Ocean Temperatures

John Dempsey, University of South Alabama

A joint effort of NOAA Research and the College of Education at the University of South Alabama, this site seeks to provide middle school science students and teachers with research and investigation experiences using on-line resources. In this unit, students investigate ocean temperature around the world, and how it varies during the year and at different locations. This helps explain what causes seasons, and allows students to make predictions about future changes in sea and air temperatures. Students use data from the National Data Buoy Center to answer a series of questions, and complete related enrichment exercises. A downloadable teacher's guide, student guide, and necessary activity sheets are provided.

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Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience:Oceanography
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Lab Activity
Inquiry Level: Step-By-Step Instruction
Special Interest: Computer-Based
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data, Illustrating concepts and ideas
Ocean Environments: Surface Waters
Topics: Ocean:Physical Oceanography, Ocean
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography