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SciPacks are self-directed online learning experiences for teachers to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept and its related pedagogical implications for student learning. Unlimited expert content help via email and a final assessment both facilitate and document teacher learning.
The Ocean’s Effect on Weather and Climate SciPack, co-developed between NOAA and NSTA, explores concepts related to Earth’s weather and climate. The focus is on Standards and Benchmarks related to weather and climate, the water cycle, climate change, and the role of solar energy and its affect on the atmosphere and oceans. The unique role oceans play in defining Earth’s weather and climate patterns is also specifically addressed.
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The SciPack was very educational for me; it was loaded with important information regarding the effect that the ocean has on the weather and climate. By working through this SciPack, I was able to develop a greater understanding of the topic, which in turn will help me to teach it more clearly to my students. One of my favorite things within this SciPack was that I was able to check my thinking throughout it. This was beneficial for instances where I was incorrect about the material. I was able to redirect my thinking before developing a strong misconception.
I strongly believe that it would be unacceptable to give this SciPack directly to a student because of the advanced language, the time, and the overload of information. Rather than assigning this entire SciPack, I would break it down into sections for the students to complete. Overall, this was a great resource for me, and I would recommend it to anyone that is planning to teach about the ocean’s effect on the weather and climate!
Mayson (Cookeville, TN)
This article was a great way to reintroduce the topic of weather and climate to a classroom and more importantly me! The information and resources given showed knowledge on the topic and a clear idea of what needed to be stated to inform the reader. Although the information can seem a little too abundant at times, I could easily make this approachable for my students. I will definitely be using this article in the future and I thank you for your work!
Issues around the ocean in today's world are being put on the stage, it gives teachers a fundamental set of knowledge to teach this hot point to students. Great SciPack!
Tianyang X (Gainesville, GA)
I found this resource to be fantastic for re-teaching myself the major components of weather. This sci-pack is filled with rich information needed to teach middle schoolers about weather and climate. It has a wide variety of different sub-topics which are extremely useful. I found that the time it took to complete this resource was time well spent. The embedded checks for understanding and short quizzes really encompassed the information being presented. Overall, this is a high quality resource!
This scipack was interesting and applicable to the real world. It taught about how hurricanes form and what conditions have to be present for it to form. It included many parts to the water cycle and tied it all together. It also discussed climate and global warming. This scipack was one that is considered all around for being packed with so much information. I would recommend this to a child in parts. If you gave a child the whole thing, that would be way too much for that child. Overall, this learning tool is interesting and overloaded with good information.
I really enjoyed this scipack. I actually learned quite a bit. I knew that the ocean affected the weather but I never knew exactly how it did that or how it was affected. This was very awesome and intriguing. I liked how it gave you question throughout so that you knew how well you were comprehending what you were reading. Very well put together!
I found the Sci-Pack about Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate to be very interesting and informative. The information is presented in a clear and concise manner. The interactive lessons with in the Sci-Pack are fun and make learning about the ocean's effect on weather and climate even more interesting. The final test on the sic-pack was challenging and the questions were a little misleading.
Amber Stout (Anchorage, AK)
I really enjoyed this sci-pack. It was a nice review on weather and climate and the factors on our Earth that are causing changes in our weather presently. The piece I found the most helpful was the common misconceptions students have in the elementary and middle school grades. This year while I teach this topic I will be paying close attention to address these common misconceptions.
Chris Taylor (Boise, ID)
The structure of the SciPacks really help me understand the underlying concepts that surround each topic.
I had a lot of fear of science before learning about the NSTA Learning Center, and Initially, I was unsure of how well I'd grasp scientific concepts in a self-paced, online format. However, the carefully sequenced topics, interactive activities and simulations, in addition to the voice-over explanations work well together to help deepen my understanding in the content area.
Especially valuable are the pedagogical implications and common student misconceptions. I feel a lot more knowledgeable about a subject after using a SciPack, and I highly recommend the Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate SciPack to anyone needing to learn more about this topic.
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)
This was a great SciPack. It was a tough one and contains a lot of good information. Focus is needed for this one, but the interactive simulations, videos, and extras really help with SciPack give you what you need.
Jessica Minton (Collierville, TN)
There is a lot to learn in this scipack. I learned a lot and feel much more prepared to teach this material. There is a lot of material covered and it feels fast paced. Not as many animated interaction windows or visuals as in the other scipacks I have done. Still it was good material and filled with terms and important facts and concepts.
This Scipak is ideal for anyone who is interested in taking any of the American Meteorological Society's Datastreme courses in Atmospheric Science, Physical Oceanography, or Climate Change. It fluidly shows the physical relationships among these typically disparate subject areas. Great job authors!
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)
I really loved the correlation between physical oceanography and atmospheric sciences. I have taken the AMS Maury course as well as Project Atmosphere and this SciPack really pulled everything together in a great well-written concise package! Great job!
This SciPack is a great look at how the largest part of the surface of our planet affects the climate and weather of our planet as a whole. Very easy to understand and very relevant to Science Standards
Erik (Bountiful, UT)
I learned tons of information from this SciPack. Besides a very general overview of climate vs weather and the water cycle, one segment covered ocean currents, thermohaline circulation, global weather patterns influenced by the El Niño Southern Oscillation (La Nina) and global weather patterns that are influenced by the North Atlantic Oscillation between Iceland the Azores. This segment was especially well written and explained.
The student demonstrations throughout the SciPack were very useful too for quick demos in your classroom.
I had never had a college-level meteorology class, although I did take oceanography. This SciPack really helped me to have a better grasp of how the two are interrelated and gave me more confidence in teaching 8th grade level weather and climate in my earth science course.
Joshua Kohn (Saint Paul, MN)
This rigorous learning segment pushed my limits. It's agressive, informative and challenging. Definitely a good use of training time.
Jessie Minter (Hico, Texas)
This SciPack provides the novice teacher, or teacher reassigned from another discipline a good introduction to the basics of climate and climate change. Incorporates content from physical science, and builds an evidence-based case for climate change. Lots of good simulations and classroom activities.
Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI)
This was a good review of weather and climate principles. I especially enjoyed some of the interactive activities and the suggested labs for class. I would like to see the interactives made available for use with classroom students. Some of them would be good for middle school students. I felt the water cycle activity was not up to par, it didn't really help the content. This is the activity with the person and the house and the long list. The ideas were not connected very well. Also I felt some of the questions in the final assessment were confusing. I was not able to retake the assessment even thought I tried. I was not able to check my answers to the ones I missed and I wanted to see why I had missed them. But overall, I felt it was a great review and I was very excited to be able to do it at NO COST since I am a member of NSTA!
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This was a very good exercise for learning. I have never been a very big science person, but I really did like the way that this was set up to teach me. I like that throughout the reading and pictures there were questions to help me reflect on what I had just read through. This was very helpful for me because I tend to forget what I have just read, but having the questions made me really concentrate and understand what I was trying to learn. I would definitely recommend this to another person.
I learned a lot through this SciPack because I knew that the ocean effected the water but I did not know that it effected it at such great lengths and how it worked. This SciPack really helped me understand more in depth how the ocean effects the climate and weather.
This scipack was seriously so helpful. I have always been interested in the weather, and it was cool to dig deeper and to have interactive resources that allowed . me to explore what I already knew, and to help me apply new information and to learn it in a way to where I hopefully can take this information into my future teaching. I feel like I really learned, and I hope that I retain this information because it all seemed super relevant and important. My computer was old so I had to switch technology to complete the interactive modules, but it ended up working fine after that!
I believe that increasing content knowledge is always beneficial for the science educator. This particular SciPack definitely increased my content knowledge. Even though I teach fifth grade math and science, I feel that it was well worth my time. The audio-visual elements add to the instruction. Much of the material is well above what I will teach in a fifth grade curriculum; however, I do feel better prepared for questions that may arise from more advanced students. I would definitely recommend this SciPack to my peers.
I found this Sci. Pack was helpful for increasing my knowledge about ocean's effect on weather and climate. I teach 6th graders, and the content directly correlates with the Va SOLs pertaining to weather and oceans.
I think this Scipack was a good learning tool. I learned a lot, however the test was rather difficult.My biggest complaint is on the tests; the questions that have multiple answers are tough, because you may have checked all three correct answers and checked one that is wrong, and still get the whole question wrong. Having partial might be a good way to solve this problem.
Most interesting SciPack yet! Still too many questions with multiple answers, but easier to answer.
pretty interesting sci pack
This SciPack was a little more difficult to understand than some of the others I have taken.It was very educational, but I found myself having to review a lot of the information because I was unable to grasp it at first. Overall it was very educational and I did learn a little bit more about why our weather works the way it does. Explaining this type of material to Elementary students is definitely going to be a little bit challenging for me.
As usual, the animations are great for helping to visualize the topics at hand. This SciPack does a great job of showing ocean currents, how hurricanes form, and explaining wind patterns in coastal regions. Also included is how scientists have been able to determine global patterns for prehistoric times.
I found it intriguing that previous glacial cycles have involved temperatures much warmer than what we are on pace for. Earth's climate feedback systems are, in a word, complicated, and I'm not sure how scientists (or anyone) can truly tease out the effect our industrial activity is having. That said, I'm all for reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, for a variety of reasons.
Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA)
This SciPack really helped refresh my memory as well as clear up some misconceptions of my own. This was definatly a great resource to help me prepare for teaching the water cycle.
Cynthia Lund (Pocatello, Idaho)
I really gained a better understanding of climate
and weather and the ocean's impact on weather by studying this Scipack. My only concern was that some of the Review questions were unnecessarily confusing
The information was very informative and interesting. The final assessment was very difficult compared to the text.
I overall enjoyed this SciPack and all the information I gained from it about the different ways the ocean effects the weather. However, I was a little confused on the final assessment. In the quizzes, you were given a map to help with viewing the air flow and temperatures but they are not provided in the final assessment which makes comprehending the question more difficult.
I did my scipack on climate and weather changes. I thought it was really interesting to learn all the different effects on weather. I feel like this will prepare me for my future students when we are covering weather. I was familiar with some reasons for weather change but not as much as I wanted. I know this is an interesting and important topic for students to understand. Therefore, I felt it was important for me to be really familiar with and be able to answer various questions they might have.
I could not imagine covering every subject from the od indexer but I think it would be really cool to do. I also think a great wealth of knowledge could also come from it too. However, if I do find myself not being able to answer a lot of question my students have in a certain science subject I believe going through a scipack of it would greatly help me and refresh my mind. I definitely think this is a resource I can return to.
By the end of the sci-pack I felt a hundred times better about the subject area. I feel more prepared and that I would be able to answer various questions considering weather and climate. I still had some troubles in some questions but I had a majority of them down. I hope I will be able to carry this knowledge with me into my classroom.
Heather Fox (Manchester, TN)
The information was good, but the test questions were confusing and difficult to interpret. The SciPack was also not as interactive as the SciPacks I have enjoyed previously.
Katrina (Ocean Springs, MS)
I thought the presentation of the Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate Sci Pack was very dry almost boring. However, the pack did contain some very good information. The assessment questions were poorly written and need revision.
This SciPack looks at oceans and their impact with the Science Objects as follows: Global Climate Patterns, Global Precipitation and Energy, Global Circulation Patterns, and Climate Change. While the title highlights the oceans’ role a huge part of this SciPack is about the energy coming from the sun and then how that energy moves around the planet as weather phenomena.
I was disappointed that the whole Climate Change/Global Warming hysteria found its way into this SciPack. The one graph they show in support of this idea looks at a snap shot of 220 years. It is such a small sample against the supposed back drop of billions of years. The “changes” we can see in the geologic record are so huge compared to what we are seeing and they had zero correlation with human activity.
I will do my best not to let my biases unduly affect what I present to students. I want them to be prepared to evaluate and decide and be insulated from manipulation.
Floyd (Honolulu, HI)
I learned a lot from this Sci Pack. I enjoyed the diagrams, pictures, etc., because i was able to visualize the concepts that i was reading about. I used the listening option for the majority of my categories. I was able to listen to someone speak and follow along which helped me to stay focused. I thought that the material was presented in a way that was understandable and easy to read. The interactives were also helpful and kept me interested in the material.
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