Oceanic Exploration Camp
Oceanic Exploration Camp takes students on a journey from the tropics to the poles, from the great river deltas to the Mariana Trench. Build an arctic food web. Simulate adaptation in coral reefs. Bring the California sea otter back from the brink of extinction. Track great white sharks across the open ocean.
Why is there so much variety? What makes one ocean ecosystem different from another? Hands-on activities help students to discover the physical and geological systems that underpin all ocean life: density, buoyancy, heat transfer, plate tectonics, and the water cycle. Think it can't be done in 12 days? Just try it. We dare you.
Digital Download for Oceanic Exploration Camp only $129.00!Grades: 4-6 Students: Up to 30 Contact Hours: 12+
- Curriculum and materials for 12 sessions. Sessions each include 1 hour of activities and can be combined as needed to accommodate a variety of time blocks.
- Spiral Bound Instructor manual
- All printed materials to be used by students (no copying necessary!)
- Tools for documenting observations and data
- Materials for modeling the water cycle, the sea floor, food chains, volcanoes, tectonic plates and more
- Collaboration and discussion tips
- Lesson extensions for differentiation
- Summer camps
- Elementary classrooms
- After-school programs
- Homeschool environments
- Half hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
- One hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
- Additional training available for purchase
- Rubbermaid tub, 10 gal - 1
- 100 mL plastic graduated cylinder - 6
- 3x5 Index Card - 100
- Baking soda (8 oz) - 1
- Clay (1 lb) - 7
- Colored pencils (pack of 12) - 6
- Dice - 30
- Dry erase markers - 36
- Dry erase page pockets - 31
- Electric tea kettle - 1
- Food coloring (pack of 4) - 1
- Inflatable beach ball globe - 1
- Pencil sharpeners - 6
- Plastic bins (6 qt) - 6
- Plastic pipettes - 32
- Salt (1 lb) - 1
- Scissors pointed end (5in) - 15
- Feather - 1
- Sponge - 1
- Masking tape (60 yds) - 1
- Vinegar (1 qt) - 1
- Oceanic Exploration Instructor Manual
- Complete printed set of all student handouts
Digital curriculum download comes with Instructor’s Manual only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.
- Ocean Geography
- The Water Cycle
- Deltas and Density
- Buoyancy and Adaptation
- Surface Temperature and Plankton
- The Arctic and the Food Chain
- Coral Reefs and Adaptation
- Underwater Volcanoes
- Deep Sea Trenches
- The Kelp Forest, Overfishing and Extinction
- The Kelp Forest, Science Research and Saving the Sea Otter
- Tracking the Great White Shark
Each Activity Guide Includes:
- Aligned STEM Topics, National Standards, 21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind
- Materials List
- Schedule of Activities
- Topic Background Information & Vocabulary
- Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
- Opening & Closing Discussion Questions
- Extension Activities
Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS 3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSS 3-5-ETS1-3 Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
NGSS 4-ESS1-1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils to support an explanation for changes in the landscape over time.
NGSS 4-ESS2-1 Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
NGSS 4-ESS2-2 Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
NGSS 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
NGSS 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
NGSS 5-ESS2-2 Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various resources to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
NGSS 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
NGSS 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
NGSS 5-PS1-1 Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
NGSS 5-PS1-4 Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.
NGSS MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSS MS-ESS2-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.
NGSS MS-ESS2-3 Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.
NGSS MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
NGSS MS-ESS2-6 Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
NGSS MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
NGSS MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy in and out of organisms.
NGSS MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
NGSS MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
NGSS MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
NGSS MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
NGSS MS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
NGSS MS-LS4-6 Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.
NGSS MS-PS1-4 Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
Common Core State Standards
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.A.2 Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.3 Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.6 Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.1 Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
21st Century Skills
- Communication and Collaboration
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Flexibility and Adaptability
- Information, Media, and Technology Literacy
- Leadership and Responsibility
- Productivity and Accountability
- Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
Habits of Mind
- Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
- Creating, Imagining, Innovating
- Gathering Data through All Senses
- Managing Impulsivity
- Questioning and Posing Problems
- Responding with Wonderment and Awe
- Striving for Accuracy
- Thinking about Thinking (Metacognition)
- Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
- Thinking Flexibly
- Thinking Interdependently
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