Causes of surface and deep sea currents are explored in this brief lesson. The information is presented in a 14-slide Power point, accompanied by a guided note page that students can use as they view the slide show. The final slide gives the students a chance to review what they have learned by answering 7 challenging questions. A vocabulary term page and follow-up activity are included to complete the lesson.
Topics covered are:
- sources and effects of prevailing winds - Coriolis effect
- role that density differences play in creating currents
- how gyres are formed
- how currents affect climate
Terms from the vocabulary page and explained in the slide show:
- convection current
- thermohaline circulation
- global conveyor belt
- Coriolis effect
- Horse latitudes
- Wind Belts
This lesson can be taught in one block period, or up to two 50-minute periods.
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