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TIDES CURRICULUM
What is TIDES?
Students exploring the inter-tidal zone.
Students exploring the intertidal zone.
 
TIDES is a draft curriculum developed by the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve to assist middle school (grades 6-8) students and teachers in the investigation and discovery of estuaries and their connection to watersheds and the ocean. TIDES consists of this Activity Guide, the "Tide of the Heron" video and study guide, a set of Estuary Study images and videos, the "Estuaries Study Feature Series" articles and study guide, and other Internet resources. Through the use of these resources, we encourage classes to explore the rich and diverse estuaries of Oregon and Northern California (the lower Columbian bio-geographic region) and to understand the importance of these extremely productive and highly impacted ecosystems.

Intent and Design of the TIDES Curriculum
The TIDES curriculum consists of 14 distinct units to assist middle school (grades 6-8) students and teachers in the investigation and discovery of estuaries and their connection to watersheds and the ocean. Components consist of an Activity Guide, Explorer kits, Estuary study backpacks, and a variety of background resources.
 
The TIDES curriculum is designed to encourage classes to explore the rich and diverse estuaries of Oregon and Northern California (the lower Columbian bio-geographic region), to understand the importance of these extremely productive and highly impacted ecosystems, and to share their findings with South Slough and their community.

Classroom-based Activities
Activity 1 - Welcome to the Richest Place on Earth
(introduction to South Slough NERR & estuaries)
Activity 2 - An introduction to the "Tide of the Heron"
Activity 3 - Estuary Connections - Watersheds to the Ocean
Activity 5 - Physical Environments - Life in the Waters of Productivity and Change
Activity 6 - Estuary Survival - Life in the Waters of Productivity and Change 
 

Field & Lab Study Activities
Activity 8 - Preparation for a Field Experience (equipment, planning, etiquette, tides, etc.)
Activity 9 - Mapping Watersheds, Habitat & Uses of the Coast (aerial photos)
Activity 14 - Protect, Conserve & Restore - A Connection to your Community

Professional Review of the TIDES Curriculum
Instructions for review
This review constitutes the first time that professional educators have been asked to provide feedback on the TIDES curriculum in a formal, written fashion. Information from this formative evaluation will be used to improve the activities, address gaps, make corrections, and create a curriculum that can be practically field tested and further refined. The goal of this project is to develop a set of activities and resources that is useful to and used by classroom teachers and their students to further their understanding of estuaries and related coastal environments.
 
Thank you for your willingness to review and comment on the new TIDES curriculum being developed by South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. The development of this project has been a long and slow process! However, we are finally beginning to put some ideas into practice that have been needed to address various opportunities and challenges presented by the current educational environment.
 
TIDES Review Cover Sheet
 
 
TIDES Review Sheets