A Dynamic Ocean

Every life, even your own, is impacted by the chemical and physical properties of the ocean. From the simple chemistry of a single water molecule to the density driven deep ocean currents that circumnavigate the globe, the ocean impacts all life on Earth. The enormity of the ocean's size can make it seem like nothing is ever happening.

Appropriate grade range: 9-12

Learning Goals

  • Investigate the chemical properties of water that give the ocean its unique characteristics.
  • Compare and contrast the different ways the ocean influences life on Earth.
  • Identify the patterns of ocean circulation and thier cause.
  • Illustrate how the nutrients needed by living things are distributed by ocean currents.


  1. Water
  2. Ocean Circulation
  3. Ocean Cycles

Course Components

  • Online Assessment
  • Student Guide
  • Narrated Video
  • Interactives
  • Objectives for each Chapter
  • Certificate of Completion

Alignment to NGSS