Going with the Flow

Students use a simple model to discover that air moving over water causes the surface of the water to move horizontally. In writing and in a discussion, students relate this concept to surface currents in the ocean and the Great Lakes.

Objectives:

  • Relate the motion of surface currents (cause) to the motion of objects floating in the ocean and Great Lakes (effect)
  • Relate the transfer of energy from wind moving across water (cause) to the horizontal movement of water (effect)
  • Use the term “surface current” to explain horizontal movement of surface water caused by wind
  • Explain that surface currents affect surface water, not deep water

External Curriculum Materials

Details

Subject Areas:
Grade Levels:
Topics: ,
Great Lakes Literacy Principles: