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Ocean Oasis: Teacher's Guide
This site, from the San Diego Natural History Museum, contains a group of thirteen classroom activities, based on the film entitled Ocean Oasis. These science activities offer an interdisciplinary approach, involving language arts, mathematics, and history/social studies, as well as science knowledge and skills. They may be used individually, with or without viewing the movie, or as an integrated unit, the film serving to enhance the classroom learning experience. Both the activities and the film explore Baja California, Mexico, and the Gulf of California region through several themes that have global, as well as local implications. Using this region as a case study, the activities also illustrate how geographical location and circulation of the atmosphere affect climate, how life forms adapt to their diverse habitats, and how human activities affect local ecosystems. A reading list is also provided.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lab activity
    • Case study
    • Lesson plan
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
Subject:
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Structural geology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2000 San Diego Natural History Museum. Field Guide and Teacher's Guide pages are under the copyright of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Individuals and nonprofit educational institutions may use information from these pages if credit is given to the San Diego Natural History Museum. If for a website, we request that you notify us and provide a link to our website where appropriate. Questions regarding these policies should be directed to copyright@oceanoasis.org. The Ocean Oasis website is intended as an educational resource. With the exception of photographs and film clips, permission is granted for personal and non-commercial educational use, provided that proper attribution is given as stated below. Permission to use photographs may be sought from the copyright owner. If a photograph's copyright is not specifically stated, it should be assumed to reside with the copyright given in the footer on each page. Ocean Oasis stills and film clips: Copyright held by CinemaCorp of the Californias.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-572
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Evolution and equilibrium
        • Form and function
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Characteristics of organisms
        • Organisms and environments
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
        • Objects in the sky
        • Properties of earth materials
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Changes in environments
        • Types of resources
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Evolution and equilibrium
        • Form and function
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
        • Population and ecosystems
        • Regulation and behavior
        • Structure and function in living systems
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Populations, resources, environments
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
  • National Geography Standards:
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Education Department San Diego Natural History Museum
http://www.sdnhm.org/index.html

Author: Soames Summerhays
Summerhays Films, Inc.

Contributor: Sempra Energy


Contributor: Walton Family Foundation