Students will be analyzing real-time data from the East Coast (SECOORA) and West Coast (NANOOS) to compare the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

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!



Katrina Alegado

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Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity
  • Systems and system models
Core Ideas
  • PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation
  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Engaging in argument from evidence

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 1.A: The ocean is the dominant physical feature on our planet Earth—covering approximately 70% of the planet’s surface. There is one ocean with many ocean basins, such as the North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Indian and Arctic., 1.C: Throughout the ocean there is one interconnected circulation system powered by wind, tides, the force of the Earth’s rotation (Coriolis effect), the Sun, and water density differences. The shape of ocean basins and adjacent land masses influence the path of circulation.