Why not let
Ocean and You present a standards-aligned program to your class? We serve all grade levels, in any format that suits your needs. Most programs include storytelling, conversations about science and active hands-on learning opportunities. My teaching methods are best suited to groups of 10-30 students, and a single program may last 45-90 minutes. I can create a program to fit your needs and budget, or you may choose an existing program as described here and in my printable flyer.
Programs Aligned with California Science Content Standards
- First grade: Features of animals Explore the amazing variety of marine life using stories, movement, model animals and art.
- Second grade: Sound Learn to identify weird ocean noises and experiment with sound transmission using slinkies and sound tubes.
- Third grade: Adaptations Study convergent evolution in sharks and whales, and learn the adaptations for predators and grazers. Includes models, movement and coloring worksheet.
- Fourth grade: Ecosystems Explore California's most beautiful marine ecosystem, and learn why sea otters are the heroes of the kelp forest. Includes stories, movement and art.
- Fifth grade: Chemistry The chemistry of water determines the shape of the snowflake and makes life on earth possible. A good class for December!
- Sixth grade: Earth Science The ocean shapes the features of the earth. We will experiment with sand tables and topographic maps.
Other Hands-on Programs
- Floating and Sinking: Learn Archimedes'
principle using empty soda bottles, corks, pins and
tubs full of water. Each child takes home an "ocean
in a bottle" from this fun and messy class.
- Water Cycle: Experience the water cycle
through story, movement and art. Learn how we and our watershed are part of the water cycle.
- Marine Debris: Sort trash by how long it lasts in the environment, and whether it's a good choice at the store. Develop a concept map of the causes and effects of trash on the beach.
- Oil Spill: Practice cleaning up an oil spill,
and figure out how to avoid future spills.
Lectures and Demonstrations
- Climate Change and the Poles: It's happening. It's real. How are Antarctica and the Arctic Ocean affected, and what can we do about it?
- Mythbusters, Environmental Edition: So much advice, some of it conflicting. What's an environmentalist to do?
- Oyster Restoration in Pamlico Sound: What do high tech current-measuring instruments have to do with tomorrow's lunch?
- Beach Water Quality: Case study of a polluted beach near a sewage treatment plant. Learn how science informs policy and articulate your own decision-making process.