My seventh-grade students are incredibly inquisitive, driven, and caring. They originate from a variety of ethnic backgrounds that include Hawaiian, Tongan, Samoan, Filipino, and Marshallese to name a few. Their diversity brings unique perspectives to our classroom. Our school is a Title I school which means a significant portion of our students live near or in poverty. But our keiki (kids) don't let that get in the way of their education. They come to school eager to work together to advance themselves in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education and gain valuable 21st-century skills.
We will forge new ways of learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
We will use the book Kupe and the Corals to make personal and cultural connections to the coral reefs that surround us and learn more about the Native Hawaiian culture and language. I chose Kupe and the Corals because it is about a Native Hawaiian boy who observes corals spawning while fishing and begins the inquiry process by meeting with local scientists and elders (kupuna) to understand the coral reef ecosystems that we rely on.
Imagine reading about a boy your age who sees corals spawn for the first time one night while fishing and how he used his curiosity to drive his learning.
I aim at utilizing this book in order to show students the inquiry process that is essential to becoming a great scientist or marine biologist #ISeeMe.
After reading the book we will create a model of a coral reef and use the thermochromatic paint/powder to show the effects of global climate change on our coral reef ecosystems. When the paint reaches a higher temperature it become clear and "bleaches" like corals do when the water gets too warm.
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