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Take Ride on the Gulf Stream - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students use ocean observing system data to track and define various aspects of the Gulf Stream.

Concept: Ocean water movement
Ocean circulation is interconnected and is powered by wind, tides, force of Earth

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation
Constance, change, and measurement

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

9-12 B Physical Science
Motions and forces
Interactions of energy and matter

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Energy in the earth system

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 1. The Earth has one big ocean with many features (concept c) 2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth (concept c)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 10 Air-Sea Interaction 10:15-19
Chapter 11 Highways in the Sea