Ocean Currents

Marine Science Activities for Grades 5—8

Written by Catherine Halversen, Kevin Beals, Craig Strang

What causes ocean currents? What impact do they have on Earth's environment? How have they influenced human history? Students gain fascinating insights into our ocean planet through these innovative activities. They learn how wind, temperature, salinity, and density set water into motion, and they make an "in-depth" investigation of the key physical science concept of density. They model how pollution dumped in one location can spread throughout the ocean. Learning is placed in a real-world context as students predict and analyze routes taken by shipwrecked sailors, the 1990 Nike shoe spill, the raft Kon Tiki, and other voyages. In "Message in a Bottle," students create stories to show what they've learned over the course of the unit.

This GEMS guide adapts activities developed by the Marine Activities, Resources & Education (MARE) program of the Lawrence Hall of Science. It connects swimmingly with the marine-oriented GEMS guides Only One Ocean and On Sandy Shores.

From the forward by E.C. Haderlie, Distinguished Professor of Oceanography:
"I have read the entire guide and studied all the illustrations and activities, and am impressed with the accuracy of the text and the clarity with which complex concepts are presented. In designing the various hands-on activities for student participation, the authors have shown considerable ingenuity and imagination."

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ISBN: Grade Level Format Price
0-924886-44-7 5—8 7 Activities, 11 Sessions
180 pages

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