Marine Biology – Year-long Course


    “I loved the webinars and the game at the end! I learned sooooo much! Emma is a great teacher and always makes class fun!”
    ~ Student V.A.

    Please note: Prof. Emma’s schedule is currently in flux. If this course’s time needs to be changed (possible, although unlikely), parents will be notified.



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    Several jellyfish for Marine Biology course at Athena's Advanced Academy
    InstructorProf. Emma Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Course Length32 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnMondays, 1:00 - 1:50 PM Pacific - 8/12/24 – 5/17/25

    Have you ever wondered about the creatures that live in the ocean? What lives in the ocean, and where? How do they interact with each other? What ecosystems do they form? We’ll find out in this year-long course!

    We’ll explore a myriad of topics: biological principles, algae, invertebrates, vertebrates, ecology, ecosystems…

    And, along the way, students will build their confidence in using scientific vocabulary, investigative-based scientific thought, sharing the findings of their research, and more! The skills students will develop will prepare them for college-level thinking in courses like In-Depth Marine Biology and beyond!

    Students will practice scientific thinking throughout the course in forums and activities designed to spark thought and creativity. Students will have the opportunity to share their research about specific species in optional presentations during webinars, allowing them to share knowledge in real-time and practice scientific communication.

    Students are invited to explore the material through an optional college textbook: Marine Biology by Castro and Huber. Most weeks will have associated page numbers from the book.

    For a list of scientific skills students will develop, see the What to Expect tab.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Two forum assignments where students are invited to create, research, and share.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
    • An activity at the end of the webinar.

    Scientific skills students will develop:

    • Investigative-based scientific thought.
    • Scientific communication.
    • Awareness of a wide variety of marine phyla & ecosystems, including general vocabulary.
    • Researching using general Internet sources.
    • General scientific literacy and understanding, including an understanding of current techniques and research.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 5th-grade level or above.
    • Write a few sentences independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • There is no required textbook for this course.
    • Supplemental text for students who wish to go deeper into the subject matter:
      • Marine Biology, 8th Edition by Castro and Huber. (The one with the scallop on the cover.) This is a high school/lower college text. It contains information appropriate for that level of study, including sexual/asexual reproduction, which will *not* be discussed in this course. Previous versions may also be used.