Marine Biology  5th–6th Grade

Instructor: Kate Vandecar

  • Thursdays: 10:15 – 11:45 p.m.
  • Course duration: 2 semesters
  • Cost: $350/semester

During this year long courses students will have 30 minutes of lecture and 30 minutes of lab weekly. There will be eight cumulative tests at the end of each module. Students will be expected to assist with 5 marine dissections throughout the school year along with tracking of a marine mammal. At the end of the school year the class will be going on a field trip to Dana Point for a two hour Living Lab aboard a Marine vessel.

Topics covered in class: Ocean volume, Origins, Oceans and Continents, Plate Tectonics, Seafloor features, Classification of Marine Life, Photosynthetic Organisms, Marine Plankton and their habitat, Corals and Coral Reef Ecosystems, Introduction to Marine Ecology, Organization of Communities, Interactions of species, Consumers/Producers, Adaptations, Keystone Predators.

Charter students must use this book:

Marine Biology: An Introduction to Ocean …
Book by Amy Sauter Hill
Item #: 019437
ISBN: 9780825143236
Grades: 9-Adult

Option 2 (below) available for Non charter students

Apologia Marine Biology
ISBN-13: 978-1932012736
ISBN-10: 1932012737