Resource Detail: Science Object

Resource Image Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate: Changing Climate
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Type of Resource: Science Object
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 based on 7 reviews
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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 fourth of four Science Objects in the Ocean’s Effect on Weather and Climate SciPack. It explores how Earth’s climate has changed in the past and how it may change in the future. Climate change may occur as a result of changes in Earth's surface, atmosphere, and oceans. Such changes may be abrupt (such as gas and dust from volcanic eruptions or asteroid impacts) or may occur over very long times (such as changes in landscape or increase in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere). Even relatively small changes in atmospheric or ocean content and/or temperature can have widespread effects on climate if the change lasts long enough. Since the industrial revolution, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased at an unprecedented rate. Though climate change and changes in the composition of the oceans and atmosphere are natural, present modifications far exceed natural rates.

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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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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: Changing Climate 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.

Evidence of Climate Change
  Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI) on November 11, 2010
  This Science Object does a nice job of building a case for climate change based on data. Great introduction to the topic of climate change with focus limited to science. This resource is most appropriate for teachers who want to begin developing a background; teachers of high school classes will want to delve into additional resources.

Examine evidence to understand the changing clima
  Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL) on May 17, 2011
  Even if you understand the elements of climate change, this scipack presents statistics gathered from NOAA and NASA that will deepen your understanding of climate change. The history of climate change, the current data trends and the future predictions are all examined in this informative scipack. The student misconceptions addressed were also a huge asset to my instruction planning.

Science object
  Brian Ruckdeschel on December 14, 2011
  This science object reviews the effect the ocean has on climate change. It reviews the effect carbon dioxide has on the oceans and the long term effects of the climate.

Good weather overview
  Laura Dickey on December 14, 2011
  This was a great overview of weather, climate, sun's energy, heating earth's surfaces and the differences between land and water masses. My only drawback was that so much was offered that I need time to absorb all that was learned, especially the vocabulary towards the end of the segment.

Great overview
  Christina Crawley on February 21, 2013
  I found this object to be very well written with good transitions and suitable diagrams and animations. I am no expert on climate change but now I feel like I have a good understanding that I can share with students.

Concise, correct overview
  Todd E (Otego, NY) on August 5, 2013
  I'm very pleased to say that this section does a very nice job laying out some of the issues related to how climates can change. I would have liked to see more on the energy budget of the planet as part of the description, but I liked it and was glad I reviewed it.