School Estuary Kits

School Estuary Kits

The Puget Sound Estuarium is excited to pilot twenty estuary themed kits for grades 6th-8th starting Fall 2018. All kits include enough materials for a group of 30 students and the content is designed for age appropriate learning. The School Estuary Kits support current educational standards (Next Generation Science Standards, STEM Literacy and Estuary Principles & Concepts).

Estuary Kit Descriptions:

Discovering Estuaries

This kit is a great introduction to the topic of estuaries. With the help of a map activity, students will learn how to identify estuaries, relate to the Puget Sound ecosystem and learn how important estuaries on a local and global scale.

Total number of kits available: 4

Learning Goals/Objectives

  • Students will learn what an estuary is.
  • Students will be able to explain what kind of estuary the Puget Sound is.
  • Students will identify estuaries by observing geography.
  • Students will explain the specific conditions within an estuarine habitat which foster marine life.
  • Students will identify themselves as a part of the Puget Sound.

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

MS – ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

  • Science and Engineering Practices – Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas – ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  • Crosscutting Concepts – Patterns

Understanding Estuaries

This kit provides the opportunity for students to become familiar with some abiotic factors affecting our Puget Sound. Activities include reading and graphing data from tide tables, a density experiment and creating their own salinity readers (hydrometers).

Total number of kits available: 4

Learning Goals/Objectives

  • Students will investigate different salinities of solutions while using a hydrometer.
  • Students will read, graph, analyze and interpret data from a tide table.
  • Students will construct and use a water density flow model.
  • Students will understand why the Puget Sound is so productive.

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

MS – PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

  • Science and Engineering Practices – Analyzing and Interpreting Data.
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas – PS2. B. Types of Interactions
  • Crosscutting Concepts – Cause and Effect, Patterns & Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

MS – ESS2 Earth’s Systems

  • Science and Engineering Practices – Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas – ESS2.C The Role of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes.
  • Crosscutting

 

Exploring Estuary Life/Beach Field Investigation

This 2 in 1 kit covers Puget Sound marine organisms, how they are classified and how to collect data on the biodiversity of the Puget Sound Intertidal Zone which includes both a classroom and field component.

Total number of kits available: 4 Estuary Life & 4 Beach Field Investigation

Learning Goals/Objectives

  • Student will define biodiversity as it relates to estuary ecosystems.
  • Students will understand the basic concepts of adaptation.
  • Students will explain how scientists classify animals into different phyla.
  • Students will distinguish characteristics between common phyla found in estuarine ecosystems.

Beach Field Investigation:

Learning Goals/Objectives

  • Students will understand the process of collecting scientific data.
  • Students will follow protocols and procedures to collect unbiased data.
  • Students will be introduced to data sampling techniques.
  • Using data collected, students will be able to answer questions about diversity in an ecosystem.
  • Students will identify species within a habitat.

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

MS – LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • Science and Engineering Practices – Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas – LS2. A. Interdepend Relationships in Ecosystems & LS2. C. Ecosystems Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience.
  • Crosscutting Concepts – Cause and Effect & Stability and Change

To supplement your Beach Field Investigation, schedule a FREE 90 min Beach Field Trip with the Puget Sound Estuarium. Offer valid until June 15th, 2019. To schedule your FREE Beach Field Trip, complete the Field Trip Inquiry Form HERE and return to the Education Coordinator at Education@SSEAcenter.org.


 

Investigating Human Impacts

This kit allows students to become familiar with how their actions can affect the health of our estuary and how they can be part of the solution. Topic of discussion include burning of fossil fuels, ocean acidification, toxins and climate change.

Total number of kits available: 4

Learning Goals/Objectives

  • Students will begin to understand what fossil fuels and how they contribute to a changing climate.
  • Students will begin to understand what pH is and how the pH of the ocean is affected by CO2 that is absorbed into the ocean from the atmosphere.
  • Students will begin to understand that ocean acidification is a change in the ocean’s chemistry and human activities contribute to this problem.
  • Students will examine how toxins move up the food web and explore ways to minimize their contributions of toxins to the environment.
  • Students will learn that the climate change occurring now is caused by CO2 added to the atmosphere by human industry.

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

MS – LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • Science and Engineering Practices – Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas – LS2. A. Interdepend Relationships in Ecosystems
  • Crosscutting Concepts – Cause and Effect & Patterns

 MS – ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

  • Science and Engineering Practices – Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas – ESS3.A: Natural Resources & ESS3.D: Global Climate Change
  • Crosscutting Concepts – Cause and Effect, Patterns & Stability and Change

Logistics:

  • Inquiry forms must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to your desired check-out date.
  • Kits may be checked out for a period of 3 weeks.
  • All kits are to be checked out and returned by appointment at our Puget Sound Estuarium location in downtown Olympia.
  • All kits include enough materials for a group of 30 students.
  • Please read the Terms and Conditions on the Inquiry Form for more information on our Kit Policies and Procedures.

If interested in using our School Estuary Kits, complete the Inquiry Form HERE  and return to the Education Coordinator at Education@sseacenter.org.