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 References

Making Waves Poster  

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:

North Carolina Sea Grant: Terri Hathaway

South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium: Carolyn Robinson

COSEE-SE Education Specialist for Georgia:  Angela Bliss

Florida Sea Grant: Program Assistant

COSEE Gulf of Mexico and The Pier Aquarium.  Contact the Pier Aquarium for shipping and handling charges.

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


  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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Wave Activities Suggested Grade Level National Science Education Standards Code Symbols
K-4 5-8 9-12 A B C D E F G
Home on the Beach        
Making Waves          
Wind Waves        
Wave Size and Depth          
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See applicable State standards applicable to wave activities and National Science Education Standards  

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

Understand wave models at NOAA's Wavewatch III

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