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The Ins and Outs of Tides: Learn About Causes and Predictions

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The Ins and Outs of Tides: Learn About Causes and Predictions

In this activity, learners will compare predicted and observed tides using data from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA). The objectives of this activity include being able to describe the forces causing tides and appraise accuracy of tidal predictions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Tides
    • Solar System
      • The Moon
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Rotation Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Rose, Laura


  • All Rights Reserved, Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program,

Funding Sources:

  • NOAA Sea Grant
  • National Marine Educators Association


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