Students living near a coast know their rain comes from the ocean. They grow up watching thunderstorms build offshore or along the coast. Students who live inland from a coast may not have the same wealth of experience connecting the water cycle to the ocean. However, both groups of students may have questions about how the ocean is a part of the freshwater cycle. In fact, many students at a young age still do not understand how freshwater can come from salty ocean water, and they may not realize that freshwater is an important resource we get from the ocean—even more important than seafood!
Watch this video of 5th grade students in Laguna Niguel—a coastal community. The purpose of this classroom video is to listen to students' ideas about the ocean's role in weather and water cycling.
For additional classroom context, video analysis, and reflection opportunities, read the Picture of Practice page for "Ocean and Water Cycling" in the One Ocean Environmental Literacy Teacher Guide, page 31.