Coach Lemons- Aquatic Science
Email: [email protected]
Course Description: Aquatic Science is an upper level, yearlong science course. The students will study a
variety of topics such as: components of aquatic ecosystem; relationships among aquatic habitats and
ecosystems; roles of cycles within an aquatic environment; adaptations of organisms; changes within aquatic
environments; geological phenomena and fluid dynamics effects; and origin and use of water in watershed.
Course Goals: The student will gain an overall understanding of aquatic ecosystems including freshwater and
saltwater ecosystems and the flora and fauna found in them. They will also learn about the geological
formations that form the Earth’s oceans and rivers, and the effect these bodies of water have on weather.
Students will also acquire the necessary skills, responsibilities and knowledge to be good stewards of
freshwater and marine environments.
Course Sequence:
Unit # & Topic(s)
# of 50
Min.
Sessions
Aquatic Science
TEKS/SEs
UNIT 1: Introduction to Water
*Aq. 1A,B
14
1st 9
Weeks
9
1st 9
Weeks
*Aq. 2A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J
1. Introduction to Aquatic
Science
2. The Water Cycle
3. Properties of Water
4. Water Resources
5. Water distribution
Nine
Weeks
*Aq. 3A,B,C,D,E,F
Aq. 4A,B,C
Aq. 6A,B
Aq. 8A,B,C
Aq. 10A,B,C
UNIT 2: Water Chemistry
Aq. 1A,B
Aq. 2A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
pH
Water Hardness
Dissolved Gases
Plant Nutrients
Turbidity
Stream Flow
Aq. 3A,B,C,D,E,F
Aq. 4A,B,C
Aq. 5A,B,C,D
Aq. 6A,B
Aq. 7A,B,C
Aq. 8A,B,C
Aq. 10A,B,C
UNIT 3: Aquatic Ecosystems
1. Groundwater
2. Streams and Rivers
3. Lakes and Ponds
4. Wetlands
5. Bays and Estuaries
Aq. 1A,B
23
Aq. 2A,E,F,G,H,I,J
1st & 2nd
9 Weeks
Aq. 3A,B,E
Aq. 4A,B
Aq. 5A,B,C,D
Aq. 7A,B,C
Aq. 9A,C
Aq. 10A,B
Aq. 11A,B
Aq. 12A,B,C,D
UNIT 4: Physical Oceanography
1. Properties of Sea Water
2. Comparison of Oceans
3. Sea Floor Features
4. Waves
5. Tides
6. Currents
Aq. 1A,B
Aq. 2A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J
Aq. 3A,B,C,D,E,F
Aq. 4A,B,C
Aq. 5A,B,C,D
Aq. 6A,B
Aq. 9A,B,C
23
2nd 9
Weeks
Unit # & Topic(s)
Aquatic Science
TEKS/SEs
UNIT 5: Aquatic Ecology and
Classification
1. Introduction to Ecology
2. Rocky Shore and Intertidal
Communities
3. Coral Reef Communities
4. Classification and
Identification of Species
Aq. 1A,B
# of 50
Min.
Sessions
Nine
Weeks
19
3rd 9
Weeks
23
3rd & 4th
9 Weeks
28
4th 9
Weeks
Aq. 2A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J
Aq. 3A,B,C,D,E,F
Aq. 7A,B,C
Aq. 10A,B,C
Aq. 11A,B
UNIT 6a: Aquatic Organisms
1. Biology Basics Review
2. Plankton
3. Porifera & Cnidaria
4. Mollusca & Annellida
5. Echinodermata & Crustacea
Aq. 1A,B
Aq. 2A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J
Aq. 3A,B,C,D,E,F
Aq. 4A,B,C
Aq. 5A,B,C,D
Aq. 6A,B
Aq. 7A,B,C
Aq. 11A,B
UNIT 6b: Aquatic Organisms
6. Fish (Osteichthyes &
Chondrichthyes)
7. Marine Reptiles
8. Aquatic Birds
9. Aquatic Mammals
10.Aquatic Plants
Aq. 1A,B
Aq. 2A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J
Aq. 3A,B,C,D,E,F
Aq. 4A,B,C
Aq. 5A,B,C,D
Aq. 6A,B
Aq. 7A,B,C
Aq. 11A,B
UNIT 7: Humans and the Sea
1. Resources
2. Human Impacts
3. Oceans and Human Affairs
Aq. 1A,B
Aq. 2A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J
15
4th 9
Weeks
Aq. 3A,B,C,D,E,F
Aq. 4A,B,C
Aq. 5A,B,C,D
Aq. 6A,B
Aq. 7A,B,C
Aq. 8A,B,C
Aq. 9A,B,C
Aq. 10A,B,C
Aq. 12A,B,C,D,E
* Objectives 1, 2, and 3 should be taught throughout the
academic school year in every unit.
Homework
1. Students are encouraged to complete all written and reading assignments throughout the term. Please
devote enough time to learn your material.
2. Late work is accepted according to school policy but MUST be done before the unit test.
3. Tutorials are available most days of the week by one of the Aquatic Science teachers. A tutoring
schedule will be listed on my website, posted in class, and can be scheduled in advance with me.
4. Students and parents are expected to access & check grades online through the district website
www.scuc.txed.net on Parent Connection.
Absences
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Make-up assignments and notes are the responsibility of the student-notes, powerpoints, & most
assignments can be downloaded from my webpage under the appropriate unit tab.
All assignments missed must be turned in according to district grading guidelines.
If a student misses a quiz, the student will take the quiz the next school day provided that no new
material was covered during the absence.
If you miss a lab, you may be given an alternate assignment covering the same material or be required
to come in during tutorials to complete the actual lab.
Testing & Quizzes
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If a student misses a test, the student will take the test on the next school day provided that no new
material was covered during the absence. If student was absent more than one day, the student must
make arrangements with the teacher in order to make-up the test ASAP.
Retests are available per district guidelines. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a retest time if
necessary.
Retests and makeup tests must be completed within a one week time period of the original test.
If a student fails a quiz, the student must retake the quiz on the next school day in order to keep up with
the course material.
Student Expectations:
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1) Students are expected to actively participate and engage in class discussions regarding
the topic that is being covered. This includes the examining/dissecting of preserved and live
specimens in the lab.
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2) Students are expected to act in a way that is appropriate and indicative of responsible,
mature adults.
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3) It is the responsibility of the student to ask for and complete any make up work in the
event of an absence. This may require staying after school.
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4) It is expected that all students complete their own work to the best of their ability; any
form of cheating and/or plagiarism is strictly prohibited.