Marine Biology - Schoolhouse Teachers

Marine Biology

Length: 30 weeks
Includes: Videos, slideshows, and both online and printable resources
Age/Grade: 6th – 12th grades

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How to Use This Course

Marine Biology introduces students to the diverse and incredible world of marine life through videos, slideshows, research projects, online resources, and downloadable materials. From the very small to the very large, students meet creatures that boggle the mind and defy imagination.

Course Introduction

This class is made up of five units:

Unit One: Introduction to Oceanography, Marine Plants, and Invertebrates

This unit provides an introduction to basic oceanographic principles and marine plant and invertebrate biology. Students will study marine physics, chemistry, plants such as algae, and invertebrates such as corals and jellyfish. Research and project ideas are suggested.

Unit Two: Dramatic Sea Creatures

We live in a time wherein deep sea exploration has reached new “depths” of discovery like no other time in history! Organizations like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Monterey Bay Research Institute (MBARI) are using cutting edge technologies to plumb the abyss and are bringing us the latest habitat and sea creature discoveries never seen before! Come on a learning journey and study bazaar-yet-amazing deep sea creatures, some of them recently discovered and some of them old!

Unit Three: Jellies, Mollusks, and Whales of the World

This unit provides an introduction to the zoology of the jellies (comb and box) and mollusks with one lesson about whales of the world. Research and project ideas are suggested.

Unit Four: Invertebrates and Fish

This unit provides an introduction to the zoology marine fish and invertebrates such as sea spiders, crabs, and starfish. Research and project ideas are suggested.

Unit Five: Cephalopods, Marine Turtles, Snakes, and Mammals

This unit provides an introduction to the zoology of the cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and chambered nautilus), marine snakes, turtles, and mammals. Research and project ideas are suggested.

Videos, slideshows, and both online and printable resources.

Unit One: Introduction to Oceanography, Marine Plants, and Invertebrates

  • Lesson 1: Oceans Intro – Introduction to world oceans
  • Lesson 2: Oceanography I – The Coriolis effect, oceanic zones
  • Lesson 3: Marine Algae I – A study of marine algae including blue-green, green, and red algae
  • Lesson 4: Sponges & Coral – Cnidarians (Anemones, Coral, and Jellyfish)
  • Lesson 5: Cnidarians (Anemones, Coral and Jellyfish)
  • Lesson 6: Cnidarians (Anemones, Coral, Sea Pens, and Jellyfish)

Unit Two: Dramatic Sea Creatures

  • Lesson 1: Deep Sea Communities
  • Lesson 2: Deep Sea Fish I: Anglerfish, Fangtooth, Sloane’s Viperfish, and Snailfish
  • Lesson 3: Deep Sea Cephalopods: Dumbo Octopus, Vampire Squid, and Giant Squid
  • Lesson 4: Deep Sea Echinoderms: Sea Pigs, Brisingid Starfish, and Crinoids
  • Lesson 5: Deep Sea Shark: Megamouth, Goblin, and Frilled Sharks
  • Lesson 6: Deep Sea Crustaceans and Sponges: Giant Isopod, Japanese Spider, and Yeti crabs; Sponges: Harp Sponge & Venus’ Flower Basket

Unit Three: Jellies, Mollusks, and Whales of the World

  • Lesson 1: Comb Jellies and Intro to Marine Worms
  • Lesson 2: Mollusks I: Tusk & Aplacaphorans
  • Lesson 3: Mollusks II: The Chiton
  • Lesson 4: Mollusks III: The Bivalves
  • Lesson 5: Mollusks IV: Gastropods
  • Lesson 6: Marine Mammals: Whales of the World

Unit Four: Invertebrates and Fish

  • Lesson 1: Arthropods Intro
  • Lesson 2: Sea Spiders
  • Lesson 3: Crustaceans
  • Lesson 4: Echinoderms: Starfish, Urchins, Sand Dollars, and Sea Biscuits
  • Lesson 5: Marine Fish I: Focus on Aquarium and Coral Reef Fish
  • Lesson 6: Coral Reef Fish: Angelfish, Triggerfish, the Whitetip Reef Shark, and more

Unit Five: Cephalopods, Marine Turtles, Snakes, and Mammals

  • Lesson 1: Cephalopods I: Intro to Octopus, Cuttlefish, Squid, and Nautilus
  • Lesson 2: Cephalopods II: The Cuttlefish
  • Lesson 3: Cephalopods III: The Octopus and Squid
  • Lesson 4: Marine Turtles
  • Lesson 5: Marine Reptiles: Sea Snakes
  • Lesson 6: Marine Mammals: Dolphins

NeS lessons, class work, and live class hours can potentially be applied as credit to any high school math and science curriculum you are currently using. Class work includes viewing recorded lessons in their entirety, completing the study guides, doing the Quizlets (if provided), and viewing all content given per lesson (web pages, downloads, and videos). Credit hours can also include student completion of multiple short projects or one lengthy project per class. Student project and activity ideas are usually available per lesson.

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