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Project Earth Science: Physical Oceanography, Revised 2nd Edition

by: Alfredo L. Aretxabaleta, Gregg R. Brooks, and Nancy W. West

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How well can your students—
• Explain why ice floats?
• Model ocean currents?
• Predict tides?
• Describe the proper clean-up of an oil spill?

Project Earth Science: Physical Oceanography, Revised 2nd Edition, immerses students in activities that focus on water, the substance that covers nearly three-quarters of Earth's surface. Eighteen ready-to-use, teacher-tested classroom activities and supplemental readings offer explorations and straightforward explanations to foster intuitive understanding of key science concepts. Students cover topics such as the structure of water molecules, saltwater and freshwater mixing, and tidal forces as they create waves, dissolve substances, float eggs, and more. Background materials for students and teachers, detailed and illustrated procedures for doing hands-on activities, and supplemental resources provide all the tools necessary to make a splash in the classroom.

Table of Contents



Additions and Changes to Revised 2nd Edition

About Project Earth Science: Physical Oceanography

Creating Scientific Knowledge

Observing and the Problem of Scale

Getting Ready for Classroom Instruction

Key Concepts

Project Earth Science: Physical Oceanography and the National Science

Education Standards

Safety in the Classroom Practices

Standards Organizational Matrix

Activities at a Glance Matrix


Activity 1 A Pile of Water

Activity 2 A Sticky Molecule

Activity 3 Over and Under—Why Water’s Weird

Activity 4 How Water Holds Heat

Activity 5 Water—The Universal Solvent

Activity 6 Won’t You BB My Hydrometer?

Activity 7 Ocean Layers

Activity 8 The Myth of Davy Jones’s Locker

Activity 9 Estuaries—Where the Rivers Meet the Sea

Activity 10 Current Events in the Ocean

Activity 11 Body Waves

Activity 12 Waves and Wind in a Box

Activity 13 Tanks a Lot—Activities for a Wave Tank (Teacher Demonstration)

Activity 14 Plotting Tidal Curves

Activity 15 Tides Mobile

Activity 16 The Bulge on the Other Side of Earth

Activity 17 Oily Spills

Activity 18 Forever Trash



Reading 1 Water: The Sum of Its Parts

Reading 2 The Ocean

Reading 3 The Tides: A Balance of Forces

Reading 4 Waves

Reading 5 The Ocean: A Global View

Constructing a Wave Tank


About the Authors


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Grade Levels

Elementary High School Middle School


Curriculum Instructional Materials Lesson Plans


Type NSTA Press BookPub Date 9/20/2011ISBN 978-1-936959-02-0Stock # PB298X3

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