If you’re looking for a ocean currents worksheet then you’ve come to the right place! First I’ll introduce you to fabulous, time tested resources that I’ve already prepared to make lesson planning one step easier. Next, I’ll give you some ideas on ways to use this resource to improve your teaching and to make learning fun for you and your students.
Ocean Currents Guided Reading This 4 page worksheet with answer key is everything you need to teach or review ocean currents. This resource begins with 2 pages of reading on surface and density currents, Coriolis effect, and convection. Then, students answer two pages of comprehension questions.This resource comes in both PDF and digital versions and includes an answer key.
Climate Project: Wind, Ocean Currents, & Latitude This NGSS, student centered investigation guides students through an investigation on city of their choice. Students will determine how the latitude, global winds, and ocean currents affect the climate in the city..
This investigation is broken into the following parts:
- Choose a city and determine it’s latitude
- Research and summarize the city’s climate
- Research and model (using a provided map template) the ocean currents that neighbor the city
- Answer summary questions about how the uneven heating of the Earth creates ocean currents and how the currents which neighbor your city create the climate of the city
- Research and model (using a provided map template) the global winds that overlap with the city
- Answer summary questions about how the uneven heating of the Earth creates global winds and how the winds which neighbor your city create the climate of the city
- Write a concluding paragraph about how latitude, ocean currents, and winds create the climate of the city.
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How to Use the Ocean Currents Worksheet
Emergency Sub Plans
If you’re feeling a little sick and need a day to rest, the Ocean Currents Guided Reading would be an excellent way to allow students to work on their own (either digitally or on paper) without a lot of speaking required on your part. To make things even better, you’ll be supporting literacy in the classroom too!
Independent Work Station
Stations are a great way to make a long class feel shorter or a large class feel smaller. Split your class into groups based on the number of stations you have. One of your stations can be a setting that allows you to work closely with some students, and other groups should have work that can be completely independently. This will give you the opportunity to give the students who need support your full attention. Don’t forget that you can do stations online too!
Flipped Classroom Pre-Reading
I’m a huge fan of the flipped classroom model because it gives students ownership of their own learning. By assigning my the Ocean Currents Guided Reading as a pre-reading, you save valuable class time in which you would have been explaining the concepts from scratch. Don’t be afraid to hold your students accountable by assigning students to digest the “meat” of the lesson ahead of time.
Close Reading Strategies
Close reading is an essential skill that must be taught in all classrooms. Time and time again, students are showing that they are not prepared to read college level texts. Spoon feeding them isn’t going to solve this issue. We absolutely must increase the rigor in our classrooms when it comes to literacy, and teaching reading strategies is the path that will take our students where they need to be.
Differentiation can feel like a huge burden for teachers. How are we supposed to create several different variations of the same lesson or activity? In reality, we probably can’t. What we can do, though, is provide independent work packets for students who are not able to be present for direct instruction. We can make choice boards in which students will most likely differentiate for themselves, we can provide extension activities for early finishers, and we can provide extra practice for students who aren’t showing mastery.
I know as teachers we hear a lot about the benefits and drawbacks of homework. Whether or not you’re in support of homework, I’d just like to point out that it’s there as an option. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Interactive notebooks are unmatched in their ability to keep students organized and work in one place. I’m a huge fan of shrinking my worksheets down to fit in an interactive notebook. Sometimes I print 2 in one, cut them in half and just glue the sheets directly into pages of a notebook. Other times I transform multi-page PDFs into mini books (use these simple instructions if you’d like to try it) and insert the entire thing into a notebook.
Whether summative or formative, consider using these resources as an option for assessment