Ocean Waves

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Surf's up! What causes the constant motion of Earth's oceans? Scholars discover the origins and types of waves in part nine of a 13-installment series. The resource illustrates wave behavior, their destructive power, and current research into wave-driven energy production.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide additional examples of tsunami early warning systems to accompany those discussed in the resource
  • Take a closer look at the tectonic events associated with the massive tsunami that occurred in 2004 by showing a video to the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Some basic prior knowledge of the parts of a wave is helpful for using the interactive
  • Arrange for computer time for the class to complete the activities
Pros

  • The content is well-rounded and shows the results of waves driven by different events, as well as of deep-water and shallow-water waves
  • Preparing for the lesson is easy, thanks to the printable materials included
Cons

  • None