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Resource Image Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate
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Type of Resource: SciPack
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 based on 26 reviews
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Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School

Description

SciPacks are self-directed online learning experiences for teachers to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept and its related pedagogical implications for student learning. Unlimited expert content help via email and a final assessment both facilitate and document teacher learning.

The Ocean’s Effect on Weather and Climate SciPack, co-developed between NOAA and NSTA, explores concepts related to Earth’s weather and climate. The focus is on Standards and Benchmarks related to weather and climate, the water cycle, climate change, and the role of solar energy and its affect on the atmosphere and oceans. The unique role oceans play in defining Earth’s weather and climate patterns is also specifically addressed.

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Posted in Earth and Space Science by Dorothy Ginnett on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:45 PM

Hi Anne - Great topic! Have fun with your inquiry activities with your students. I recommend you search the NSTA L...

Additional Info

Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Global climate change
Clouds
Fronts
Precipitation
Pressure
Storms
Wind
Intended User Role:Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Inquiry learning, Teacher content knowledge, Teaching strategies

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National Standards Correlation

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  • Earth Science
    • Changes in earth and sky
      • The surface of the earth changes.
      • Weather changes from day to day and over the seasons.
      • Weather can be described by measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind direction and speed, and precipitation.

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User Reviews

Very revealing
  Jessie Minter (Hico, Texas) on April 24, 2011
  This rigorous learning segment pushed my limits. It's agressive, informative and challenging. Definitely a good use of training time.

Really good !
  Katherine Jezidija-Kendall on March 18, 2012
  I learned tons of information from this SciPack. Besides a very general overview of climate vs weather and the water cycle, one segment covered ocean currents, thermohaline circulation, global weather patterns influenced by the El Niño Southern Oscillation (La Nina) and global weather patterns that are influenced by the North Atlantic Oscillation between Iceland the Azores. This segment was especially well written and explained. The student demonstrations throughout the SciPack were very useful too for quick demos in your classroom.

Great information
  Jerica Schatz on March 11, 2013
  There is a lot to learn in this scipack. I learned a lot and feel much more prepared to teach this material. There is a lot of material covered and it feels fast paced. Not as many animated interaction windows or visuals as in the other scipacks I have done. Still it was good material and filled with terms and important facts and concepts.

A Very Helpful Resource
  Erik (Bountiful, UT) on October 25, 2012
  This SciPack is a great look at how the largest part of the surface of our planet affects the climate and weather of our planet as a whole. Very easy to understand and very relevant to Science Standards

Good review
  Elaine Matheny on July 8, 2008
  This was a good review of weather and climate principles. I especially enjoyed some of the interactive activities and the suggested labs for class. I would like to see the interactives made available for use with classroom students. Some of them would be good for middle school students. I felt the water cycle activity was not up to par, it didn't really help the content. This is the activity with the person and the house and the long list. The ideas were not connected very well. Also I felt some of the questions in the final assessment were confusing. I was not able to retake the assessment even thought I tried. I was not able to check my answers to the ones I missed and I wanted to see why I had missed them. But overall, I felt it was a great review and I was very excited to be able to do it at NO COST since I am a member of NSTA!

Great to re-learn this information
  Joshua Kohn (Saint Paul, MN) on October 23, 2011
  I had never had a college-level meteorology class, although I did take oceanography. This SciPack really helped me to have a better grasp of how the two are interrelated and gave me more confidence in teaching 8th grade level weather and climate in my earth science course.

I highly recommend SciPacks
  Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA) on August 27, 2014
  The structure of the SciPacks really help me understand the underlying concepts that surround each topic. I had a lot of fear of science before learning about the NSTA Learning Center, and Initially, I was unsure of how well I'd grasp scientific concepts in a self-paced, online format. However, the carefully sequenced topics, interactive activities and simulations, in addition to the voice-over explanations work well together to help deepen my understanding in the content area. Especially valuable are the pedagogical implications and common student misconceptions. I feel a lot more knowledgeable about a subject after using a SciPack, and I highly recommend the Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate SciPack to anyone needing to learn more about this topic.

Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate
  James Johnson (Custer City, PA) on November 15, 2012
  This Scipak is ideal for anyone who is interested in taking any of the American Meteorological Society's Datastreme courses in Atmospheric Science, Physical Oceanography, or Climate Change. It fluidly shows the physical relationships among these typically disparate subject areas. Great job authors!

Physical Oceanography and Atmospheric Science
  James Johnson (Custer City, PA) on October 27, 2012
  I really loved the correlation between physical oceanography and atmospheric sciences. I have taken the AMS Maury course as well as Project Atmosphere and this SciPack really pulled everything together in a great well-written concise package! Great job!

Tough, but informative
  Jessica Minton (Collierville, TN) on February 17, 2014
  This was a great SciPack. It was a tough one and contains a lot of good information. Focus is needed for this one, but the interactive simulations, videos, and extras really help with SciPack give you what you need.

Solid basic beginning
  Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI) on November 11, 2010
  This SciPack provides the novice teacher, or teacher reassigned from another discipline a good introduction to the basics of climate and climate change. Incorporates content from physical science, and builds an evidence-based case for climate change. Lots of good simulations and classroom activities.

Great Animations
  Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA) on March 7, 2012
  As usual, the animations are great for helping to visualize the topics at hand. This SciPack does a great job of showing ocean currents, how hurricanes form, and explaining wind patterns in coastal regions. Also included is how scientists have been able to determine global patterns for prehistoric times. I found it intriguing that previous glacial cycles have involved temperatures much warmer than what we are on pace for. Earth's climate feedback systems are, in a word, complicated, and I'm not sure how scientists (or anyone) can truly tease out the effect our industrial activity is having. That said, I'm all for reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, for a variety of reasons.

Interesting!
  Bridget N on April 23, 2013
  Most interesting SciPack yet! Still too many questions with multiple answers, but easier to answer.

Great SciiPack
  LeRoy A on January 13, 2011
  I really gained a better understanding of climate and weather and the ocean's impact on weather by studying this Scipack. My only concern was that some of the Review questions were unnecessarily confusing

Difficult but Refreshing
  Nikki T on January 2, 2011
  The information was very informative and interesting. The final assessment was very difficult compared to the text.

More difficult scipack
  Raeann Hackey on April 29, 2013
  I think this Scipack was a good learning tool. I learned a lot, however the test was rather difficult.My biggest complaint is on the tests; the questions that have multiple answers are tough, because you may have checked all three correct answers and checked one that is wrong, and still get the whole question wrong. Having partial might be a good way to solve this problem.

Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate
  Debbie Carter on February 2, 2014
  I found this Sci. Pack was helpful for increasing my knowledge about ocean's effect on weather and climate. I teach 6th graders, and the content directly correlates with the Va SOLs pertaining to weather and oceans.

More difficult scipack
  Raeann on April 29, 2013
  I think this Scipack was a good learning tool. I learned a lot, however the test was rather difficult.My biggest complaint is on the tests; the questions that have multiple answers are tough, because you may have checked all three correct answers and checked one that is wrong, and still get the whole question wrong. Having partial might be a good way to solve this problem.

Interesting!
  Bridget N on April 23, 2013
  Most interesting SciPack yet! Still too many questions with multiple answers, but easier to answer.

Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate
  Micki B on April 8, 2013
  This SciPack was a little more difficult to understand than some of the others I have taken.It was very educational, but I found myself having to review a lot of the information because I was unable to grasp it at first. Overall it was very educational and I did learn a little bit more about why our weather works the way it does. Explaining this type of material to Elementary students is definitely going to be a little bit challenging for me.

Oceans effect
  Matt Clark on April 9, 2013
  pretty interesting sci pack

Wonderful information
  Cynthia Lund (Pocatello, Idaho) on February 7, 2012
  This SciPack really helped refresh my memory as well as clear up some misconceptions of my own. This was definatly a great resource to help me prepare for teaching the water cycle.

Great Animations
  Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA) on March 7, 2012
  As usual, the animations are great for helping to visualize the topics at hand. This SciPack does a great job of showing ocean currents, how hurricanes form, and explaining wind patterns in coastal regions. Also included is how scientists have been able to determine global patterns for prehistoric times. I found it intriguing that previous glacial cycles have involved temperatures much warmer than what we are on pace for. Earth's climate feedback systems are, in a word, complicated, and I'm not sure how scientists (or anyone) can truly tease out the effect our industrial activity is having. That said, I'm all for reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, for a variety of reasons.

Global Warming, really?
  Floyd (Honolulu, HI) on September 21, 2011
  This SciPack looks at oceans and their impact with the Science Objects as follows: Global Climate Patterns, Global Precipitation and Energy, Global Circulation Patterns, and Climate Change. While the title highlights the oceans’ role a huge part of this SciPack is about the energy coming from the sun and then how that energy moves around the planet as weather phenomena. I was disappointed that the whole Climate Change/Global Warming hysteria found its way into this SciPack. The one graph they show in support of this idea looks at a snap shot of 220 years. It is such a small sample against the supposed back drop of billions of years. The “changes” we can see in the geologic record are so huge compared to what we are seeing and they had zero correlation with human activity. I will do my best not to let my biases unduly affect what I present to students. I want them to be prepared to evaluate and decide and be insulated from manipulation.

Good, but...
  Trent Peelle on June 29, 2012
  I thought the presentation of the Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate Sci Pack was very dry almost boring. However, the pack did contain some very good information. The assessment questions were poorly written and need revision.

Good Info
  Katrina (Ocean Springs, MS) on October 2, 2012
  The information was good, but the test questions were confusing and difficult to interpret. The SciPack was also not as interactive as the SciPacks I have enjoyed previously.