  • Severe
  • Purpose
  • Obtain Information