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What is climate? - Exploring Earth, TERC, McDougal Littell

Lesson Plan 

In this interactive website, students follow prompts to explore the various factors that control global and local climate.

Concept: Climate cycles
Changes in ocean circulation patterns affect weather and climate.

National Science Education Standards
(click a standard to show activities that meet it)

K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation

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

9-12 B Physical Science
Motions and forces

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

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Natural Resources

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 3. The ocean is major influence on weather and climate (concept b, d)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 8 The Nature of Water 8:1-8
Chapter 10 Air-Sea Interaction 10:2-8, 22-24