MARE Teacher’s Guides to Marine Habitats: K–2
The MARE Teacher’s Guides to Marine Habitats provide an outstanding resource for engaging a whole school simultaneously in the study of a common theme—MARE offers extensive professional learning around using the curriculum this way.
The Guides address earth, physical and life sciences; language arts; environmental and social justice issues; art and music.
The Guides are designed for ALL learners. They incorporate research on learning and teaching throughout the curriculum promoting English language development along with complex understandings of science concepts. For an exemplar activity—see Apples and Ocean (5th grade). (PDF, 815kb)
This curriculum addresses the NGSS as well as Common Core State Standards for ELA and Math by having students explore real ponds, build, maintain, and investigate a desktop model pond in the classroom, research and share information about pond organisms, as well as engineer some solutions to environmental issues that may impact pond organisms occurring in their own schoolyard.
1st Grade–Life at the Seashore
This three-dimensional curriculum engages students in the science and engineering practices as they deepen their understanding of all the NGSS first-grade life science disciplinary core ideas. Students use patterns and structure and function to examine how living things survive at the seashore, and create a Field Trip Guide to share their understanding of the seashore with visitors coming to observe their classroom seashore.
2nd Grade–Sandy Beach
The curriculum is made up of both the MARE Teachers’ Guide to Sandy Beaches and GEMS On Sandy Shores, it includes themes of the rock cycle, invertebrates and marine mammal adaptations.