Current Morning Lesson Block: Marine Biology

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Marine Biology - Course Description

Friday, August 22, 2014

This block begins with a brief overview of the marine invertebrates in preparation for a week in Maine, where the students are able to meet the flora and fauna of the North Atlantic coast first-hand. They learn to navigate seaweed-covered rocks in the process of exploring life-filled tide-pools; they wade through--and in the process become covered with--thick mud in search of soft-shelled clams; they paint land and seascapes; they learn about dune ecology and the genesis of beach forms; and not the least of all, they investigate the tiny details of several ocean dwellers with the help of microscopes.  This wonderfully rich exploration into marine biology is followed by classroom work on vertebrate animals after we return to Chicago. Practicing a form of comparative morphology, we discuss and compare fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and several characteristic groups of the mammals. Our block ends with a consideration of the unique nature of the human being.

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