Weird & Wacky Ocean Organisms


    “The ocean is full of truly weird and wacky organisms! Sometimes, the weirdest organisms are ones that are rarely mentioned in books and documentaries. Let’s learn about them!”
    ~ Prof. Emma Stein


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    Octopus in Shells for the Weird & Wacky Ocean Organisms course at Athena's
    InstructorProf. Emma Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 3-4 • Elementary
    Grades 5-6 • Upper Elementary
    Course Length8 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnTBD

    Are you ready to meet some weird & wacky ocean organisms? There are remarkable and super strange sea creatures under the surface of the ocean. You might not even believe that some of them exist!

    From glowing organisms to deep-sea Venus flytrap animals, we’ll explore the wide variety of weird, wacky, and wonderful ocean creatures! Along the way, we’ll learn about why in the world they are so weird–and how their weirdness has led to a successful species!

    Let’s be amazed at the strangest ocean organisms together!

    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:

    • One forum where students synthesize and expand upon the information they learned in the webinar.
    • One forum where students use their creativity to complete a related activity.

    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:

    • Scientific thought skills.
    • Knowledge of a variety of marine taxonomic groups.
    • Knowledge of organisms that live in different zones of the ocean.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 3rd-grade level or above.
    • Write a sentence 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:

    • No required books or materials