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PBL: What are the physical characteristics of the ocean?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Level 3 Question(s) Addressed: ​ ​
  • What are the physical characteristics of the ocean?
Date(s): Day 6-Day 13 ​
Content Standard(s): NOS Aspects
  • Science 5.1
  • Science 5.6
  • All: demanding evidence, social activity, without bias, ideas are durable,
Student Objective(s) for this lesson:
  1. We will investigate the physical characterisitics of the ocean.
  2. We will discuss how these physical characterisitics would effect the energy resource development off the coast of Virginia.
Misconceptions to address in this lesson:
  1. Waves, tides, and currents are all caused the same way and have the same effect on the water's movement.
Safety Concerns in this lesson:
  • Be cautious of eyes during labs
  • Be careful of the electrical circuit created during water turbine challenge
download.jpgCommotion in the Ocean PBL What are the physical characteristics of the ocean.pdf

Related Activities:
#1 Making Waves and Tides
[download.jpgCommotion in the Ocean Activity Making Waves and Tides.pdf] Link
#2 Temperature and Depth
[download.jpgCommotion in the Ocean Activity Temperature and Depth.pdf] Link
#3 Water Turbine Challenge and Currents
[download.jpgCommotion in the Ocean Activity Water Turbine Challenge and Currents.pdf] Link
#4 Salinity Lab and Water Pressure
[download.jpgCommotion in the Ocean Activity Salinity Lab and Water Pressure.pdf] Link

Related Master Lesson Plan:
Commotion in the Ocean Master Lesson Plan

by Science Generalist at 2:56 PM in Elementary, Earth and Space Science, Problem Based Learning/PBL
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