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Marine Biology for Homeschool
Oceans, Ocean Life, Tidepools, and Aquariums = Great Marine Biology Unit Study
Looking for some help in starting a study of marine biology with your children? Wanting to learn more about tide pools? Looking for help with lesson plans? Not sure where to do or where to get started?
I am going to pull together the resources and materials that I found planning our study of marine biology. My boys are in high school but much of the information is absolutely appropriate for younger students. I invite you to read more about how families can learn about marine life together.
With a little effort, you can make a study of marine biology a fun and exciting family activity.
Marine Biology - General Plan
We are using Apologia Marine Biology as our basic textbook this year with our high school age boys. If your children are younger, you could use Apologia's Exploring Creation: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day.
As a supplement we are using the Marine Biology Coloring Book for our notebooks.
We are going to take several field trips to aquariums and tidepools over the course of the year. We are hoping to go whale watching as well.
Tidepooling is a great family activity!
With a little preparation, exploring tidepools can be a great hook for additional study. Once we observed something in its natural setting, our boys were eager to identify it and learn more.
Tide Pool Sea Star
High School Level Marine Biology
Wonderful Book for West Coast Marine Life! - Must have for your backpack.
I was introduced to this book when we were tidepooling at a state park. The naturalist had this in her back pocket and we used it exclusively to identify all the seashore life we found. Great variety and wonderful illustrations.
Interesting Marine Biology Blog Entries - See what other homeschool families are including in their studies
- Low Tide Oregon Coast - Our Tidepool Experiences and Images
We had a week with lots of opportunity for tidepooling. Here are some of the creatures and plants we observed.
- Oregon Coast Tidepools - Extra Low Tide
We were able to explore the Oregon coast tidepools again this summer. New creatures were found!
- How to Take a Great Photo of a Tidepool
I love this entry! Great tips and photos to give this photographer some ideas for better photos.
- Tide Pool Etiquette
This entry includes lots of great information for beginning tidepoolers.
- School for Us' Trip to San Diego
Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Park....great field trip for this family all the way from Texas.
- Marine Biology Lapbook Ideas
View this families marine biology lapbook.
- Free Lapbook Components
PDF lapbook prinatables. Free!
- Starting The New Year Off Right: Tidepooling
Southern California family takes a trip to the tidepools.
- Tidepooling with Kids
Excellent practical tips for tidepooling with kids.
Californians and Oregonians: You are not far from a great experience!
This is a fun trivia filled book that we read through together as a family.
Great Aquariums to Visit on the Pacific Coast - Some Links to Get You Started
Need to increase some interest in your study of marine life? A well-prepared field trip can always build interest.
I always try to check out the aquarium's website before visiting and read the links they provide under the education category.
- Oregon Coast Aquarium
We visited this museum just a few weeks ago and it was fantastic! The aquarium displays are gorgeous...a mixture of art and natural beauty. I printed out the field trip packet and we all completed the pages as we visited the aquarium. The best part
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
This is the premier aquarium on the California coast. We love the setting and the layout of this aquarium. The "backstage" programs are well worth the effort of planning ahead.
- Aquarium of the Pacific
This aquarium comes highly recommended by many of my friends and relatives. I have not visited it yet but I plan to before the school year is over.
Other Field Trip ideas
Video of the Oregon Coast Aquarium
Introduction to the Aquarium of the Pacific
Marine Biology Videos
Marine Biology Notebooking Pages
Nature Study Pages We Used A Lot During Our Study
In addition check out these free notebooking pages from Apologia Science. They may be what you are looking for to complete a journal to go along with your studies. Links below.
- Notebooking Pages
Lots of pages to choose from for your notebook.