Lesson Plan #3 ~ Ocean Currents

6th
149 Downloads

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.

Resource Details

Subjects
Earth Science
Instructional Design
Inquiry-Based Learning
Includes
Assignment
Source/Host
Teacher's Network

Two Way Tables

Starting statisticians work with several sets of data, all of which involve two variables taken from the same subjects. They complete two-way tables and compute relative frequencies. Although the handouts are not visually appealing, topics of the data are of interest to middle schoolers and the exercises are pertinent to meeting Common Core standards for this age group. Teacher's support includes a lesson outline, worksheets, an assessment, and an answer key (for the assessment only).

Designing Tools for Ocean Exploration

High schoolers investigate the tools and technology used in ocean exploration. They participate in a simulated ocean exploration trip, take samples from a simulated ocean, complete dive logs, and analyze the results.

Global Warming in a Jar

This well-organized lab activity introduces earth science pupils to the greenhouse effect. They will set up two experiments to monitor temperatures in an open jar, a closed jar, and a closed jar containing water. Ideally, you would have small groups perform their own tests, but if you do not have enough jars with lids, they can be done as a whole-class demonstration. A full-page data table, empty graphs, and analysis questions are all provided to help learners process the data. The lesson would make a nice starting point for a unit that addresses global warming and climate change.

Understanding Proportions and Scale Drawings

Proportions are ratios found using multiplication or division. Middle schoolers solve measurement problems, find a figure's missing dimension, and find the distance between two points. Resource features four lesson plans with detailed procedures, and hands on materials to elucidate and practice the concepts.

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics: Tire and Wheel Assemblies

Is bigger really better? By the end of this lesson plan, learners will be able to apply formulas for computing the diameter of tires and wheel assemblies. Begin by showing a slide presentation that will review definitions for radius and diameter, unit conversions, and decimal/percent conversions. A real-world sample problem is worked out step-by-step using the formula for diameter. Two worksheets and their answer keys are provided. 

Observing Reactions

Young scholars use the scientific method to complete to experiments that have visible reactions. For this visible reaction lesson, students participate in an experiment with melting ice and one with inflating a balloon. Young scholars record their observations of the visual changes in these experiments.

Ocean Acidification Mock Conference

In a comprehensive role playing activity, teens play the parts of different stakeholders in the realm of acidic oceans. They research, debate, and create a presentation from the perspective of either ocean organisms, the fishing industry, energy companies, the transportation industry, the recreation industry, or the public. By taking the perspective of one of these key figures, learners are able to delve deeply into the economic, environmental, and ecological impacts of the issue of ocean acidity. Additionally, there is ample teacher background supplied to help you brush up on the important elements of this topic.

STEM: Lou-Vee Air Car

A comprehensive lesson on acceleration awaits your physicists and engineers! Two YouTube videos pique their interest, then sample F=ma problems are worked and graphed. The highlight of the lesson is the building of a Lou-Vee air car! Emerging engineers find its mass and compute its acceleration in order to figure out the force provided by the "engine." Math and science collide in this forceful feat!

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.

Science Current Events Lessons

You can use current events to increase student understanding of both science concepts and language arts skills.

Be the first to comment


Join Lesson Planet Community, our free teacher discussion forum, to share ideas about this resource, and more.

Join the Conversation

Featured Testimonial


Amber O.
Lesson Planet has helped me find a variety of resources to teach my given curriculum! It has been an amazing partner in my teaching.
Amber O.
Clendenin, WV