Oceanarium Odyssey: Introduction to Marine Biology


    “I appreciated Prof. Emma’s extensive knowledge of the topic, as well as her approachability and enthusiasm. I thought [the assignments] were appropriate for the level, easily adapted for each student, and took a reasonable amount of time and thought to complete. I was pleasantly surprised by this course, as it was my daughter’s first synchronous online class. I felt it was a good use of our time.
    ~ Parent E.K.

    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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    Anemone underwater - Oceanarium Odyssey
    InstructorProf. Emma Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 3-4 • Elementary
    Grades 5-6 • Upper Elementary
    Grades 6-7 • Middle School
    Course Length16 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnWednesdays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM Pacific - 8/14/24 - 12/13/24

    Do you know what lives in the ocean? What lives in in a tide pool, or in the deep sea? What can we learn about these creatures? Let’s explore marine biology together!

    This course is based on the brilliant book Oceanarium: Welcome to the Museum, which presents students with scientifically accurate text and illustrations that help bring marine biology to life! Throughout our course, we’ll explore sharks, whales, octopuses, anemones, and more! We’ll also emphasize several different ecosystems, including coral reefs and kelp forests.

    This course serves as an introduction to marine biology that shares fascinating organisms and actual science with students! 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 higher-level thinking in courses like Marine Biology at Athena’s, In-Depth Marine Biology at Athena’s, and beyond!

    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:

    • Early investigative-based scientific thought.
    • Awareness of marine organisms & ecosystems, including general vocabulary.
    • Researching using general Internet sources.
    • General scientific literacy and understanding.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 4th-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:

    • Highly suggested supplemental text:
      • Oceanarium: Welcome to the Museum by Loveday Trinick
      • ISBN-10: 1536223816