Ocean Current Teacher Resources
Find Ocean Current educational ideas and activities
Showing 1 - 20 of 585 resources
Lesson Plan #3 ~ Ocean Currents
Sixth graders experiment to understand the ocean's currents. In this ocean current instructional activity, 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.
The Mayflower's Atlantic Crossing
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.
2nd - 6th Science
Message in a Bottle - A Satellite Journey through the Gulf Stream
The Gulf Stream has historically provided humans with a faster trade route because of its swift-moving waters. It continues to be a source of information and fascination for oceanographers today. As your class views this collection of slides, they will learn what drives not only The Gulf Stream, but all of the world ocean currents.
7th - 12th Science
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 lesson, students record observations and collect data. They share their analysis and findings with the class.
7th - 8th Science
The Global You
Illustrate the meaning and importance of global citizenship using this resource, through which class members will compare how an activity involving global ocean currents and building a dam actually illustrates how countries across the planet can be affected by the decisions of just one nation.
6th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Bill Nye The Science Guy on Ocean Currents
Density drives the ocean currents. The difference in density is caused by the sun heating up the water and causing evaporation that leaves salt behind. The result? Thermohaline circulation! You could highlight this fine film in your lesson on density, ocean currents, or how the sun affects Earth.
2 mins 5th - 8th Science
The Motion of the Ocean
What drives the ocean's motion? Get your class moving toward understanding by using this video. Viewers find that thermohaline circulation is caused by the concentration gradients of temperature and salinity. Using adorable animation in which water and salt molecules have arms and faces, middle schoolers are sure to stay engaged.
5 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Round and Round
Learners interpret data from a three-dimensional array of current monitors to determine an overall pattern of water circulation. They hypothesize what effect an observed water circulation pattern might have on seamount fauna. A very interesting and high-level science lesson!
9th - 12th Science
Finding the Deep Water Masses of the Atlantic Ocean
Students 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.
9th - 12th Science
Ducks in the Flow: Resources about Surface Ocean Currants for the Upper Elementary Classroom
Students investigate surface ocean currents. For this oceanography lesson, students work in small groups to create models that demonstrate surface currents, the Coriolis Effect, and how surface currents move debris. This lesson includes a storybook and three classroom activities that are very hands-on.
3rd - 5th Science
Rubber Duckies and Ocean Currents
Young scholars explore marine life by conducting a rubber duck experiment. In this water currents activity, students practice identifying latitude and longitude coordinates on a map and define the currents of major oceans. Young scholars 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.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
NUMB3RS Activity: Where’s the Source? Episode: “Undercurrents”
Several real-world problems are posed as a way to learn about vector fields in order to make some predictions after analyzing the data. The main problem comes from the tv show NUMB3RS and is based on solving a crime where a body has washed up on a beach in LA.
9th - 12th Math CCSS: Designed
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.
5th - 9th Science
Changing Planet: The Case of the Leaky Gyre
The fascinating video "Changing Planet: Fresh Water in the Arctic," introduces your oceanographers to the world's gyres. They learn that melting sea ice is making the gyres larger, and that the changes could, in turn, contribute even more to global climate change.
7th - 10th Science
The Oceans, Waves, Tides & Currents
Your introductory lesson to oceanography can be outlined with this apropos presentation. It touches on the physical features of the ocean floor, waves, tides, and currents. One small issue is that some of the graphics are not of the clearest quality; you may want to take the time to update them.
5th - 7th Science