Curricula that have emerged from EMI's teaching and research projects.



Sampling the Sea Curriculum

Project Overview

The social media activities in the Sampling the Sea curriculum were designed to work on the ePals LearningSpace platform. However, this is no longer an ePals offering.  So if you'd like to try out this free great curriculum for your courses, you might want to adapt some of the social media exercises. We hope these materials are useful for you and your students.

Sampling the Sea engages middle and high school students in classrooms around the world in monitoring, analyzing, and sharing information about the declining global fish population that, in its implications for humans and the ecosystem, dwarfs other food issues in our time. Sampling the Sea uses multi-disciplinary teams of students, scientists, and new media experts, partnering with ePals and Google Earth, to engage the next generation of consumers in a global dialogue on the interrelationships among local human customs, regulatory laws, fishing practices, wildlife management, and the future of the sea.

Why use this set of lessons?

The Sampling the Sea curriculum has been constructed to include five interrelated units, ranging from basic Ocean Ecology to Fisheries Management. The Navigation Menu (on the left) lets you find and choose the lessons. The individual lessons are hands-on and can be used either in sequence or individually. The student activities are designed to be compelling to students and flexible enough to be used with a range of age groups. They are aligned with the National Science Education Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles. Sampling the Sea uses a multi-disciplinary approach that teams students with scientists and new media experts.

By "sampling the sea," students can participate in research, contribute knowledge, compare results with other
classrooms and foster a global discussion of how the oceans are changing, how choices drive those changes, and possible solutions.

All Sampling the Sea lessons include a teacher guide with presentation materials and suggestions; student readings and activities; social media opportunities to connect and share with other students; student recording sheets, and teacher answer keys.

Key questions addressed by this curriulum include:

What are the components of a healthy ocean ecosystem?
What is the life cycle of ocean animals?
What are common fishing practices and their impacts on ocean life?
What is a fishery?
How are fisheries being managed today?
How is fish marketed and sold to consumers?
How can humans reduce the impacts of fishing?