Weather, Climate and Global Warming OER

We are delighted that we have published Weather, Climate and Global Warming OER, a teaching material for the third and fourth level students on

About This Resource:


This resource was originally developed for Leith Academy and Liberton High School as part of the Geosciences Outreach Course at the University of Edinburgh. The material was then re-adapted for use as an Open Educational Resource (OER) by OER Service, the Information Services Group at the University. As an OER, teachers are welcome to make any changes to their resources according to their needs. To find out more OERs by the University of Edinburgh, visit TES website.



This is a package for one lesson for the third and fourth level (S1&2) students to develop knowledge and understanding about climate change through a variety of group activities. The lesson starts with a daily topic of weather, leading students to learn the differences between weather and climate and the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather. Then, students are invited to develop climate graph-reading skills and an understanding of the greenhouse effect and greenhouse gases.


Learning Outcomes:

  • I can define weather as what is happening outside right now.
  • I can explain that climate is the average of all the weather that has happened in a region over more than 30 years.
  • I can recognise that rapid global warming is causing the climate to change.
  • I can infer that global warming is causing extreme weather like excessive rain, more hurricanes, extreme heat, cold and drought.
  • I can interpret and extract information from climate graphs.
  • I can explain the greenhouse effect is like a blanket that prevents heat escaping causing the Earth to warm up.
  • I can name some of the (greenhouse) gases causing global warming, for example, carbon dioxide, methane, or water vapour.
  • I can illustrate and model the chemical structure of the different greenhouse gases.


Experiences and Outcomes (Es & Os):

LIT 3-10a: I am developing confidence when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning. I can communicate in a clear, expressive way and I am learning to select and organise resources independently.

LIT 4-10a: I can communicate in a clear, expressive manner when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning, and can independently select and organise appropriate resources as required.

MNU 4-20a: I can evaluate and interpret raw and graphical data using a variety of methods, comment on relationships I observe within the data and communicate my findings to others.

SOC 3-12a: I can investigate the relationship between climate and weather to be able to understand the causes of weather patterns within a selected climate zone.

SOC 4-12a: I can identify threats facing the main climate zones, including climate change, and analyse how these threats impact on the way of life.

SCN 3-05b: I can explain some of the processes which contribute to climate change and discuss the possible impact of atmospheric change on the survival of living things.

What this pack includes:

  • Teacher’s Guide (this document) (Word, pdf)
  • Climate Change Extreme Weather matching cards (ppt, pdf)
  • Climate Change Extreme Weather matching cards – answers (ppt, pdf)
  • Odd One Out summary worksheet (Word, pdf)
  • Odd One Out summary worksheet – answers (Word, pdf)
  • Taboo cards (Word, pdf)
  • How to Build Chemical Models info sheet (Word, pdf)
  • Class slides (ppt, pdf)


Weather, Climate and Global Warming’ was developed by Kay Douglas and Katherine Taylor, adapted by Mayu Ishimoto, and is available under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 unless otherwise stated.


Header: The 1980-2015 seasonal cycle anomaly in MERRA2 along with the 95% uncertainties on the estimate of the mean, 2024 June, Goddarf Space Flight Centre NASA, in accordance with NASA Media Usage Guidelines.