A Laboratory Simulation of Ocean Surface Currents

Stimulate interest in ocean currents with a simulation. The first installment of a five-part middle school series teaches future oceanographers about the forces that interact to cause ocean currents. A simulation shows how wind and the presence of land masses affects the ways currents travel.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a lab activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires a lot of materials; see materials list for requirements
  • Viewing additional resources in the classroom requires Internet access
Pros

  • Activity is in document form, so editing the resource is possible
  • Teacher guide includes essential/focus questions that can be used directly with pupils
Cons

  • Does not include any student worksheets