Implementation Plans
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General Information:
One of the goals of the SSWIMS program is to have teachers create and implement a marine related teaching unit. This unit may last a few days, a semester, or perhaps even a year in length. Engaging, grade level appropriate, and standards-based, the unit should cover a marine related theme or set of themes. You may chose to create a lesson on your own or you may find it useful and appropriate to team up with someone in your school or district. For a helpful worksheet that may serve as a guide through the process of building the lesson, click here.
Examples of some lesson plans:
In an effort to provide you with guidance, we have uploaded the following lesson plans. Each plan is written by a classroom teacher. The lessons are ready to use and all appropiate standards are identified. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files. If you do not have the free reader, click here to download the latest free version from Adobe.
Grade Level
Author(s) & Description/Download
Ecology by Kurt Stenzel, Lomita Math/Science Magnet, LAUSD (Click here to download)
  A 4 week lesson plan covering the basics of ecology.
Exploring the Deep Sea by Evangelina Cervantes, Corona Avenue School, LAUSD (Click here to download)
  Download this 10 day unit on the deeps seas. The unit uses materials from the highly successful FOR SEA CD.
Salmon by Jane Kramer, Liberty Blvd. Elementary, LAUSD (Click here to download)
This 15 lesson unit focuses on the life of the salmon. Students will examine both salmon habitats (freshwater and salt water), the life cycle of the salmon, and how hmans have impacted salmon reproduction and population. In addition, students will investigate the role of salmon in the lives of native people from the Pacific Northwest.
Island Ecology by Chris Kramer & Steve Narin, LAUSD (Click here to download)
Steve and Chris worked together to develop this month-long interdisciplinary and thematic science-based unit devoted to island ecology. Learn how an island can serve as a microcosm for our world.
Water on Earth, Oceans, Plankton by Nobue Marilou Okano, Baldwin Hills Gifted Magnet, LAUSD (Click here to download)
Marilou created a year-long overview teaching plan focused on the intertidal zone with an emphasis on patterning. She uses the For Sea unit, "Pagoo" as her main resource for activities. Marilou provides an easy to use list of materials, equipment, resources, extension and assessment ideas needed for the unit. After the overview she includes an in-depth look at the first unit, "Water on Earth, Oceans, Plankton" with specific activities and objectives for each activity. She explores how this unit supports interdisciplinary study with language arts, math and social studies.
Surface Survey by Kristine Nogawa-Ross, Carnegie Middle School, LAUSD (Click here to download)
Kristine provides an outline for an intergrated unit on plate tectonics and the ocean.
Beach Studies, Discovering the Sea Floor, Waves-Tides-Currents-Beaches, Chemical Oceanography, and Marine Biology by Julie Ramey, Nobel Middle School, LAUSD (Click here to download)
  A plan that divides the full year into five sections: Beach Studies, Discovering the Sea Floor, Waves-Tides-Currents-Beaches, Chemical Oceanography, and Marine Biology.
Coral Reef Ecology by Frank Baele, Crossroads High School (Click here to download)
  Frank teaches biology at Crossroads High School. His teaching plan focuses on coral reef ecology.
Curriculum for a Marine Science Elective by Jeff McGarvey and Shelly Thompson, Torrance High School, Torrance School District (Click here to download)
Jeff and Shelly developed a new course outline which Torrance Unified School District accepted and implemented based on this teaching/ implementation plan. The course is primarily based on the Fluid Earth/ Living Ocean textbook series from the University of Hawaii and For Sea Curriculum. Course outline includes training and cost breakdown.
Myrna Estrada and Marissa Hipol, Garfield High School, L.A. Unified School District (Click here to download)
Prior to SSWIMS, the professional development program Leadership in Marine Science (LIMS) provided teachers the same high quality marine science training with a leadership component. As California had not yet developed its own set of content area standards, LIMS teachers correlated their plans to the National and Los Angeles Unified School District science content standards. Myrna and Marissa provide activities aligned to Chapter headings with student learning objectives. Activities include references and alternative choices should reteaching or enrichment be needed. Under assessment they clearly demonstrate the distinction between a culminating activity and individual formal assessment.

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