Tidepool Math!

March 31st, 2008 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

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MMS Pacific OCS Region: Tidepool Math

Age Range: 5-17

ClickSchooler MaryAnna discovered this website that offers FREE math lessons and activities for grades K-12 that are themed around ocean tidepools.

When you get to the website you can choose between a Tidepool Math Curriculum for Grades K-8 or High School.

  • K-8 – This curriculum provides lessons and exercises to help students become familiar with tidepool habitats. Students use math skills such as counting, estimation, and determining the mean, to learn how the intertidal environment constantly changes both physically and biologically.
  • High School – This curriculum is divided into three parts with lessons and exercises that use science and math to provide the student with increased awareness of the diversity of animals and plants in intertidal habitats. It helps students understand the differences between random, systematic and targeted sampling approaches as well as comparing estimates, counts, and means. Through the activities, students gain understanding of how to use simple statistical concepts and tools to analyze and study environmental data.

Both of the curriculums are offered through downloadable PDFs. The exercises refer to photos of tidepools and marine animals and plants that are provided for free on the website as well.

You can also download and print out colorful flash cards of marine animals and plants. Each card has a terrific illustration on the front, with scientific information and cool facts on the back – similar to what you’d find in a field guide.

While this curriculum is interesting and engaging all on its own – a trip to the beach or an aquarium with a tidepool exhibit would be a great way to enhance the learning.

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