In a previous blog, I explained that we broke up biology into three areas to cover evolutionary biology, marine biology, and genetics.  This blog contains the materials we used to cover called marine biology in a class I called “Marine Sciences with Lab.”  Due to the activities we did and the dissections my son performed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, it was appropriate to consider this a lab-based science class.  It should also be noted Ocean First Education offers high school level marine biology classes online or in-person if you live in locations near them.  We did their online classes and added additional resources and experiences.

Online Class:

  • Marine Science 101 by Ocean First Education
  • Ocean Literacy by Ocean First Education
  • The Truth About Sharks by Ocean First Education
  • Camouflage by Ocean First Education

Additional Videos Used:

  • Why Whales Do That? by Pacific Whale Foundation
  • Explore Coastal Louisiana by USGS Science for a Changing World
  • Bill Nye Oceanography by Disney
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy: Ocean Life by Disney
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy: Ocean Exploration by Disney
  • Planet Earth by Discovery Channel (5 DVD collection)
  • Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet by IMAX
  • Sharks 3D by IMAX
  • Ocean World by IMAX
  • Oceans: The Mystery of the Missing Plastic by Green Planet Films
  • Oceans by National Geographic
  • James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge by Millenium

Additional Books Used:

  • One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss
  • Horrible Geography: Odious Oceans by Anita Ganeri
  • Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns
  • Come to the Ocean’s Edge: The Nature Cycle Book by Laurence Pringle
  • Water by Gerry Bailey & Steve Way
  • Sea Transportation by Gerry Bailey
  • Way Down Deep: Strange Ocean Creatures by Patricia Demuth
  • Giant Squid: Mystery of the Deep by Jennifer Dussling
  • Historic Hurricanes by Learning Resources
  • The Official Texas Hurricane Guide by National Weather Service Houston/Galveston
  • Water and Your World by Waterworks Education Center & City of Houston Department of Public Works & Engineering
  • Oceans by World Book
  • Oceans: A Visual Guide by Stephen Hutchinson
  • Oceans: an Illustrated Reference by Derrick A. V. Stow
  • The Highest and the Lowest by Katie Marsico

Dissections at the Houston Museum of Natural Science:

  • Horseshoe crab
  • Squid
  • Sea urchin
  • Sea star
  • Frog

Museums Visited & Other Experiences:

  • Snorkeling at Maui
  • Snorkeling at Lanai
  • Ocean beach exploration: Texa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, New Zealand, and England.
  • Pacific Whale Foundation guided whale watching tour from Maui, including the use of a hydrophone
  • Atlantis Submarines Maui
  • Houston Aquarium
  • Sea Center Texas
  • Moody Gardens Aquarium
  • Houston Zoo Aquarium
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
  • Museum of Science
  • Maui Ocean Center
  • Cape Cod National Seashore (junior ranger badge earned)
  • Biscayne National Park (junior ranger badge earned)
  • Underwater Explorer (junior ranger badge earned)
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park