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Marine Science Explorers: Animal Adaptations (FLEX)

In this four-week, flexible schedule course, learners will explore 4 different adaptations many marine creatures have through project based investigations.
Laura Petrusic
266 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 3 learners
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Sep 5

Sep 5 - Oct 3 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Oct 3

Oct 3 - Oct 31 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Upon completion of this class learners will be able to:
-describe the structural adaptations of blubber and fur in arctic animals.
-describe the mechanisms of the physiological adaptation of echolocation.
-describe the different ways whales use echolocation.
-describe the structural and behavioral adaptation of chromatophores and iridophores in squid.
-describe the physiological and behavioral adaptations of bioluminescence in marine life.  
-explain the difference structural, behavioral and physiological adaptations.
-identify key adaptations of marine organisms in relationship to their environment. 
I strive to create learner-centered, integrated lessons that relate content to students’ lives.  I believe that my educational background in the field of marine science, professional teaching degree and extensive experiencing developing/delivering educational programs for all ages, will generate a class experience that fosters learners' appreciation for our oceans and environment.   Please see my teacher profile page for more detailed information on my education and teaching experience. 
Weekly Work:
-One hands on project in art, simulation or experimentation.  Project length varies.  
-2-3 activity journal question responses posted to the classroom.  
Below is a skeletal list of supplies needed to complete the course. A detailed list will be provided the week prior to the start of class. • Blind fold • 2-4 players • Large open outdoor area • 5-gallon bucket • Ice • Timer or watch with a second hand • Digital thermometer • 5-gallon bucket • Tinfoil • Multiple colors of tissue paper including blue, green, yellow, brown • Clear drying washable glue • Paint brush • String or yarn • 3-4 sheets 8x11 white card stock • Stapler • Markers • Scissors • Glow-in-the-dark paint • Paper plates • Dark blue, black or red paint washable paint • Pipe cleaner • Hole punch • Toothpicks • Tape • White card stock
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Google Jamboard
  • Google Earth
  • YouTube
  • Padlet
Students will be provided with weekly written teacher feed back on submitted work.
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
Safety First!  To complete the echolocation game in week 2 learners, will need a few willing players and a large outdoor space clear of objects they could trip over.  


Laura Petrusic
Lives in the United States
Marine Science Educator Launching Voyages into Ocean Literacy 🌊
266 total reviews
275 completed classes

About Me

Welcome Parents and Students,

Thank you for taking the time to explore my courses!  Let me tell you a little bit about myself and the courses I teach on Outschool.  I am a state of Florida, professionally certified science teacher. As an... 
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