Our oceans’ tides, currents, and waves are constantly being affected by the forces of gravity and inertia. These tides, currents, and waves create unique ecosystems and greatly impact the animals that live there. Students will gain a greater understanding about the ocean conveyor belt, tidal ecosystems and amazing adaptations of ocean-dwelling organisms around the globe.
Georgia Standards of Excellence
- S6E1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved.
- E1.d. Develop and use a model to explain the interaction of gravity and inertia that governs the motion of objects in the solar system.
- S6E3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
- E3.d. Analyze and interpret data to create graphic representations of the causes and effects of waves, currents, and tides in Earth’s systems.
Next Generation Science Standards
- MS-ESS1-1. Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.
- MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the earth cause patterns of atmospheric oceanic circulation that determine regional climates