Scientifically-Interesting Stories

Scientifically-Interesting Story of Ocean Circulation

Scientifically-Interesting Story of Ocean Circulation

Are you looking for a storyline to use with your students that features NASA data?  Consider using the following resources in your classroom today!

Use these resources with your students to show how warm, poleward ocean currents keep locations warm. This storyline evidences how locations from 60W to 20E longitude are kept above freezing and snow/ice-free because of the presence of warmer ocean water.

Complementary Mini Lessons

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  • Hydrosphere
  • Earth as a System

Grade Band

  • 6-8
  • 9-12

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS2A: Earth Materials and Systems

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

  • Developing and Using Models
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Cause and Effect

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