Cross-curricular and highly engaging unit that improves literacy and critical thinking skills. Created by teachers for teachers, this unit presents an example of a high school level unit that has been piloted in two high schools. Pilot classes involved four sophomore Biology classes of over thirty students each and four sophomore English/Language Arts classes of over thirty students each. Each class viewed videos and read articles from the list provided
over a period of several weeks culminating with the documentary “Fragile Waters” followed by an in- person presentation Q&A by the film’s producers, Rick Wood and Shari Macy. Teacher and student feedback was taken via surveys upon unit completion. These indicated the strong level of student interest in and engagement with the instructional material. In addition, teachers valued the emphasis on multimedia presentations involving videos, readings and expert speakers provided by YoOceans! educational coordinators.
This is not just a unit about whales. This unit uses the endangered southern resident killer whales as a "bridge" to discuss environmental and conservation issues with students such as climate change, food web collapse, ecosystem balance, native american people, fossil fuels and much more.You can expect high levels of student engagement and passionate classroom discussions. YoOceans! can also offer students the opportunity to guest blog for our website and advocacy opportunities.
This unit contains 3 weeks of material. Some educators have extended this unit for 6+ weeks.
Guest speakers will be provided on a case by case basis for qualified programs please contact YoOceans! for details.
Actual films of teachers engaged in unit instruction and examples of specific lessons can be found on the YoOceans! Youtube.com channel. These videos offer a well-rounded picture of what actually took place in class in the two schools as well as how teachers in the two subject areas were able to easily modify materials and/or add their own lesson ideas to fit their individual instructional goals.