Natural History of Marine Mammals

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Students gain an understanding of how to classify and identify various species of cetaceans and pinnipeds. They discover the migration routes of gray whales, they're feeding and breeding behaviors as well as interesting and fun facts about these friendly whales.

Overview & Course Topics

Marine mammals VSC lab is an exciting course where students journey with our marine science instructors to get up close and personal with whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Students gain an understanding of how to classify and identify various species of cetaceans and pinnipeds. Through observation and lectures students learn about the natural history of local marine mammal species. They discover the migration routes of gray whales, their feeding and breeding behaviors as well as interesting and fun facts about these friendly whales. Discussion regarding Marine Mammal conservation issues imparts information students can do from home to help with efforts to save whales and dolphins.

Learning Outcomes

completing this lab you should be able to:

  • Explain the characteristics of the two main types of whales and how to identify various species of cetaceans
  • Understand and identify different types of pinnipeds and explain the characteristics which distinguish them from one another
  • Communicate the natural history of numerous species of marine mammals
  • Develop one or more theories about specific marine mammals
  • Institute solutions to mitigate the threats on specific endangered cetaceans
  • Understand conservation efforts regarding marine mammals

Grades: 6th to 8th

Curriculum Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science & Engineering Practices & Crosscutting Concepts

Disciplinary Core Ideas: All Below are MS Standards

LS1.A.2: Organisms reproduce, either sexually or asexually, and transfer their genetic information to their offspring.

LS1.B.1: Animals engage in characteristic behaviors that increase the odds of reproduction.

LS2.A.1: Organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors.

LS2.A.2: In any ecosystem, organisms and populations with similar requirements for food, water, oxygen, or other resources may compete with each other for limited resources, access to which consequently constrains their growth and reproduction.

LS2.A.3: Growth of organisms and population increases are limited by access to resources.

LS2.A.4: Similarly, predatory interactions may reduce the number of organisms or eliminate whole populations of organisms. Mutually beneficial interactions, in contrast, may become so interdependent that each organism requires the other for survival. Although the species involved in these competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial interactions vary across ecosystems, the patterns of interactions of organisms with their environments, both living and nonliving, are shared.

LS2.C.1: Ecosystems are dynamic in nature; their characteristics can vary over time. Disruptions to any physical or biological component of an ecosystem can lead to shifts in all its populations.

LS2.C.2: Biodiversity describes the variety of species found in Earth’s terrestrial and oceanic ecosystems. The completeness or integrity of an ecosystem’s biodiversity is often used as a measure of its health.

ETS1.B.1: There are systematic processes for evaluating solutions with respect to how well they meet the criteria and constraints of a problem.

ETS1.B.5: Sometimes parts of different solutions can be combined to create a solution that is better than any of its predecessors.

ETS1.C.2: The iterative process of testing the most promising solutions and modifying what is proposed on the basis of the test results leads to greater refinement and ultimately to an optimal solution.

ESS2.D.1: Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

MS-LS2.1:   Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2.4: Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

MS-LS2.5: Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

MS-ETS1.1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1.2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS1.3: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

ETS1.B.1: There are systematic processes for evaluating solutions with respect to how well they meet the criteria and constraints of a problem.

ETS1.B.3: A solution needs to be tested, and then modified on the basis of the test results in order to improve it. There are systematic processes for evaluating solutions with respect to how well they meet criteria and constraints of a problem.

CCCS..ELA-Literacy.RST6.8-3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

CCCS..ELA-Literacy.RST6.8-1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.             

Science & Engineering Practices

1 A-C ASKING QUESTIONS AND DEFINING PROBLEMS

2 G DEVELOPING AND USING MODELS

3 C,D PLANNING AND CARRYING OUT INVESTIGATION

  1. A,B, D, F, G, H ANALYZING AND INTERPRETING DATA
  2. A-F CONSTRUCTING EXPLANATIONS AND DESIGNING SOLUTIONS
  3. D,E OBTAINING, EVALUATING, AND COMMUNICATING INFORMATION

Crosscutting Concepts

PATTERNS

Patterns can be used to identify cause and effect relationships

Graphs, charts and images can be used to identify patterns in data

CAUSE AND AFFECT

Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.

INFLUENCE OF ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE ON SOCIETY AND THE NATURAL WORLD

All human activity draws on natural resources and has both short and long term consequences, positive as well as negative, for the health of people and the natural environment.

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Additional Details

  • Beginner
  • 50 Minutes
  • 10 points
  • April 27, 2020 7:28 am
Course Curriculum

3 Lessons / 0 Quizes
Intro To Marine Mammals And Journey To See Pennipeds 50 points 18m
Cetaceans And Journey To Baja To Pet Grey Whales! 50 points 16m
Ocean Conservation And Journey To See Dolphins 50 points 19m
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