Atlantic Ocean vs. Pacific Ocean: What Do You Know?
What do you really know about the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans? What are their similarities? Differences? Remembering that energy from the sun causes differential heating on Earth, students will be analyzing real-time data from the East Coast (SECOORA) and West Coast (NANOOS) to compare these two oceans. Essential questions students will explore include information about air temperature and water temperature. Skills they will be developing involve comparing and contrasting data, creating a graph, and drawing conclusions after analysis of the information. Finally, students will create a Venn diagram poster project to summarize their learning as an assessment. This unit plan can also be used for other parts of the world as a template for comparing and contrasting two ocean areas…your students will be experts when finished!
Authors: Katrina Alegado; EARTH 2012
- Lesson Plan
- Student Instructions
- Student Webquest Instructions
- Excel Instructions
- Excel Example
- Venn Diagram Template
- Final Evaluation