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Activity: Ocean Floor Map

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Activity #2: Create a model of the ocean floor and points for a topographical map ​
Time: Approximate time to complete this activity: 1 day (class period) ​
  • * 1 box such as a shoe box or small rectangular box, with a lid if possible
  • * Aluminum foil or heavy paper to use for a box lid, if box is without a lid
  • * Clay, rocks, gravel, sand and/or other materials to create a sea floor and features
  • * Ruler
  • * Black felt tip marker
  • * Paper that is the size of the top of the box
  • * Masking tape
  • * Scissors
Guiding Questions ​ ​
  1. What does the ocean floor look like?
  2. Are there any ocean feature you can identify?
Plan ​ ​

1. The ocean floor is not flat. It gradually slopes from the coast, then drops dramatically down to the abyssal plain. There are mountains rising from the ocean floor.

  • Plans for part 2 of activity:

2. On student models label energy sites (tidal, wind, oil, gas) that are currently being utilized from discussion and research on Day 2.

  • Guiding Questions to ask during this part of the activity:
  • What are the most common sources energy being developed off the coast of Virginia?
  • Anticipated Student Responses to guiding questions:
  • The ocean floor is not flat. It has mountains and trenches.
  • There are parts that are shallow and other parts that are very deep, use names of ocean floor.
Differentiation: ​ Strategy 1: Students will work with partners that have been chosen for them to utilize strengths.
ELL Modification: ​ Modification: Student will work with another student with whom she/he works well.
Check for Understanding:

How you will assess or check for student understanding throughout this activity.

Quick assessment: Label an example of the ocean floor.

download.jpgCommotion in the Ocean Activity Ocean Floor Model.pdf

Use with the Commotion in the Ocean Master Lesson Plan

by Science Generalist at 5:23 PM in Activity, Elementary, Earth and Space Science, Life Science
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