The Ins and Outs of Tides: Learn About Causes and Predictions

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In this activity, learners will compare predicted and observed tides using data from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA). The objectives of this activity include being able to describe the forces causing tides and appraise accuracy of tidal predictions.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: Under 5 minutes
  • Learning Time: 45 to 60 minutes
  • Estimated materials cost: free
  • Age Range: Ages 14 - 18
  • Language: English

Materials List (per student)


Informal Category

  • Nature and Environment


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Tides
    • Solar System
      • The Moon
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Rotation Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

To use this activity learners need to

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Laura Rose


All Rights Reserved, Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program,

Funding sources

  • NOAA Sea Grant
  • National Marine Educators Association



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