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What's up with that funny plastic duck? Join Natalie, Anna, and Calvin as they get to the bottom of this mystery. Along the way, they learn some cool new things about surface ocean currents, the Great Lakes, and ocean research.

This module, intended for grades 3-5, includes a storybook and three classroom activities. In the storybook, the three kids work collaboratively to explore and investigate surface currents found in the ocean and the Great Lakes while learning about the journey of a seafaring plastic duck. Three hands-on activities for the classroom further explore the science content and provide instruction in basic science process skills. These materials are aligned with the National Science Education Standards.

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This module was prepared by the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Eastern Michigan University with funding from award #NA07SEC4690004 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce to Eastern Michigan University. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Last modified September 24, 2008 by Lisa Gardiner.

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