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Dive Deep! Calling All Marine Biologists to Be! – Monday – Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 – 20 Weeks – Grades 5-8

Monday, September 11 2023 @ 1:00PM Monday, March 18 2024 @ 2:30PM EDT


Sarah Pope

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5 – 8

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1:00PM – 2:30PM (ET)


Fall 2023 and Winter 2024


Monday, September 11 2023 @ 1:00PM EDT
Monday, March 18 2024 @ 2:30PM EDT
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Virtual (Jigsaw/Canvas)
+1 203 741 8570
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If you love the creatures of the sea, then you will love this class!  This is an introductory course for students that are interested in understanding the Marine environment. We will explore all marine organisms from the shores to the trenches.  As well as cover marine habitats, their physical and behavioral characteristics, and adaptation they have to live in their marine environment.  So if you’re crazy about coral or love lobsters, then sign up for Dive Deep! Calling All Marine Biologists to Be!

This is an interactive, hands on class. Students will be required to read, take notes, make and apply concepts discussed in class with unit projects. Each unit project allows students to dive deep in to their understanding of marine ecology, animal adaptations, marine invertebrates and marine vertebrates. 

Life in the marine environment can be both familiar and other worldly. The goal for this class is to acquaint you with the organisms that call the ocean home. From microscopic plankton to giant blue whales, you will learn all about these amazing creatures. 

Student will be required to complete 2-3 hours of homework outside of the weekly classes. Most assignments can be printed and uploaded for grading.

NOTE: This class must reach the minimum of five students by August 20th to run. If we do not reach this minimum, parents will be notified via email.

Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 12 reviews)

Review of Big Blue: Oceanography

Rated 5 out of 5

Ms. Sarah is one awesome teacher! She is super flexible with due dates, and is really engaging with her class!

Sarah Malek

Engaging and Fun

Rated 5 out of 5

My daughter took Astronomy with Mrs. Pope. She learned so much and enjoyed the end of year project.

Amanda Galeotti

Fantastic Class!

Rated 5 out of 5

My son loves the Forensics class taught by Ms. Sarah. He is fully engaged in the class and has learning so much from it. He enjoys the hands on activities and “solving” the mysteries/crimes. It is great to see him get excited about a class. Ms. Sarah is truly a great teacher. She is super easy to talk to and loves receiving questions. She has an energy that is just wonderful for this age!

Kim, West Virginia

Dive right into this!

Rated 5 out of 5

This was the first interactive online class our daughter took with Mrs. Pope and she wound up hooked! She was ready for class early every week and was even upset when a “vacation day” happened because she so wanted to be in class.

The most memorable piece was how this class was able to be taught anywhere. On dissection day, our family had an emergency and one of my friends offered to allow my daughter to bring all of her dissection materials to her home so the class wouldn’t be missed. Her three sons heard about what was being dissected and observed the class and started asking questions themselves. It’s amazing how one’s love of a class can become contagious! Thank you, OTA, for making classes be taught anywhere!

C. T, Connecticut

So – that is where they live!

Rated 5 out of 5

After taking the Dig Deep Marine Biology course, my daughter wanted to take more ocean related classes.. She was so thrilled to find out she could take Big Blue with Mrs. Pope. Mrs. Pope continued to do a wonderful job providing hands on projects that expanded her knowledge and love more marine biology life. If you have a child who is interested in how the ocean works or wants to get into a marine field, this class is great to take!

Dorothy M.. Maine

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