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Local Weather and the Ocean - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students investigate the influence of the ocean on local weather by comparing temperatures in coastal and inland locations.

Concept: Ocean, weather, and climate
The ocean controls weather and climate.

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

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

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

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Natural and hum-induced hazards

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

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 10 Air-Sea Interaction