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Catch the SECOORA Wave!

The SECOORA virtual waves classroom. Get the "Making Waves" poster, find lessons, locate real time wave information on the web, learn the wave vocabulary with the waves glossary, and find other resources.

COSEE SouthEast and COSEE Gulf of Mexico are SECOORA education partners in developing these materials.

Making Waves PosterWave PresentationWave Fact SheetSelected Wave ActivitiesWave GlossaryTsunami Resource LinksMore About WavesWeb Wave ReferencesMaking Waves Survey

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This 36 inch by 32 inch poster, Making Waves, adds excitement to the classroom. Learn about concepts such as "What is a Wave?," "Anatomy of a Wave," "What Causes Ocean Waves?", "Parts of a Wave," and "South Atlantic Bight Wave Facts."

To get a full sized printed poster, contact your Sea Grant office:

For educators outside of FL, SC, GA and NC, contact the NOAA Outreach Unit:

NOAA Outreach Distribution Unit 1305 East-West Hwy. Room 1W524 Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Wave PowerPoint Presentation

An introduction to wave data and using episodic wave data for inquiry lessons.

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Background information for teachers and students

The most common causes of surface waves.

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Based on National Science Education Standards

Wave ActivitiesSuggested Grade LevelNational Science Education Standards Code Symbols
Home on the Beach    
Making Waves     
Wind Waves    
Wave Size and Depth     

State standards applicable to wave activities

National Science Education Standards

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Learn the Terms

Wave concepts and definitions of wave terminology for teachers and students.

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Special Feature: Classroom-safe resources on the web about tsunamis


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Web Lessons

An interactive wave model from National Geographic.

Use the Bridge, The Ocean Sciences Teacher Resource Center for more wave lessons and links.

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Real time wave data and applications for sailing and surfing

Select location and buoys to find real time wave height from The National Data Buoy Center. This is the major source of data for wave and other data from instruments in the water.

Learn about wave measurements from the National Data Buoy Center.

View a surfer-friendly display of east coast surf waves generated by models.

Understand wave models at NOAA's Wavewatch III.

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What did you think of the Wave poster and the supporting web resources? Your answers to a simple survey will help evaluate the educational effectiveness of the poster and web site as similar products are developed.


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