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Unformatted text preview: Unit Seven SSWIMS presents Squid Project Oceanography Spring 2001 106 Unit VII Science Standards with Integrative Marine Science-SSWIMS On the cutting edge This program is brought to you by SSWIMS, a thematic, interdisciplinary teacher training program based on the California State Science Content Standards. SSWIMS is a program provided by the University of California at Los Angeles in collaboration with Los Angeles County school districts including the Los Angeles Unified School District. This program is funded by a major grant from the National Science Foundation. Squid Lesson Objectives: Teachers will provide students access to an integrated physics/biology unit on squid aligned with the National and California State Content Standards. SSWIMS Overview The SSWIMS program at the UCLA Marine Science Center is designed to help educators increase their effectiveness by presenting interesting, relevant, content-based materials to students. The SSWIMS program is based on the premise that the science disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and earth and space sciences are inter-related. These disciplines can be understood and appreciated more when taught in an integrative standards-based curriculum. This curriculum uses the marine environment as its unifying theme. Squid as an Appropriate Standards Topic The materials for the following program have been provided by the SSWIMS staff and participants. This is not a complete set of activities but rather excerpts from a larger unit designed to give educators an idea of what can be accomplished using squid. By using the materials in this packet teachers can provided students access to numerous content standards (national or state). Through this approach, students learn in a variety of situations, having fun at the same time. Squid were used in this program for several reasons. First, students know little about squid. Students are excited about Unit Seven SSWIMS presents Squid Project Oceanography Spring 2001 107 learning that involves living organisms and this allows teachers to cover material more quickly and effectively. Second, animals like squid provide opportunities for teachers to introduce students to various content strands along a common theme. These activities involve students in active discovery that promotes cooperative learning while meeting the different learning levels of students within a given classroom. Third, squid have become a major food fishery. Understanding the human impact and uses of squid helps students respect the bounty the ocean offers. Standards Alignment The power of standards- based instruction is that teachers ask themselves, before beginning this instruction , What can the student produce that demonstrates meeting a standard, and how will that product or performance be assessed? Teachers plan units by selecting the standard(s), designing a student product or performance, establishing the assessment for that product or performance, sharing the...
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