of Background Information Sections
Each background section is organized according to the following
5 Themes indicated in national and state standards divide
the topic material into Systems and Structures, Energy, Change, Interactions,
Measurement. We then provide:
- Objectives -
which clearly define what the student is expected to learn as defined
by the cited TEKS
(Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) chapter and paragraph. For
Example: demonstrate that new substances can be made when two or more
are chemically combined and compare the properties of the new substances
to the original substances (*6.7-A).
- Key Concepts -
which provide detailed teacher information topics such as bathymetry,
waves, salinity, etc.
- Classroom Activity-
where applicable a link to OceanWorld's own Classroom Activities which
correspond directly to the given topic and theme. Please see the section "How-to
use OceanWorld Activities" for more information on their intention
additional websites and learning materials related to the topic and
Properties of the Ocean
This section primarily deals with the physical properties
of the ocean, their observation, measurement and interaction.
Currents and Circulation
This section primarily deals with the ocean currents, the
processes which cause them, historical factors influencing them, and their
impact on climate.
This section primarily deals with El Niño, its causes,
cycle, and impact.
Oceanic Heat Budget
This section primarily deals with the concept of the
heat budget, the water cycle, regional and seasonal change, the
This section primarily deals with fisheries, sea life, human
impact on habitat, oceanic occurrences impacting sea life.