Ocean Currents

7th - 8th

Students examine ocean currents. In this investigative lesson, students examine ocean currents and the relationship between the ocean, our atmosphere, and the weather. They will create a model of an ocean current.

Resource Details

Instructional Design
Inquiry-Based Learning
1 hr

Modelling Ocean Currents

Learners construct a replica of the Atlantic ocean given certain parameters. In this earth science lesson plan, students draw their own map of ocean currents. They answer questions related to the activity.

Ocean Currents

Students determine how water and wind affect ocean currents. In this science investigation lesson, students follow the provided steps to enable them to consider how explorers may have used ocean currents to their advantage.

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.

How Temperature Affects Density

Students examine the effects of temperature and density in ocean currents. In this density lesson, 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.

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.

Currently Warm

Seventh graders investigate how ocean currents affect climate. In this earth science lesson, 7th graders draw and label the current in their assigned ocean. They discuss how currents from the poles differ from the equator.

Continents and Currents

Students study the movement of continents and how that affects oceanic circulation. In this ocean currents lesson, students use milk and food coloring to complete an experiment that simulates ocean currents. Students add stones and to the experiment and discuss what happens. Students may complete extension activities for the topic using the given websites.

Ocean Currents and Sea Surface Temperature

Learners 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.

Understanding Oceans

Middle schoolers 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. Middle schoolers 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.

Currents - Their Causes and Effects

Students participate in an experiment to determine the relationship between global air circulation and oceanic currents.

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