Marine Biology Live Zoom (By Request: Grades 6-12)

    A full 12 unit course featuring the dynamic ocean system. Students will learn the basics of marine biology as we focus on the water cycle, nitrogen cycle, chemical oceanography, ecosystems, and water pollution.

    Length: This class is offered in two ways: 1) self paced 2) live Zoom. If you would like this course offered via live Zoom then you will register on this page. Live Zoom classes are a great way for students to get access to a certified science teacher for lessons/slideshows/lab help. The class will meet once a week for 45 minutes for the weekly lesson, and then students will continue in Google Classroom the rest of the week. In Google Classroom students will find 4-5 assignments each week, practice assessments, and tests. During the live format, many times students will take live assessments via Quizizz, practice notecards with the instructor, perform labs and participate in discusssions over weekly science topics. Families can request for this session to be 1:1 or group. If the family prefers a group session then the family will be emailed when 2-3 others sign up. If we do not have enough for a group then the class will be offered the course 1:1 instead. After making a payment, families will receive an email asking for a few days of the week and times that work best to schedule the weekly Zoom. Weekly Zoom classes will meet for a session to begin the week, and then students will work in Google Classroom to finish the weekly assignments. The family will need to pace the class to finish the week's assignments before the next upcoming Zoom to keep a steady pace for the course. 

    Class experience:

    The Marine Biology curriculum is designed to emphasize the interconnectedness of multiple science disciplines and the power to stimulate learning and comprehension across broad scales. Students will recognize that the ocean is a dynamic system reflecting interactions among organisms, ecosystems, chemical cycles, and physical and geological processes, on land, in air, and in the oceans. Students will investigate oceanography concepts through experience in laboratories and research using the processes of inquiry. The class will be highly project based, with students researching various topics in marine biology. 

    Class sample video: https://www.loom.com/share/652048ac1cb1405ab13c0df81dc8fea6?sid=9f5004a5-4c51-47c5-ba10-9215cef7ae90

    This class is geared for middle school and high school students. The class will be highly interactive with research into types of aquatic animals, water pollution, and more. The student will be trying different types of labs at home, creating displays, and sharing any ocean themed art they have created. 

    State science requirement questions:

    9th grade is normally Biology, so please make sure you can use this course to satisfy state requirements. In most US states, this class can be used as a 4th science after Biology has been taken or an elective. It can be taken in middle school as a supplementation to 7th grade Life Science or an elective. This course is offered at two levels. The first level is for middle schoolers, using chapters at the 6-8th grade level and grade appropriate labs. The second level is for high schoolers, meeting the state requirements for a 4th high school science.  

    We will be using a combination of teacher created lessons and oceanography from GA Virtual, Glencoe Science, and CK-12 Flexbooks. . The following topics will be taught:

    Introduction to oceanography/marine biology 

    Careers in marine biology

    Oceanography as science

    Ocean Layers

    Sea Floor Topography

    Geological Oceanography

    Water Cycle 

    Chemical Oceanography 

    Nitrogen Cycle

    Water Pollution

    Class project: water pollution poster, animal layers with oil, ocean layer cut out, salinity check, marine organism research, animal brochure, and ocean diorama.

    Student Interaction/Assignments:

    Students will create a science spiral to hold resource material learned along the way. 

    Dissection recommendation: Recommended (not required) that families visit https://www.carolina.com/preserved-organisms/preserved-animals-non-mammals/10759.ct to purchase a dissection kit so students can observe possibly a starfish, crayfish or perch to dissect. 

    Students are encouraged, but not required, to set up their own personal aquarium at home.

    Sample Link-https://www.loom.com/share/b527c93eead947de85283dd72730ad15?sid=c1c156c0-6988-4db2-ad12-e4bd73db4178

    This course is a full year course, broken up into two semesters. 

    Tuition Info: 

    Curriculum $149/semester

    12 Live Zooms @ $18=$216/semester

    Total $365/semester

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