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HS Marine Biology Series; Marine Processes, Ecosystems, and Species Exploration

Mrs. Atwood
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In this four-week class, students will be introduced to amazing marine processes that occur naturally in the environment such as thermohaline circulation, and how seasonal variations affect marine chemistry in areas such as the Everglades.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
4 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
The Everglades
In this lesson students will dive into the unique ecosystem that is the Florida Everglades. Students will learn about the geographical elements and environmental influences on this area, as well as learn about the diverse flora and fauna that comprise this habitat.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
In this lesson students will explore different types of lagoons and intertidal environments such as estuarine systems that encompass a wide variety of coastal habitats such as salt marshes and oyster bars. Students will be introduced to elements found specifically in lagoons as well as the unique marine species that call these ecosystems home.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
The Pacific Ocean
In this lesson, students will explore the dynamics of the largest ocean in the world, exploring amazing animal interactions by some of our largest mammals in the aquatic ecosystems. In addition, students will take more of an in depth look into some of biggest challenges facing this extraordinary ecosystem.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
The Atlantic Ocean
In this lesson, students will explore concepts such ocean circulation patterns and thermohaline circulation. In addition, they will take in an in depth look at some of the extraordinary ecological interactions occurring in this dynamic summation of ecosystems.
 My entire life I wanted to explore the ocean and the environment.  I have always had a great appreciation for the processes that are not completely understood and the unknowns that have yet to be discovered in the environment.  In the beginning of my professional career in research, I worked as a naturalist on a whale watch boat and as a laboratory technician working on environmental clean up projects such as water and land pollution. Then I moved into my dream job of being a research chemist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in marine & geochemistry where I was able to be in the foundation of the research community and learn from many amazing scientists & researchers who devoted their life to exploring the mysteries of the environment as well as protecting the animals and organisms living in it.  For me, working as a student mentor with graduate and post graduate students, made this experience one I will always cherish.  As a teacher, I want my students to be excited about what they are learning and with my background in research, I will work extra hard to make sure that if there is an aspect of a topic that a student is interested in, I will make every effort to alter my lessons to include those topics.
Homework Offered
Each week the students will be provided with a recording to listen to as well as assigned weekly readings and a discussion question that students will be required to respond to. Students may also complete the questions in the Nearpod lessons while they are watching the recording for the week. This will help to them to reinforce the concepts presented in the lessons. Each student will also be provided with their own individual login to Ck-12, which is a site I will be using to provide additional assignments for the students. This site is designed for students to work at their own pace. Students will also be provided with a short project that will begin on the third lesson. More information will be explained further throughout the course.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Understanding of the weekly concepts is assessed by completion of the discussion questions, in addition to, participation in the Nearpod lessons. In Ck-12 students can access supplemental materials such as readings, videos, and interactives. Quizzes in Ck-12 are offered as a way to gauge student understanding of the optional lessons given in Ck-12. This class is designed to best suit each student individually, therefore, if a student would like more reading materials or other ways to gauge student understanding, then I can provide that. Families can also use all of the recordings, discussions, the project, and reading materials the way that they see works best for their student(s).
Grades Offered
Grades and/or progress reports can be given if requested by the learner or parent.
Students do not need to have any previous knowledge of marine biology or marine ecosystems. 
Links to relevant websites will be provided as well as handouts provided by the teacher. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
This class utilizes the third-party tools Nearpod and Ck-12 Flexbooks. The students do not need to share any personal information in order to use the material for these particular tools, the teacher generates the login information from her own personal account and shares them with the students. 
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, NOAA, various scientific articles from Nature, Science Direct
Joined September, 2017
I have been working as a private tutor for grades 5-12 in Science and English since 1999.  I also worked as student mentor to post doctoral and summer student fellows for over ten years while I worked as a Research Chemist in marine & geochemistry... 
Self-Paced Class


weekly or $48 for all content
4 pre-recorded lessons
4 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 13-18

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