Lesson Plan #3 ~ Ocean Currents

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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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Ocean Currents

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. They do the experiments and draw conclusions about ocean currents throughout the world.

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