Marine Mammal Month$50
About this course
Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 7-11.
Levels: There is only one level for this course.
Start Date: March 2. Class runs for 4 weeks. Students have two weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.
My degree is in Marine Biology (from Texas A&M University at Galveston), and marine biology was the very first homeschool class I ever taught. I have since branched out into many other sciences, but always love it when I can teach my passion- ocean life! When I offered my Marine Zoology series, so many people wanted a class for the younger kids. That’s when I created Shark Month. And the response was so huge for more, that I decided to create Marine Mammal Month! This 4 week workshop will still have TONS of science, but will be written for younger students.This class is really not a good fit for current Marine Zoology students, as all of the information in this class will be covered in zoology, but in more detail.
This is meant to be a fun, no pressure class! But that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to learn! Some of the things we’ll be covering will include:
1. Evolution: Where do marine mammals fit into the grand scheme of life on earth? When did they evolve? Did they evolve from fish or something else? What were some of the first forms of marine mammals? Are marine mammals like sea lions and dolphins more closely related to each other or to something else?
2. Taxonomy: We’ll learn about how scientists classify marine mammals into taxonomic groups so we can see what characteristics separate the various groups from each other.
3. Anatomy: What makes a marine mammal like a whale or dolphin a marine mammal and not a fish?
4. Species: We’ll go through all of the major groups of marine mammals and learn what makes each group unique- Pinnipeds (Seals, Sea Lions, Walruses), Otters, Polar Bears, Manatees, and Cetaceans (Dolphins and Whales). Some species are the smartest in the ocean, but is it possible that they are the most intelligent creatures on EARTH? Students will learn how to use a dichotomous key to identify species.
5. Conservation: What is the status of the world’s marine mammal populations? What laws are in place to protect them? What are the pros and cons of keeping these animals in captivity?
LESSON PLANS: This is a 4 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.
DISCUSSION:We offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!
ASSIGNMENTS: This is a hands on class!! Each week, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.
QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.
GRADES: Grades are NOT given for this course, although instructor feedback is given for all submitted assignments.
TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
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