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New Middle School Curriculum!     

Middle School Curriculum
Click on the arrow to find a cool video about the Curriculum! This video comes with music.
The Estuaries 101 Middle School Curriculum is a new multi-media curriculum focused on the theme "Estuaries & You". It includes a series of online activities for middle school students that highlights our nation's "living laboratories", all 28 estuaries that make up NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve System. These new series of activities are built around real-world events, use scaffolding, visualization and analysis tools, promote problem solving interactions, and provide feedback and reflection opportunities. This Middle School Curriculum is a natural complement to the Estuaries 101 High School Curriculum, the NOAA Data in the Classroom Water Quality Module, and the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Exploration Curriculum.

Estuaries offer a wonderfully rich context for science education and inter-disciplinary learning. With this new Estuaries 101 Middle School Curriculum:

Students will:
  • Use various multimedia resources to explore and understand the role estuaries play in the lives of humans and other organisms.
  • Learn about real scientific research stories from among the 28 Reserves.
  • Query observational platforms throughout the 28 Research Reserves from their classroom or home.
Teachers will:
  • Use research questions to guide student problem-solving within the context of curriculum lessons
  • Participate in on-line web-seminars and Teachers on the Estuary trainings held at the various Research Reserves

Learn more about the pedagogy behind the design of this curriculum. Get to know our project developers.

Last Updated on: 06-01-2012


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