Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate

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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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Reviews (32)
  • on Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:49 PM

I found the Sci-Pack about Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate to be very interesting and informative. The information is presented in a clear and concise manner. The interactive lessons with in the Sci-Pack are fun and make learning about the ocean's effect on weather and climate even more interesting. The final test on the sic-pack was challenging and the questions were a little misleading.

Amber Stout  (Anchorage, AK)
Amber Stout (Anchorage, AK)

  • on Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:27 PM

I really enjoyed this sci-pack. It was a nice review on weather and climate and the factors on our Earth that are causing changes in our weather presently. The piece I found the most helpful was the common misconceptions students have in the elementary and middle school grades. This year while I teach this topic I will be paying close attention to address these common misconceptions.

Chris Taylor  (Boise, ID)
Chris Taylor (Boise, ID)

  • on Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:35 PM

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.

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:50 PM

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.

Jessica Minton  (Collierville, TN)
Jessica Minton (Collierville, TN)

  • on Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:01 PM

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.

Jerica Schatz
Jerica Schatz

  • on Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:04 PM

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!

James Johnson  (Custer City, PA)
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)

  • on Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:10 AM

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!

James Johnson  (Custer City, PA)
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)

  • on Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:31 PM

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

Erik  (Bountiful, UT)
Erik (Bountiful, UT)

  • on Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:41 PM

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.

Katherine Jezidija-Kendall
Katherine Jezidija-Kendall

  • on Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:58 PM

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.

Joshua Kohn  (Saint Paul, MN)
Joshua Kohn (Saint Paul, MN)

  • on Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:18 PM

This rigorous learning segment pushed my limits. It's agressive, informative and challenging. Definitely a good use of training time.

Jessie Minter  (Hico, Texas)
Jessie Minter (Hico, Texas)

  • on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:48 AM

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.

Jennifer Rahn  (Delafield, WI)
Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI)

  • on Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:34 PM

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!

Elaine Matheny  (, )
Elaine Matheny (, )

  • on Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:58 AM

I believe that increasing content knowledge is always beneficial for the science educator. This particular SciPack definitely increased my content knowledge. Even though I teach fifth grade math and science, I feel that it was well worth my time. The audio-visual elements add to the instruction. Much of the material is well above what I will teach in a fifth grade curriculum; however, I do feel better prepared for questions that may arise from more advanced students. I would definitely recommend this SciPack to my peers.

John Philpot
John Philpot

  • on Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:05 PM

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.

Debbie Carter
Debbie Carter

  • on Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:32 PM

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.

Raeann
Raeann

  • on Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:31 PM

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.

Raeann Hackey
Raeann Hackey

  • on Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:21 PM

Most interesting SciPack yet! Still too many questions with multiple answers, but easier to answer.

Bridget N
Bridget N

  • on Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:21 PM

Most interesting SciPack yet! Still too many questions with multiple answers, but easier to answer.

Bridget N
Bridget N

  • on Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:58 PM

pretty interesting sci pack

Matt Clark
Matt Clark

  • on Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:58 PM

pretty interesting sci pack

Matt Clark
Matt Clark

  • on Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:42 PM

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.

Micki B
Micki B

  • on Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:42 PM

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.

Micki B
Micki B

  • on Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:52 PM

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.

Eric Carlson  (Royal City, WA)
Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA)

  • on Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:52 PM

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.

Eric Carlson  (Royal City, WA)
Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA)

  • on Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:50 AM

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.

Cynthia Lund  (Pocatello, Idaho)
Cynthia Lund (Pocatello, Idaho)

  • on Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:30 AM

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

LeRoy A
LeRoy A

  • on Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:40 AM

The information was very informative and interesting. The final assessment was very difficult compared to the text.

Nikki T
Nikki T

  • on Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:42 AM

I did my scipack on climate and weather changes. I thought it was really interesting to learn all the different effects on weather. I feel like this will prepare me for my future students when we are covering weather. I was familiar with some reasons for weather change but not as much as I wanted. I know this is an interesting and important topic for students to understand. Therefore, I felt it was important for me to be really familiar with and be able to answer various questions they might have. I could not imagine covering every subject from the od indexer but I think it would be really cool to do. I also think a great wealth of knowledge could also come from it too. However, if I do find myself not being able to answer a lot of question my students have in a certain science subject I believe going through a scipack of it would greatly help me and refresh my mind. I definitely think this is a resource I can return to. By the end of the sci-pack I felt a hundred times better about the subject area. I feel more prepared and that I would be able to answer various questions considering weather and climate. I still had some troubles in some questions but I had a majority of them down. I hope I will be able to carry this knowledge with me into my classroom.

Heather Fox  (Manchester, TN)
Heather Fox (Manchester, TN)

  • on Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:56 PM

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.

Katrina  (Ocean Springs, MS)
Katrina (Ocean Springs, MS)

  • on Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:41 PM

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.

Trent Peelle
Trent Peelle

  • on Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:31 AM

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.

Floyd  (Honolulu, HI)
Floyd (Honolulu, HI)


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