Oceanography: Session 1 of 2

Oceanography: Session 1 of 2


About this course

This is Part 1 of a 2 part full year oceanography series. Part 2 will be offered in the spring semester. There is NO prerequiste for this class, however we will be working with data and statistics in this class, so completion of prealgebra is recommended. It is also helpful if students have completed an Earth Science course. If you plan on taking the full year of Marine Zoology, you can take either course first- one does not build on the other. Oceanography is a higher level class than Marine Zoology.


Recommended Ages: 12-17

Levels: This class is offered in 2 levels. Level 1 is for younger students. Level 2 is for older students, or younger students who want more of a challenge.

Start Date: September 6, 2022. Class consists of 12 lesson plans. Students have 3 weeks after the last lesson is posted to complete the course. No live classes — do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.

Price: $240

Space Available: 20% full

If you have a student aged 12-17 that has an interest in the ocean, this is the class for them! My degree is in Marine Biology (from Texas A&M University at Galveston), and this is the only full year homeschool oceanography course that is taught by a degreed marine biologist! This will not be a “fluff” class, or an “overview”- it is an intensive, science heavy class where students will focus on the four branches of oceanography- biological, physical, geological and chemical. There will be a slight emphasis in tropical oceanography, as I will be filming videos and doing labs from the Caribbean Sea.

Because my full year marine zoology course focuses solely on marine animals, the biological oceanography portion of this class will focus primarily on ecosystems and life from bacteria to plants. The marine zoology course and oceanography course do NOT build on each other, so you can take either one first. However, the oceanography course does cover more advanced material, and completion of prealgebra is recommended.

As you may know, I moved to Panama in late 2020. I have 13 acres of jungle and Caribbean oceanfront that I plan to transform into an educational center for biodiversity. I am hoping to be ready for my first in person workshop in April/May of 2022! It will be created specifically for students who have completed this oceanography course, allowing them to get hands on and put their knowledge to the test in the field! More information about this will be available in January 2022. For more information on this project, please watch this video.

This is an academically advanced class. Younger students 12-14 should usually be placed in Level 1. Students age 15 and up, or younger students who want more of a challenge, should be placed in Level 2. Level 2 students will have more in depth homework.

LESSON PLANS: This is a 12 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 discuss their lessons and have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, 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: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.

TIME: In general, expect 1.5-2 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).

We will have labs in this course. However, all labs are OPTIONAL. I will film labs for students who don’t have the materials to do them in person. This course will be in development during the school year, but I will get you a material list at least a few weeks in advance of each lesson plan being posted.


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