Marine Biology Self Paced (Full Year: 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 course can be condensed and can be completed in a semester or families can extend to course to complete over a full year. The course will be presented using the self paced model. 

    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:

    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 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.

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