Welcome to the

SALISH SEA SPLASH

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Even just a glimpse beneath the surface reveals a bewildering wildlife and geologic wonderland and ample opportunity for earth, physical, and biological investigation. We are offering this shorter option to explore the Salish Sea in response to teachers who want to get their students’ toes wet in place-based science, but may not have room for a longer unit.

Like our full curriculum, it starts with wonder, follows the chapters of Explore the Salish Sea, A Nature Guide for Kids, and ends with sharing discoveries with the community, all in alignment with science standards. Unlike our full curriculum, here the students take the helm and teach one another, learning a whole lot in the process, while you are the guide on the side.

Fill in the form to the right to let us know you’re on board, then see below for all the resources you’ll need to jump in and make a splash!

  • Next Generation Science Standards, Grade 5 and Grades 6-8 are included with each game and activity

By downloading this curriculum, I agree to complete the educator surveys and pre- and post-assessments with my students.


 
 
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SPLASH UNIT PLAN

Click here for the Teacher Guide to Salish Sea Splash

 
 
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STUDENT JOURNAL

Here is a student journal to guide and organize student learning and teaching. It is in MS Word, so feel free to modify to suit your needs. Download and print the journal in Booklet layout on 8.5 x 14” paper.

 
 
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SLIDESHOWS

This slideshow includes introductory slides for the teacher and slides students may choose from to present their chapter.

 

 
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PRE-ASSESSMENT

Administer this short quiz to students before they begin the unit or see the accompanying book. Compare scores to their post-assessment to measure student growth over the unit.

 
 
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WONDER

Give your students a visual or sensory experience that provides a chance to wonder at the Salish Sea or a particular aspect of it. This may be a hands-on outdoor activity or an in-class presentation or video. Click here for .

 
 
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ESSENTIAL QUESTION

After inspiring wonder, it is time to give a Salish Sea Splash Student Journal to each student. Let them get acquainted with it then turn to Journal p. 3 and read the Introduction, Welcome to the Salish Sea. Develop an essential question around what is most important in this chapter.

 
 
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PEER PRESENTATION PREP

STUDENTS ONLY! This is your spot to shop for one game and one activity to teach your peers. After you click, find your chapter, and select from the options there. All of them require you to print and/or gather materials to play, so plan ahead.

 
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SS HERO PROJECT

Chapter 8 suggests that there are ways we can help wildlife and their ecosystems in the Salish Sea through stewardship or research projects. What could your class do? Click below for some ideas to get your ideas swimming.

Conway School students investigate whether beach restoration is actually helping forage fish eggs to survive.

Conway School students investigate whether beach restoration is actually helping forage fish eggs to survive.

 
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SCIENTIFIC PROCESS SUPPORT.

Follow the arrows in this interactive diagram to track your adventures in scientific inquiry. Follow the link in the second button to on the page to the website, hosted by UC Berkely’s Museum of Paleontology

 
 
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COMMUNICATE

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POST ASSESSMENT

Once students have experienced lessons, games, and activities from every chapter of Explore the Salish Sea, and conducted a stewardship or research project, administer this post-assessment to measure student growth.