Resource Detail: Science Object

Resource Image Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate: Global Precipitation and Energy
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Type of Resource: Science Object
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Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School


Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between NOAA and NSTA, is the second of four Science Objects in the Ocean’s Effect on Weather and Climate SciPack. It explores the distribution of water and energy on Earth. The cycling of water in and out of the atmosphere and oceans affects Earth’s climates by influencing patterns of precipitation and by transferring energy between the oceans and the atmosphere. As water moves through the water cycle, it evaporates from Earth’s surface, rises and cools, condenses into rain, snow, or ice, and falls back to the surface. The water falling on land collects in rivers and lakes, soil, and porous layers of rock, and much of it eventually flows back into the ocean. The water cycle connects the oceans to all of Earth’s water reservoirs via evaporation and precipitation. The ocean loses thermal energy due to the evaporation of water. This energy transfer drives atmospheric circulation as water moves to the atmosphere as vapor and eventually condenses, releasing thermal energy to the surrounding air.

Ideas For Use


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Posted in Life Science by Kendra Young on Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:08 AM

I see Ronaldo has already shared his experience about the Coral Reef SciPack - thanks, Ronaldo! Did you also know you...
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
Intended User Role:Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Inquiry learning, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teaching strategies


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Size: KB
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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 3 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 3 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • 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

I Love Science Objects!
  Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA) on September 3, 2014
  I really enjoy Science Objects. In 1-3 hours, the Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate: Global Precipitation and Energy Science Object will help me re-learn, refresh, or learn for the first time some critical science concepts I will have to know to obtain my Science Educator credentials. I appreciate that I can complete them at my own pace, and that, if used as park of a SciPack, I have access to a content expert to go to for help. The NSTA Learning Center Science Objects are very beneficial! Not only will they enrich my teaching, the knowledge will enrich my life.

  madden kathryn (beaufort, SC) on September 23, 2007
  I have not recieved this item as of yet but it sounds like a terrific resource.

Solar Energy Powers the Water Cycle
  Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD) on December 27, 2011
  Great simulations and animations of the water cycle. This resource does a good job taking us on a journey of the pathways that water can travel; from ground water surface run-off, to the oceans, to evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. As an educator, I look forward to using this resource with my scholars as we research Earth's Waters and Weather & Climate.

Water Works!
  Duane Little (Washington, DC) on December 16, 2011
  This Science Object gives an exemplary accounting of the water cycle! The diagrams, simulations and maps show the impact of water on the entire Earth's weather and climate; surely a treasure trove of information for teachers to share with their students!

Water Cycle and more
  Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI) on November 11, 2010
  Beginning with the water cycle, this resource leads the reader through a well-organized overview of water resources, including freshwater, groundwater, ice, and oceans, and the significance of energy in changing the states of water and movement of water. Excellent resource.

much too complicated
  Hubert H (Dallas, TX) on September 18, 2011
  Way too difficult for lower elementary students