Ocean Facts for Kids: Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Indian OceanInteresting Facts for Kids In our Ocean Facts for Kids you will learn about the oceans of the world. Did you know that oceans cover more than 71% of the Earth's surface? There are five oceans which cover the surface of our globe. The five Oceans Pacific Ocean The Pacific Ocean is the biggest ocean of the world and covers more than 30% of the Earth's surface. The name "Pacific" come from the Latin word: "pacificus" which means peaceful. The lowest known point on earth is called Challenger Deep and is located in the Pacific Ocean near Guam in the Philippine Sea and . The largest coral reef in the world is located off the Australian coast and is called the Great Barrier Reef. The ring of fire is also located in the Pacific Ocean. More interesting Facts about the Pacific Ocean for Kids here. Read more about Australia here. Atlantic Ocean Facts for Kids The Atlantic is the second biggest ocean in the world and is between the continents of America and Europe and Africa. Indian Ocean Facts for Kids
How many oceans are there?While there is only one global ocean, the vast body of water that covers 71 percent of the Earth is geographically divided into distinct named regions. The boundaries between these regions have evolved over time for a variety of historical, cultural, geographical, and scientific reasons. Historically, there are four named oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic. However, most countries - including the United States - now recognize the Southern (Antarctic) as the fifth ocean. The Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian are known as the three major oceans. The Southern Ocean is the 'newest' named ocean.
For EducatorsMore Lesson Plans Find lessons/activities by topic, title or grade levels. Sort by newest or alphabetically. / WETA/PBS Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture Series Students will study and replicate a model of the factors affecting fisheries populations in the Chesapeake Bay (or any other bay). Grades: 9-12 / NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Program The goal of this game is to illustrate to the students what happens to a fish stock when large amounts of biomass are removed from a particular species. Grades: 6-8 Through a fishing simulation, students model several consecutive seasons of a commercial fishery and explore how technology, population growth, and sustainable practices impact fish catch and fisheries management. Grades: 6-8, 9-12 / PBS – Jean Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures After an introduction to the variety of current fishing methods, students learn through an activity about the problem of bycatch and then design a poster or PSA to educate others about the issue. Grades: K-2, 3-5
Mountain Ranges of the WorldMountain Ranges of the World There are many different mountain ranges in the world, each with its own unique shapes and characteristics. Below are some of the more famous from around the world. The Alps The Andes The Himalaya The Rockies The Appalachians The Rwenzori The Pyrenees The Alborz The Atlas The Urals The Sierra Nevada The Cascades The Alaska Range The Great Dividing Range The Zagros The Karakoram The Hindu Kush The Brooks Range Check out our new Photos page to purchase museum-quality photosby Mountainprofessor.com!
Lesson Plan on 7 Continents and 4 Oceans (3rd Grade Geography)Teachers: James Koo & Winston Gonzalez Subjects: Geography & English Grammar Grade: 3rd Grade Length: 50 minutes Geography Lesson Plan Part 1 Topic: Geography - The world Skills Focus: Learning the 7 Continents and 4 Oceans Objectives: SWBAT to identify and name the 7 different Continents, and 4 Oceans. Materials: Smartboard (PowerPoint presentation uploaded, containing a map of the world)Sheets of Paper with the continents and oceans labeled on itMarkers Into: Begin the lesson with a with a fun 5 minute discussion that will catch the students attention as the class begins. Through: After the discussions with the students, ask them for 11 volunteers. Beyond: The students will then be ask to go home and brainstorm about which continents they think they live in. Preposition Lesson Plan Part 2 Topic: English Grammar – Prepositions Skills Focus: Comprehension of Oral Instruction, Writing, Recognizing in Written Context Proficiency: Low to Intermediate Beyond:
Quick Facts on Icebergs | National Snow and Ice Data CenterIcebergs are commonly found near Antarctica and in the North Atlantic Ocean near Greenland. What is an iceberg? Icebergs are pieces of ice that formed on land and float in an ocean or lake. Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes, from ice-cube-sized chunks to ice islands the size of a small country. The term "iceberg" refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) across. How do icebergs form, and where do they go? Icebergs form when chunks of ice calve, or break off, from glaciers, ice shelves, or a larger iceberg. When an iceberg reaches warm waters, the new climate attacks it from all sides. Icebergs can develop into a variety of shapes as they break apart. Why are icebergs important? Icebergs pose a danger to ships traversing the North Atlantic and the waters around Antarctica. The International Ice Patrol uses airplanes and radars to track icebergs that float into major shipping lanes. Scientists test their equipment on a small iceberg during the 2006 IceTrek expedition.
EARTH'S Oceans - Zoom AstronomyZoom AstronomyEARTH'S OCEANS Oceans cover about 70% of the Earth's surface. The oceans contain roughly 97% of the Earth's water supply. The oceans of Earth are unique in our Solar System. The oceans of Earth serve many functions, especially affecting the weather and temperature. As water flows in rivers, it picks up small amounts of mineral salts from the rocks and soil of the river beds. SALINITY The salinity (salt content) of ocean water varies. The oceans are about 3.5% salt (by weight). The saltiest water is in the Red Sea and in the Persian Gulf, which have a salinity of about 40 o/oo (due to very high evaporation rates and low fresh water influx). The Earth's oceans are all connected to one another. The winds cause waves on the surface of the ocean (and on lakes). Waves of water do not move horizontally, they only move up and down (a wave does not represent a flow of water). Tides are periodic rises and falls of large bodies of water. WHY IS THE OCEAN BLUE?
Weather Wiz Kids weather information for kidsVolcanoes (Volcanoes are not associated with weather, but instead are natural disasters.) What is a volcano?A volcano is a mountain that opens downward to a pool of molten rock below the surface of the earth. When pressure builds up, eruptions occur. Gases and rock shoot up through the opening and spill over or fill the air with lava fragments. Click Here to learn more about volcanoes from USGS. How are volcanoes formed? What are plate tectonics? Click Here to learn more about plate tectonics and the drifting of our continents. How many volcanoes are there? What are the different types of volcanoes? What is the difference between lava and magma? Why does lava take a long time to cool down? What is a pyroclastic flow? What is lahar? What is pumice? What is the largest active volcano? What is the Ring of Fire? When did Mount St. Click Here for more info on Mount St. Click Here to see an animation of an earthquake and the resulting tsunami. Know the Lingo Volcano Safety Tips Volcano Activities