Ocean Science Sequence Workshop Held - 04.20.2011
COSEE OCEAN’s efforts to implement an ocean education curriculum in an urban school district are underway. In late March, seven Boston Public School teachers met with a curriculum developer from Lawrence Hall of Science’s Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) to explore the ocean through the Ocean Science Sequence (OSS) for grades 3-5. Each of the three units addresses a different question about the ocean:
• Unit 1: What kind of place is the ocean?
• Unit 2: What is life like in the ocean?
• Unit 3: How are humans and the ocean interconnected?
This spring, two teachers will pilot each unit, and one teacher will pilot all three units. The teachers will meet regularly to discuss successes and challenges, and will provide important feedback on how to integrate the OSS into the existing curriculum. The feedback from this spring will help direct efforts to implement the curriculum more broadly in the Boston and Milton public school districts in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years.
Concurrent with the introduction of the OSS material this spring, COSEE OCEAN will also be reviewing the curriculum and talking with the piloting teachers to identify opportunities for developing and incorporating videos from scientists to enhance existing materials.
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