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Lesson Plan #3 ~ Ocean Currents
Sixth graders experiment to understand the ocean's currents. In this ocean current lesson, 6th graders complete an experiment with two bottles of water and an index card to discover information about the ocean current. Students complete a worksheet and two online activities related to ocean currents.
Ocean Currents and Sea Surface Temperature
Students use satellite data to explore sea surface temperature. They explore the relationship between the rotation of the Earth, the path of ocean current and air pressure centers. After studying maps of sea surface temperature and ocean surface winds, students discuss and map, the cold and warm currents. From the information they collect, they determine the best place to fish, and where fog may be found.
Factors Affecting Ocean Currents
Students design and conduct an experiment to determine the effect of salinity and temperature changes in the movement of ocean currents. In this earth science instructional activity, students record observations and collect data. They share their analysis and findings with the class.
Students label the names, relative temperature, distribution, and direction of flow of major ocean currents on a world map. They also explore and model the natural forces that affect the movement of ocean currents through demonstrations in class, laboratory experiments, and internet research.
Fourth graders work in groups to research ocean currents and create posters with their findings. They locate the patterns and names of major ocean currents and identify them on a map. Students also use red pencil to show ocean currents on a map.
Students examine ocean currents. In this investigative lesson, students examine ocean currents and the relationship between the ocean, our atmosphere, and the weather. They will create a model of an ocean current.
Students determine how water and wind affect ocean currents. In this science investigation lesson, students follow the provided steps to enable them to consider how explorers may have used ocean currents to their advantage.
Deep Ocean Currents
Students observe the interactions of different temperatures of water using colored ice and a thermometer and then compare the results with global ocean current solar heating. They identify where floating ice would be found in the ocean, where cold water can be found, and where cold water flows in the ocean. Finally, students determine the mix of water temperatures in the ocean.
Students observe two teacher demonstrations of what happens to ocean currents. In this ocean currents lesson, students watch as the teacher adds different substances such as pepper, salt, and food coloring to a fish tank before they describe what happens during each trial. They do the experiments and draw conclusions about ocean currents throughout the world.
Students discover the geography of Earth by analyzing water currents. In this oceanography lesson plan, students create visual references on a map of the globe where and why major ocean currents are moving water. Students conduct a water current experiment in their class with hot tap water.
Motion in the Ocean
How does the formation of currents and waves in the ocean happen? High schoolers will learn about the primary causes for ocean currents and waves by calculating a wave's amplitude and nautical mile speed. Then they will complete a problem solving worksheet. Finally, they will complete the study with write an essay how the Coriolis force affects them personally.
Middle schoolers investigate how ocean currents affect our world. In this ocean currents lesson, students perform an experiment to show how cold water is near the poles and warm water is near the equator. Middle schoolers use water, food coloring, ice cubes, and a baking dish to perform the experiment. Students create a report with their results, diagrams and an explanation.
Modelling Ocean Currents
Students construct a replica of the Atlantic ocean given certain parameters. In this earth science instructional activity, students draw their own map of ocean currents. They answer questions related to the activity.
Finding the Deep Water Masses of the Atlantic Ocean
Learners describe the role of density in driving deep ocean currents and the density layers of the ocean. They determine that the ocean is one continuous body of water with global currents that interact, with water surrounding all landforms.
Ocean Currents Word Search
In this science worksheet, students find the terms that are related to the ocean currents and the answers are found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
Motion in the Ocean
Students determine the causes of ocean currents and waves. Students explain how and why ocean currents vary with increasing latitude. Student also explain the cause of the Coriolis effect and calculate the magnitude of ocean currents.
Ready, Set, Drift!
Learners determine how navigators of ships predict and compensate for the effect of coastal ocean currents. Students use an online database to retrieve data on water movement for selected areas. Learners gather information about currents, winds, and tides to solve problems related to coastal navigation.
Ready, Set, Drift!
High schoolers define data, recover data from the Internet, and use information they obtain to solve problems. In this investigative instructional activity students answer questions on a worksheet and demonstrate the use of a maneuvering board in solving problems involving ocean currents and navigation.
Students conduct a variety of investigations to see how water, heat, and salinity affect the flow of the world's ocean currents,as well as, explore many factors that affect the flow of the world's ocean currents. They also describe in discussion of an exploration how wind currents affect surface ocean currents.
A Whaling Voyage
Students plot the track of a whaling voyage and relate it to ocean currents. They need to explain and use latitude and longitude to plot ship positions on the globe.