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modeled after a couple of my favorite websites: The Science
Spot and Middle School Science. Thanks, teachers!
OBJECTIVE 1. List the earth's major continents, oceans
and seas and explain why the Earth is called the Water Planet.
Water Planet Worksheet
- This worksheet requires the use of a calculator and has students
color a sort of all-in-one bar graph showing the composition of the
planet as far as ocean and land. If you do the math together,
explained in more detail in the download, it becomes a fun day! Kids
always love to color and coloring is part of this assignment, too.
OBJECTIVE 2. Define
salinity, explain how it is determined, and describe some conditions
that cause it to vary.
lab works really well if you tell them they have to be careful AND
also tell them that everyone will be able to tell AT A GLANCE if they
have done a good job or not! Advise holding test tube at a slight angle
and dropping different liquids in slowly and carefully. My students
always worked very hard at this lab and were surprisingly well-behaved!
Very high interest.
OBJECTIVE 3. Describe the
major features of the ocean floor and explain how the ocean floor is
Characteristics Worksheet - Click
here. Maybe use this with the online review.
the Ocean Floor - Click here
for lower level graphing experience. Mapping the Ocean Floor
- Click here for a medium level
graphing experience. Mapping the Ocean Floor
- Click here for higher level
graphing experience. Hess' Model vs. Straw
Model for Determining the Topography of Ocean Floor - Click here. Building
a Model of the Ocean Floor - Click
here for a simple modeling activity.
OBJECTIVE 4. Compare the
Life Zones FOLDABLE
introduction for the Life Zones Project. Click here.
If they are careful how they cut things out, they ARE organized by Life
Zones as this is the first time they've seen these terms and may not
know what to put where yet.
Life Zones Project
Zones Project. A fun resesarch and presentation project with
high-interest for your students! Click here.
Click here for answers. Click here
for a starting list of ocean animals.
OBJECTIVE 5. Identify the
motions of the ocean and their effects.
Activity. Click here. A fun
full-body activity to show how the moon pulls at the water. Includes a
small booklet with fill-in-the-blank fact labels. Tides Worksheet. Click here. Tides Review. Click here.