NSES Content Standard D 
Earth and Space Science: Structure of the Earth system
Grades 5-8, page 160

Global patterns of atmospheric movement influence local weather. Oceans have a major effect on climate, because water in the oceans holds a large amount of heat.

Benchmark 4B The Physical Setting: The Earth
Grades 6-8, page 69
Heat energy carried by ocean currents has a strong influence on climate around the world.