The Ocean: A Driving Force for Weather and Climate

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What's behind Earth's wild, wonderful, and sometimes weird weather? A lesson from PBS's Weather and Climate series takes viewers on a worldwide trek to examine the many interactions between Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and land masses. The teacher's guide is stocked with printable background reading and suggestions for using the lesson in a variety of ways.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Begin the lesson by asking for volunteers to describe experiences they've had during a visit to an ocean
  • Pause the simulation during different visualizations and discuss each with the class
Classroom Considerations

  • As there are many facts and figures given throughout the simulation, consider distributing a graphic organizer or note guide to help learners keep information together
  • Print and distribute the Background Reading passage prior to beginning the video portion of the lesson
Pros

  • The resource contains different views of Earth using various NASA tools, each of which has clear labels and explanations
  • Scholars develop a deep understanding of the link between oceans and the world around them, regardless of how close they live to one
Cons

  • None
NGSS