Online Ocean Sciences Workshop

Attention California Teachers (Grades 7 and higher)- Self Paced online Training!

January 10th-February 13th, 2011


The goal of Signals of Spring — ACES [Animals in Curriculum-based Ecosystem Studies] is to improve environmental and ocean literacy and to capture the interest of your middle and high school students, grade 7 and higher. Students will learn science within the context of the ocean, with high-quality curriculum-based activities, as they use satellite data to develop authentic inquiry skills.

ACES is an important, necessary expansion of Signals of Spring, an award-winning, classroom-based curriculum program in its 10th year, where in addition to learning formal science concepts, students use Earth imagery to explain the movement of animals that are tracked by satellites. The ACES curriculum also introduces the environmental issues the animals face, and the environments of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS).

Additional ACES one-week modules each focus on a particular marine animal, with specific curricular activities relating to the animal and issues facing them. Students study aspects of the animal’s life history, conservation status, food web, and connections to ocean processes and remote sensing data. Modules include investigations of sea turtles, polar bears, albatrosses, and seals.

What Will Students Learn:

Selected topic areas in the curriculum include:

Life Science:

Cell Structures • Photosynthesis • Needs of Living Things • Food Webs • Biodiversity & Classification • Human Impacts on Environments • Conservation and Stewardship

Earth Science:

Water on Earth • Seasons • Landforms/Bathymetry • Density • Ocean Currents • Tides • Isolines • Air-Sea Interaction/Climate • Watersheds • Coriolis Effect • Climate Change

Science Process Skills:

Forming Research Questions & Hypotheses • Collecting & Organizing Data • Analyzing & Interpreting Data & Imagery • How to Research • Using Tools & Models • Measurement

What do I get?

  • Standards-based, comprehensive Signals of Spring ocean science and ACES investigations curriculum with assessments, rubrics, and concept maps
  • A way to incorporate technology as a tool to teach science

This online training course is done at your own pace.  You must complete approximately 8 hours of work during the open period (January 10th-February 13th) Activities will include watching videos, answering questions, and tracking ocean animals online!

Participants will receive ACES curriculum guide and accompanying posters and receive support throughout the school year to implement.

This training is only available to teachers in California at this time Please contact Meghan Marrero with any questions.

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