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Oregon Institute of Marine Biology K-6 Curriculum


Found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology K-6 Curriculum comprises hands-on, inquiry-based lessons on six ocean habitats and aquariums for K-6, though many lessons are adaptable for other grades. Resources are links to additional offsite curricula, photo and video libraries, and marine careers information. NOTE: The curriculum and resources were developed for the southern Oregon coast, so they will require changes, especially for inland classrooms.

The Curricula progress through habitats by grade:

  • Kindergarten students learn about Ponds. In Metamorphosis: Frog Life Cycle, ( PDF, 359 KB, 3 pgs) students learn about and observe physical changes during tadpole development. A cut-and-paste activity is included. They can also study insect shelter building and feeding behaviors in Pond Bugs: Caddis Flies & More. (PDF , 678 KB, 5 pgs) The description of giant water bug feeding and follow-up activity are gross enough to delight the most jaded kindergartener.
  • Third grade examines Wetlands. In the Water Cycle Game, (PDF , 83.3 KB, 2 pg) students simulate how water takes different pathways and spends varying lengths of time during the water cycle. The Incredible Journey provides FREE labels for the required nine dice and other resources to play the water cycle game.
  • Sixth grade looks at Islands: how they form and the plants and animals that colonize them. In the unit Cell Biology & Island Biogeography, (PDF , 259 KB, 12 pgs) students use microscopes to examine cells and learn how new species diverge from a common ancestor by accumulating adaptations during isolation from other populations.
  • Aquariums is a professional development resource as well as a student one. The tutorial explains aquarium set-up and maintenance and steps for maintaining a saltwater aquarium. For some classrooms, freshwater may be the best option. The link for getting an Oregon Scientific Taking Permit is dead. Here is an active link. Each state probably has its own. Buying commercially raised specimens at an aquarium supply store is a nature-friendly alternative.

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