Marcia's Science Teaching Ideas
Marcia's Science Teaching Ideas

Teaching Oceanography by MJ Krech
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OBJECTIVE 1. List the earth's major continents, oceans and seas and explain why the Earth is called the Water Planet.
Continents and Oceans 1. National Geographic Video: Good way to introduce oceans. Stop at about 4:25 as the rest of this video covers pollution by mankind and probably should be a separate objective handled later.
2. Quick Quiz to review continents and oceans from Enchanted Learning. If most students get them right, move on. Otherwise review with the following:
3. Online Continents Review - good for use with whiteboard.
4. Online Oceans Review - good for use with whiteboard.
5. Great Oceans Review Card Game. Play as Concentration or Go Fish!
6. Continents and Oceans Word Search
 The 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.
Egg Float Demonstration Click here for Demo Handout. Do before the Salinity Lab.
Salinity Lab

Click here for a Salinity Activity.

NOTE: This 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 mapped.
Oceanfloor Characteristics Ocean Floor Characteristics Worksheet - Click here. Maybe use this with the online review.
Oceanfloor Topography Mapping 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 ocean-life zones.
Life Zones FOLDABLE Good 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 Life Zones Project. A fun resesarch and presentation project with high-interest for your students! Click here.
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for answers. Click here for a starting list of ocean animals.
OBJECTIVE 5. Identify the motions of the ocean and their effects.
Tides Tides 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.
Waves Make a Wave Bottle. NOTE: Really messy! Make one or more yourself for demo. Glue caps down so you can pass them around. Click here for activity sheet with good questions.
Ocean Waves Worksheet. For use with online Wave Simulator that requres Flash 5 to work. Higher level with much wave theory. Click here for the higher level version. Click here for a simplified version. This link takes you to a good seismic wave simulator.

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