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Lesson Summaries 2017-08-16T16:35:53+00:00

Objectives:

  • Use the scientific method to make predictions and answer questions about the natural environment
  • Understand that different creatures have different environmental requirements, seeing the connection between abiotic and biotic components of the ecosystem
  • Understand where the bay’s water comes from and some anthropogenic and natural factors that affect its composition
  • Learn about three common bay animals

Central Challenge:

Become scientists and figure out whether three important bay species would thrive in the water on which we are sailing. This requires us to discover the sources and properties of the water around us.

Objectives:

  • Experience being a crewmember: steer, serve as lookout, handle sails as appropriate
  • Follow directions carefully and seriously
  • See the bay as an active body of water—environmentally and culturally—to which they are connected

Central Challenge:

Become the crew of the ship!

Objectives:

  • Know about the people and vessels that traveled the waters of San Francisco Bay, as well as where and why they did so
  • Explore pictures and artifacts relating to boat travel on the Bay
  • Compare different eras of San Francisco’s maritime past

Central Challenge:

Become archaeologists who have discovered artifacts and drawings found on a San Francisco shoreline. Students must decipher which objects came from a Miwok Indian, which came from a Spanish explorer of the colonial period, and which came from a Chinese immigrant arriving in San Francisco in the early 1900s.

Objectives:

  • Connect with the Bay in a physical and intellectual way
  • Use oceanography tools to learn about and test important aspects of the Bay
  • Participate in the scientific method

Central Challenge:

Conduct a scientific experiment and test a certain aspect of the Bay.

Objectives:

  • Understand the definition of plankton and its role in the global and local ecosystem
  • Observe several different types of plankton found in San Francisco Bay
  • Understand how their lives relate to and depend upon plankton

Central Challenge:

Students must catch and examine plankton from San Francisco Bay to help to understand its importance.

Objectives:

  • Understand how various forces acting on the boat combine to result in the boat’s movement
  • Understand how sails form pressure gradients to move the boat
  • Understand the basic concept of work, and how mechanical advantage makes it easier
  • Use mechanical advantage to accomplish otherwise difficult physical tasks

Central Challenge:

Figure out how sailors are able to take into account the multitude of forces acting on the boat to make the boat go where they want.

Objectives:

  • Learn to read a navigational chart
  • Orient themselves on the Bay including where they came from, where they are, and what is around them
  • Use coastal piloting techniques and simple mathematics to fix their position and complete other basic navigational exercises

Central Challenge:

Students must figure out their location on a nautical chart.

Objectives:

Learn about and relate to the lives of contemporary and historic sailors
Learn what sea shanties are and how sailors used them
Work together to create their own shanty representing their experience

Central Challenge:

Students must imagine what life would be like for them living onboard a sailboat and must create a sea shanty about their time on Seaward.

Objectives:

  • Understand what microplastics are, and how they are affecting marine organisms and the marine environment
  • Identify types of marine debris, and learn how long it actually takes for common items to decompose
  • Learn that consumer choices have impacts on people and organisms that are thousands of miles away

Central Challenge:

Students will determine types of marine debris and microplastics, and focus on ways that their choices will affect this global issue.