Oceans and Coastal Processes Presentation & Notes



This presentation focuses on the mechanisms that impact our oceans and shorelines.


Students learn how scientists believe our oceans formed, why they are so salty, and how the water in the ocean circulates. Students practice using the Surface Ocean Currents map to interpret how global currents impact surrounding landmasses. Finally, students learn how waves impact our coastlines. Students are introduced to the following vocabulary terms: the Coriolis Effect, ocean currents, El Niño, longshore drift, sandbars, spits, barrier islands, and headlands.


The presentation is estimated to take approximately 35 minutes of class time. Guided notes are included for students to fill in while listening to and following along with the presentation.


Grade Levels: 7th – 12th
Total Pages: 57
Teaching Duration: 35 Minutes


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