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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.
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.
Students trace ocean currents on a world map. In this weather lesson plan, students discuss hurricanes as a springboard for studying the various ocean currents of the world. Students work with partners using the internet and a blank world map to plot to course of one specific ocean current. Groups are to write a short summary of their findings using Word and present their findings to the class.
Young scholars 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students 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. Students 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.
Middle schoolers examine the effects of temperature and density in ocean currents. In this density lesson plan, 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.