Welcome to the



note: Unit under construction

This unit is being developed using the lesson, game, and activity ideas generated at our SeaDoc Workshops by wonderful working groups of teachers, marine educators, Native Environmental Scientists, and Marine Scientists. The unit plan and slideshows will arrive soon, but all else is ready to put into action in class this fall. Check back for progress!

-Cheers, Mira

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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Click here for the Teacher Guide to Salish Sea Splash



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.



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




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.



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

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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.



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. Need a film to help get your topic across, click the SHORT FILMS button to select one.

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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 projects other students have done 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.



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



It is in the sharing of what you’ve done and learned that real change can happen. So communicate your explorations and findings in a fun and creative way! An art show, science symposium, a social media project, short film, or community presentation are all ways to get the word out that you’ve started to explore the Salish Sea. Together we can ensure the health of her wildlife and their ecosystems!



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.