Oceans and Coastal Processes Unit



Throughout this two-day long, no-prep ocean and coastal processes unit, students focus on the mechanisms that impact our oceans and shorelines.

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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 following resources are included in this two-day long unit:

  • Unit Pacing Guide
  • Oceans and Coastal Processes Lesson Plan
  • Oceans and Coastal Processes PowerPoint Presentation & Guided Notes
  • Surface Ocean Currents Practice Packet & Answer Key
  • Groundwater, Streams & Coastal Processes Quiz & Answer Key


Grade Levels: 8th – 12th
Total Pages: 70+
Teaching Duration: 2 Days

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