Oceans Activities for Middle School Science
The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of oceans. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
The Oceans 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Oceans Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.
The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.
After completing the Oceans 5E Lesson, students will be able to understand the oceans, ocean currents, the human impact on oceans, the composition of oceans, and how salinity, density and temperature are related.
Science Reading Comprehension
The Oceans Reading Comprehension Passage is an original science article that can be used to increase reading comprehension and science literacy.
The leveled science reading passages cover the Oceans and are designed to engage your middle school science students with a fascinating article, aligned questions, and a mini-project as a lesson extension.
The Oceans Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.
Students will explore the effects of salinity by creating three layers of salt water with different densities. Then, by boiling the top layer, they will see the effect
of evaporation on the density of the remaining water.
The Oceans Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.
Oceans Classroom Experiences
Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about oceans. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
The Save the Oceans STEM Challenge uses the engineering design process to prototype a machine to deal with the ocean's trash.
Students will be using collaborative skills such as brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on their progress during the project.
At the end of the Save the Oceans STEM challenge, students are given an opportunity to share their projects outside of the classroom.
These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.
These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.
Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.
Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.
Essential Questions and Standards
Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the oceans unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.
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