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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
267 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 4 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
$5 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings

Available times

Table of available sections


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 an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week 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 🌊
267 total reviews
282 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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