In science, students are participating in The Great Ocean Rescue. The GOR is a “cooperative learning adventure.” Students are working as SeaWatch team members. Teams are called to duty as rescue missions are played on a laserdisc. Each student participates as a team player with a specific specialty: Geologist, Oceanographer, Marine Biologist or Environmental Scientist. Together, each team member brings valuable clues to their group to help solve complex problems.
Together we will protect the world's oceans!
**How does the GOR work?
The whole class views a transmission that describes the current mission.
Small groups of student “experts” meet to analyze the information from the transmission.
“Experts” then share their information with team members. (Jigsaw approach.)
Each group makes a recommendation and the whole class discusses, analyzes and debates the best possible source of the trouble spot.
When the trouble spot is located, experts will meet again to select tests to complete the mission.
On December 19, parents and other relatives were our guests as we worked to solve the Grief on the Reef Mission. We asked our guests to evaluate our process, participate in the discusssions and to consider the work we do. Since we are currently working off a "grant" we are now running low on funds. We asked guests to consider making donations to support our future missions. We were rewarded for our efforts with sizable donations!