MARE Teacher’s Guides to Marine Habitats: K–5

MARE Teacher’s Guides to Marine Habitats: K–5

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)

  • Kindergarten–Ponds


    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…

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  • 1st Grade–Life at the Seashore

    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…

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  • 2nd Grade–Sandy Beach

    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.

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  • 3rd Grade–Wetlands

    3rd Grade–Wetlands

    This curriculum includes activities that investigate the relative densities of water, map organism foodweb connections, use data analysis to examine habitat resource use, and experimental design to learn more about animal adaptations.

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  • 4th Grade–Kelp Forest

    4th Grade–Kelp Forest

    Download the Kelp Forest Teacher Guide Now Gazing from shore at the gently swaying surface of a kelp forest canopy, it’s difficult to imagine the activity below. But from holdfast to blade this algal forest is home to bizarre invertebrates and fish of every imaginable color, size, and form. It’s also the unique home of…

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  • 5th Grade–Open Ocean

    5th Grade–Open Ocean

    This curriculum (MARE Teachers’ Guide to Open Ocean and GEMS Ocean Currents and Only One Ocean) includes activities for students to examine the causes and effects of connected ocean basins and ocean currents, make evidence-based explanations for animal adaptations, and work with real-data to design solutions for sustainable fisheries.

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