How to understand and model tides

Understand how the tides work and build a model to find out their period

application/pdf How to model the tides activity sheet

© Keith Hartle, Carol Young, New Zealand/SEREAD

Individual activity

Duration: 1 hour

Type of activity: writing, modelization

Language: English

Materials required: map of the area related to tide times, paper, thin cardboard, come clear plastic, scissors, paper fastener

This activity consists of three exercises. Participants will learn to use the tide tables, understand the role of the Moon in regulating the tides, learn about the duration of the tides and model the tidal system. They will also discover the different types of tides (spring/neap) depending on the time period in the month.


The first exercise focuses on the tides, the second and third one on the tidal system and the last is about the spring and neap tides.

Follow up with a board game:

  Play with the tides (12-18)