Missy Holzer, Windows to the Universe
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- Show the video twice, once before doing the activity and once after. Ask students to focus their second watching on the link to climate change.
- It will be important to explain (or have learners explain) the difference between gyres and ocean circulation in general.
- Additional Background material for Arctic Oscillation to supplement step 9 can be found here: http://nsidc.org/arcticmet/patterns/arctic_oscillation.html.
About the Science
- Activity promotes learning about ocean circulation and gyres.
- Activity has basic background information for the teacher at the end of the lesson plan.
- Recommendation to tie in this activity with one that discusses stratification of ocean, deep ocean currents, salinity, and thermohaline circulation.
- Additional references are included as well as links to related information on this website.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Activity has a hands-on component and teachers should be easily able to expand and enhance this.
- Video is short, engaging, and a good way to introduce the concepts in the activity.
- The hands-on/worksheet portion of activity should work well for small groups of students.
- Students should have some background in climate and map reading to be successful at this activity.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Well-designed activity that has all pieces ready to use.
- The worksheet for students is organized, well-written, and has easy to follow instructions.
- Link to animation does not lead to an animation but can be accessed directly at: http://neven1.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f03a1e37970b013485666707970c-pi
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