Lesson Plan #3 ~ Ocean Currents
Sixth graders experiment to understand the ocean's currents. For 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.
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