- Subject: Science
- Audience: High School
- Credits: 1 (.5 per segment)
- Prerequisites: Physical Science suggested, but not required
- SCED: 03005 G
Students will investigate characteristics of various populations, patterns of distribution of life in our aquatic systems, and ongoing changes occurring every day in our ecosystems. They will discover how much our oceans and lakes affect climate, weather, and the seasons; and have the opportunity to explore the relationships among living organisms.
Iowa Core Skills and Standards
Life and Earth Sciences, including weather, cycles, populations, and ecosystems
Why It Matters
Marine science offers students an opportunity to go beyond the local grasslands ecosystem and look at connections to other communities and populations across the world. Since three quarters of our planet is water, understanding how water affects climate and the seasons helps us to better understand world challenges.
Kitchen materials, measuring utensils, general school supplies will be required.
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General Course Outline
- 01.03 What is Science?
- 01.04 Scientific Method
- 01.05 Designing Your Own Experiment
- 01.06 Discussion Origins of the Oceans
- 01.07 What Makes the Ocean a Nice Place to Live?
- 01.08 (Optional) How do Animals Communicate in Water?
- 01.09 Properties of Water Lab
- 01.10 Exploring the Bay of Fundy
- 02.02 HMS Challenger Journal of a Scientist
- 02.03 (Optional) Ocean Exploration
- 02.04 Exploring Rocky Shores
- 02.05 Crabby Crustaceans Lab
- 02.06 What is a Tidepool?
- 02.07 Rocky Shore Current Event
- 02.08 Honors Chesapeake Bay
- 02.09 Ocean Zones and the Life Within
- 03.02 Introduction to Sea Turtles
- 03.03 (Optional) Dichotomous Keys
- 03.04 Caretta Caretta Turtle Rehabilitation
- 03.05 Tracking Sea Turtle Migration
- 03.06 Positive Human Impact
- 03.07 Exploring Sandy Beaches
- 03.08 What is Happening to the Sand?
- 03.09 Marine Pollution
- 03.10 (Optional) Marine Pollution
- 03.11 How Can We Clean Up an Oil Spill?
- 04.02 Dia What? And Dino Who? An Introduction to Marine Phytoplankton
- 04.03 Dinoflagellates
- 04.04 Create a Phytoplankton
- 04.05 Adaptations of Organisms
- 04.06 (Optional) How Have Organisms Adapted to the Galapagos Islands?
- 04.07 Marine Iguanas
- 04.08 Food Webs
- 04.09 Make a Food Web Activity
- 04.10 (Optional) Invasive Species
- 04.11 Class Report
- 05.02 Ocean Currents
- 05.03 Continuing With Currents
- 05.04 Investigating ENSO
- 05.05 Impacts of El Nino
- 05.06 Hurricane!
- 05.07 Exploring Sandy Beaches
- 05.08 Learn a Little About Penguins
- 05.09 How Do Penguins Keep Warm?
- 05.10 (Optional) Doing Some Antarctic Research
- 06.02 The Great Barrier Reef
- 06.03 Destroying the Coral Reefs!
- 06.04 (Optional) Aqualung
- 06.05 Mollusks
- 06.06 Mollusk Lab
- 06.07 In Search of the Giant Squid
- 06.08 Estuaries
- 06.09 (Optional) Types of Estuaries
- 06.10 Life in a Mangrove Ecosystem
- 06.11 Nutrients in the Marine Environment
- 06.12 Too Much of a Good Thing
- 07.02 Exploring the Abyss
- 07.03 (Optional) Resources in the Abyss
- 07.04 Surf's Up! Wave Anatomy
- 07.05 Tides
- 07.06 Theory of Plate Tectonics
- 07.07 Introduction to Fish
- 07.08 Fish Adaptations
- 07.09 Fish Shapes
- 07.10 All About Sharks and Their Relatives!
- 08.02 Marine Mammal Characteristics and Adaptations
- 08.03 Protect Wild Dolphins - Admire Them From a Distance
- 08.04 (Optional) Marine Mammal Awareness
- 08.05 Exploring the Kelp Forest
- 08.06 Kelp! Not Just for Sea Otters
- 08.07 Keystone Predator
- 08.08 What Kind of Meat Is This? - Detecting Whale Meat Using DNA
- 08.09 Global Fisheries