Tides and Currents


SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts.

This guide explores the physics of tides and currents, the applications of tides and currents knowledge to real-world situations, and information about the effects of tides and currents on climate, environment, and society. Using this guide, teachers of high school students will focus on using real-time tides and currents data. They will also explore salinity and tides, the effects of oil spills, and how climate change is related to tides and currents. The sites in this guide can be used to learn about tides and currents through text and multimedia simulations. Teachers can read about scientists' work and develop inquiry activities that encourage students to explore tides and currents.

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  • on Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:22 AM

SciGuides are really fantastic. When it's time to teach this area, I can be confident knowing I'll have the Tides and Currents SciGuide to go to for lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources. I'll be able to create outstanding lessons in a shorter amount of time since many resources are easily accessible in this SciGuide.

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

  • on Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:27 AM

This SciGuide is broken down into 3 themes: Tides, Currents, Applications, Effects and Influences. I especially like the lesson on Climate Change in the Effects and Influences section. It's written for grades 9-12, but can easily be scaled for a middle school classroom. The students go through several websites and put together a presentation on the possibility of a collapse in the THC. For a middle school, I'd give a guide sheet or graphic organizer for them along with a planning sheet for their presentation. The lesson on Currents i also really enjoyed. It gives the students the chance to NOAA sources. For middle schoolers, I'd create a graphic organizer or worksheet to guide the learning.

angelo laskowsky
angelo laskowsky

  • on Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:59 AM

The key points of Tides and Currents that made an impression on me were the clarity of the explanations of the physics behind tides and currents, the wealth or resources that are made available for learning or teaching, and the real-world applications of the science. What causes tides and why they vary from place to place was explained in a way that was clear and easy to understand. Links to other resources were made available for additional information. The resources provided through links of other web sites are amazing. However, if time is limited you can get a very good understanding of tides and currents without exploring all the resources and only reading the main pages. All the topics had an applications link that provided information on real-world us of the knowledge. I see many uses in my teaching practice. As a high school mathematics teacher of special education I can use topics from the physics of tides and currents to develop lesson plans to apply the math standards the students are learning in my classes. Additionally, I can use the information to teach students about ocean safety issues involving tides and currents. To improve the SciGuide – Tides and Currents I would like to see lesson plans that are written for a wider range of ages. All the lesson plans were written for high school students. It would improve the site to have some lesson plans available to elementary and middle school students. Another suggestion I have is that the links to other resources be prioritized. Although I liked have all the resources available, it would save time to have a system that let you know what resources where more important than others.

Erik Belcher
Erik Belcher

  • on Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:32 PM

There are different themes to the right of the scigudie page that get more information when you click on the themes of tides, currents, application, effects and influences. Each different theme takes you to a list of websites that can help you better understand that topic and on most of the websites there are lesson plans, worksheets and even video clips you can watch or show that students as an introduction of the lesson.You can relate this to the lesson about ocean waves because tides are very long period waves that move through the ocean in response to the forces exerted by the moon and the sun. But these are wave that are not made by wind or earthquakes. The tides originate in the ocean and progress toward the coastlines where they appear as regular rise and fall of the sea surface.

Helen Hicks
Helen Hicks

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