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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.
Young scholars design and conduct an experiment to determine the effect of salinity and temperature changes in the movement of ocean currents. In this earth science lesson plan, students record observations and collect data. They share their analysis and findings with the class.
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 plan, students follow the provided steps to enable them to consider how explorers may have used ocean currents to their advantage.
Students observe two teacher demonstrations of what happens to ocean currents. In this ocean currents instructional activity, 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.
In this science worksheet, middle schoolers 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.
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.
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.
High schoolers 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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars gather information about currents, winds, and tides to solve problems related to coastal navigation.
Young scholars define data, recover data from the Internet, and use information they obtain to solve problems.  In this investigative 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.
Middle schoolers examine the effects of temperature and density in ocean currents. In this density lesson, students explain how coastal climates are impacted by ocean currents. They investigate how the ocean currents are affected by temperature and how this relates to density. They use their findings to discuss the relationships between ocean currents and coastal climates in various locations.
Seventh graders investigate how ocean currents affect climate. In this earth science lesson, 7th graders draw and label the current in their assigned ocean. They discuss how currents from the poles differ from the equator.
Students create their own ocean currents by using everyday items. They examine the constant pushing of molecules that makes us feel wind. They discuss how the water moves in the Southern Hemisphere.
Students explore marine life by conducting a rubber duck experiment. In this water currents lesson, students practice identifying latitude and longitude coordinates on a map and define the currents of major oceans. Students discuss the impact of plastic debris on our oceans and utilize a rubber duck, plastic pieces and a water pan to conduct an ocean litter experiment.
In this ocean worksheet, students complete a 13 question multiple choice on-line interactive quiz about ocean currents. Prior knowledge is assumed.
Learners 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.
By the end of this interdisciplinary lesson, youngsters will be able to describe the Gulf Stream ocean current and how it impacted the journey of the Mayflower ship. Reading, research, and the use of a really neat interactive website, "Museum Box," to build a display of the voyage. 

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