Marine Science Series


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Manatee Lagoon has teamed up with The Reef Institute to offer this free package of recordings of our educational series for fifth grade classes! The Marine Science Series – Recorded package features ten 20-30 minute engaging lessons aligned with Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, providing the opportunity for students to take a deep dive into marine science and understand how living organisms, such as manatees and coral reefs, are connected. The lessons are led by educators from Manatee Lagoon or The Reef Institute. While the series was designed to present one lesson per week over ten weeks, teachers may use the recorded lessons at their own pace and choosing. As an alternative, information about our live lesson series can be found here. The goal of the program is to educate students about the importance of marine conservation and inspire the next generation to preserve and protect the environment for future generations.

Dates: Ongoing open signup.
Audience: This program is designed for fifth grade students.
Cost: This series package, which includes video recordings of each lesson, is free with an option to make a donation to support The Reef Institute’s mission.
Registration: Complete registration at the link below. Once a complete registration is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation/receipt that will contain a link to a PDF that contains lesson plans and links to the video recordings of the lessons. Please note that to help us better assess the interest in this series, we ask that teachers sign up individually to use these resources and that the materials and links not be shared otherwise.
Topics: Below are the standards-based lessons that are included in the package of recorded lessons.

  • Lesson 1: What is Marine Science?
  • Lesson 2: What is a Hypothesis?
  • Lesson 3: Crustaceans
  • Lesson 4: Erosion
  • Lesson 5: Tidal Pools and What Lives in Them
  • Lesson 6: What is a Marine Ecosystem?
  • Lesson 7: What is Coral?
  • Lesson 8: How is it All Connected?
  • Lesson 9: Virtual Field Trip to The Reef Institute
  • Lesson 10: Virtual Field Trip to Manatee Lagoon

Register Here