Lesson Plan

Tracking a Drifter

Be shore to use this drifter resource. The third installment of a five-part series has learners using the NOAA's Adopt-a-Drifter website to track to movement of a drifter (buoy) in the ocean. Graphing the collected data on a map allows scholars to see movement due to ocean currents.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Consider having the class adopt a drifter
  • Create a word wall using the keywords in the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners need to be familiar with latitude and longitude
  • While the initial lesson can be done in a day, you need to plan for additional time to track the drifter and analyze the collected data
  • Obtain maps and create the PowerPoint ahead of time
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website.It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Contains an optional math extension activity
  • Resource includes alignments to different standards
  • Provided link to the Adopt-a-Drifter site is broken
  • Lesson indicates a PowerPoint presentation, but it does not provide a link