Earth and Space Science

BestOceanographyLabActivities

Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:39 PM

I am in need of some great Oceanography Lab Activities. My students are expected to know
the subsurface topography of the ocean as well as the characteristics of ocean water
such as temperature and salinity. They also are required to know what causes tides
and ocean currents. I was not looking for a lab that incorporated all of these topics
but lab activities that really help students understand these concepts better.
My biggest challenge seems to be the tidal lab activity. Please help.

LeRoy Attles
LeRoy Attles
56470 Activity Points

Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:16 PM

Hi LeRoy,
I had some time this evening to put together a collection of mostly free resources that are offered through the NSTA Learning Center. I have attached it. Perhaps you will be able to find some things within the collection to help you. Let us know if you decide to try any of the ideas out. The NSTA has some collections about oceans that are created by grade level that you might want to check out as well.
Carolyn


Oceanography Resources Collection
(15 items)
New Species Found!
     -Journal Article
The Polar Insulation Investigation
     -Journal Article
Connecting Middle School, Oceanography, and the Real World
     -Journal Article

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
79218 Activity Points

Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:53 AM

Thanks Attles for asking and thanks Mohr for obliging. I have really enjoyed obtaining these wonderful resources. My ideas are not as elaborate as some of yours but if I run across something good I will definitely share. Thanks guys!

Nikki Turner
Nikki Turner
20105 Activity Points

Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:35 PM

Thanks Carolyn for putting these resources together for me. We are about to start
our Oceanography unit next week so the activities you sent are right on time!!!
I will keep you posted through this forum on what we use and how it goes.

Thanks again.

LeRoy Attles
LeRoy Attles
56470 Activity Points

Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:09 AM

Attached is a video explaining the Oceans role in climate Change
It includes a demo explaining the Heat Capacity of Air and Water

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.cfm?id=827

LeRoy Attles
LeRoy Attles
56470 Activity Points

Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:17 PM

Hello ALL

I cam across a great Ocean Current Lab activity about Nike Shoes

LeRoy Attles
LeRoy Attles
56470 Activity Points

Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:10 PM

If you teach ocean science, you have to check out this website from UCLA with a lot of great investigations... I love the Nike Shoe Investigation
http://www.msc.ucla.edu/oceanglobe/



Susan Phillips
Susan Phillips
2310 Activity Points

Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:08 PM

I have done the Nike Shoe lab before and the students really seem to enjoy it. Another really good site is: http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/gulfstream/studentcurrentnow.shtml

Students use real time data from buoys, ships, and satellites to track the location of the gulf stream current. It is great activity that allows students to look at real time data to discover the location of the gulf stream current.

Lisa Coughlin
Lisa Coughlin
1070 Activity Points

Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:23 AM

Lisa:
Have you looked at the Jason project website. All activities are free online now.
http://www.jason.org/public/whatis/curr.aspx
Dr.Ballard worked who was at the Science Teachers of Texas state conference is a famous oceanographer. You might want to check out this site.
Adah

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101470 Activity Points

Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:04 AM

S O M E T I M E S .....OLD Labs are Better!
Hi,
I have a very special lab originally created by Caleb Wroe Wolf (1908-1980) from a 1959 Earch Sceince Lab Activity workbook. [I know, it's O L D, but so am I]. The Lab activity is on Ocean Surface Currents. It consists of two pages of questions. The questions are related to two maps. One MAP shows the earth's surface Ocean Currents (and Iceberg limit), the other shows the earth's wind currents (all black and white).
The studetns answer a series of questions about each map (how the land structires affect ocean flow etc, as well as a series of questions about how the information of one map affects the other, i.e. Wind currents vs. Ocean Currents. I also have the studetns use the modern maps (they are not as accurate) in thier books, and I have them color the ocean currents, blue for cold, red for warm, pencil for transition, and, I have them compare the old map names to th modern. (Good sicence History). I use this as a major Lab activity which evolves into four things: 1) Understanding of Ferrel's Law 2) The Coriolis Force 3)Earth's Heat distribution, which lager leads to my (The Great Global Warming Debate) and my best work: 'The Misconceptions of the Coriolis Force (effect)".
Might you be interested in this?
Best regards
Chet

Chester Orban
Chester Orban
2310 Activity Points

Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:33 PM

Oceanography is my favorite subject to teach. Chester I agree the tried-and-true lessons are true gems. I like the idea of a mirror map for win currents and ocean currents. This would also be a great way to bring in El Nino and La Nina.
Thank you for sharing!
Angie

Angie Fairweather
Angelika Fairweather
11885 Activity Points

Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:59 AM

Hi LeRoy and everyone,

LeRoy you might be finished with your oceanography labs but I wanted to share with you and others this excellent resource

Last night I attended the NOAA web seminar on NOAA's Ocean Acidification Data-in-the-Classroom Module

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NOAA/webseminar5.aspx

The modules are on El Nino , Sea Level, Water Quality and Ocean Acidification

Each module has different entry points for different learners using an inquiry spectrum
entry, adoption, adaption, interactivity and invention which spans inquiry as teacher directed to student directed. We were taken through ocean acidification module in this web seminar and got to experience each of the five entry points. This was EXCELLENT !

This is the website
http://www.dataintheclassroom.org/

"We're taking a systems approach to learning about the Earth using real scientific data. Our goal is to design easy-to-use curriculum activities and simple, intuitive computer interfaces for accessing online data. It's all part of a NOAA-supported effort called the NODE Project."

More on the NODE Project
http://www.dataintheclassroom.org/node

The NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project is developing curriculum for grades 6-8 designed to help teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale.

The archive of this session should be posted soon.

Arlene Jl

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
41595 Activity Points

Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:42 AM

In addition to these forums, NSTA connects teachers through several topical listserves. I have been collecting lists of websites mentioned by teachers that are relevant to this post. Please find an annotated website list attached. Should you have others, please share them with us.

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Pamela Auburn
Pamela Auburn
68500 Activity Points

Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:13 PM

Does anyone know of a good computer simulation/demo (preferably interactive) of the phases of the moon & position of the sun TOGETHER with the rise and fall of tides around the earth? I got some great suggestions from another discussion forum on the positions of the moon and sun, but none showing the moon and the sun, WITH simplified (assumed uniform ocean, no land, etc) tidal changes on earth. Right now I have them do a dance (yep, in high school) with bodies for sun/moon, high vs low tide, etc. Seems to work, but I would really love a more interactive approach :)

Sharon Chern
Sharon Chern
2640 Activity Points

Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:44 PM

I would love to hear about the dance your students do - here in a landlocked state it is rather difficult for students to picture what a tide is and how it functions.

I was playing on the internet and came across this interactive - probably not what you are looking for but it is still rather clever for its simplicity.
http://www.mmscrusaders.com/newscirocks/tides/tideanim.htm

This animation was cool too http://educypedia.karadimov.info/library/tidesim.swf

You know as hard as this is to teach, you would think there would be more animations and interactives...I would still love to hear about that dance, though!

Tina Harris
Tina Harris
65560 Activity Points

Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:32 AM

One activity to allow students to investigate how temperature and salinity affect ocean water (and create currents) is to have students test different balloons filled with different types and temperatures of water to see how the different densities affect them. I fill balloons with hot water, hot salt water, cold water, cold salt water, room temp water and room temp salt water. I have them experiment with the balloons to try and figure out what is in each balloon and why it is floating, sinking, or perhaps starting to rise after it has sat in the room temperature container for a while. Then we learn more about ocean currents and what drives them.
I have also set up a "tank" that has cups with holes in them attached in a tub of room temperature water. Inside the cups I have water of different temperatures and salinities and I poke holes in the cups and watch the small currents that form.

Nichole Montague
Nichole Montague
4675 Activity Points

Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:39 AM

Hi Tina,
Thanks for the tide animation websites! If someone could just extend the animations to orbit around the sun they'd be PERFECT :)
Yes this topic is really difficult to teach. Students bring many misconceptions about tides, plus things become even more complicated when you add in all of the other factors that affect tidal patterns.
The dance that I do basically mimics the animations that you find. One student in the center, "earth", rotating once a day (fast), 4 students hold hands facing inward (they form a circle, representing the tidal bulges) around the center student. One student outside of the circle, "moon", slowly walk around the circle once a month (really slowly because the center student has to rotate 30 times), facing the earth all the time. The person in the circle(and the person across from her) closest to the "moon" steps back while the other 2 people holding their hands step in. So the 4 people in the circle has to constantly step forward or backwards depending on where the moon is. Then, the whole group slowly wobbles around the center of the classroom (some bright yellow object to represent the sun) once a year. Very simplistic, but the students get the idea.

Sharon Chern
Sharon Chern
2640 Activity Points

Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:46 PM

Sounds great? Does the Earth ever get dizzy and get caught by the tides (because I know I would!). I bet the kids love doing this! Thanks for sharing!

Tina Harris
Tina Harris
65560 Activity Points

Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:32 PM

Here is an interactive website with the gravity and tides.

http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/tides/menu_tide.swf

Kim Geier
Kim Geier
10 Activity Points

Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:55 PM

Hi LeRoy,

here's a great site with formative assessment included that the students can complete: http://aspire.cosmic-ray.org/labs/tides/tides_main.html if you want to incorporate technology.

If you want something a lot more hands on, try this: http://www.santarosa.edu/~lwillia2/4aLab/4Agravity.pdf

I believe that's roughly the "balloon activity" mentioned in the first link.

I hope this helps! Enjoy!

- Jessica

Jessica Hulvey
Jessica Hulvey
1745 Activity Points

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