Marine Biology with Marji McIlvaine


Full year

Teacher:  Marji McIlvaine

Recommended Grade Level:  9-12

Day and Time:  Thursdays at 9 am ET

Prerequisites:  High school biology

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Class Description

Dive in deep! In marine biology, we explore a fascinating subject in some depth and the student has a chance to fall in love with the oceans God has created. We learn about the crucial role they play in sustaining life on our planet and begin to understand the intricate relationships involved.  Everywhere we look we see the Creator’s fingerprints: marine wildlife and habitats, marine creature anatomy, microscopic organisms, intertidal zones, coral reefs, deep ocean communities, etc.  Students will turn in a minimum of seven full lab reports as assignments on labs chosen by the teacher — some labs will be done at home with teacher direction. Other labs will be done virtually – students will have required lab reports on these labs also.  Importance will be placed on students understanding scientific inquiry, the scientific method, and the resulting science lab reports. The lab reports required cement the applied learning and help the students own and understand the material, as well as undergird the rigor of the teaching that illustrates achievement for college transcript material. The teaching will move beyond the textbook to video observations of undersea life, live camera feeds, independent research on various elements of Marine Biology, a semester project (video or alternative), and more. Students will need a headset microphone.



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