Understanding the C’s: Wind Circulation, Coriolis Effect, Surface Currents, Ocean Currents and Climate

This Understanding the C’s: Wind Circulation, Coriolis Effect, Surface Currents, Ocean Currents and Climate unit also includes:

There's more to climate than just the weather — explore the different components that affect weather with an enlightening resource. A hands-on unit takes an inquiry-based approach to studying wind and ocean currents. Learners discover connections between the currents including the impact of the Coriolis Effect and how each impact climate.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create five collaborative groups; have each present on one of the C's from their research
  • Randomly choose a location and use concepts from the unit to predict its climate
Classroom Considerations

  • Activities require a specific set of materials and time for set up
Pros

  • Includes a detailed teacher guide with question suggestions and solution keys
  • Strong emphasis on vocabulary
Cons

  • None
NGSS