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Getting Windy


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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Getting Windy

In this activity, learners create and understand surface currents. Learners create example surface currents and discover how landmasses affect the current.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • clear, shallow, glass pan
  • food coloring
  • small bowl
  • petri dish
  • variety of waterproof, irregularly shaped objects
  • science journals
  • water

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • NASA Center for Distance Learning, Office of Education at NASA’s Langley Research Center

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, ©2004

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