K-12 Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements
Salish program activities are aligned with many K-12 Washington State Science and Sustainability Standards, as well as Essential Academic Learning Requirements. Each program is custom designed to fit your needs.
Navigation/Charting – Students are involved with learning the parts of a chart and how to use nautical charts to plot our course (Geo 1.1)
Exploration and Discussion of Puget Sound – Students learn the natural history of Puget Sound and study current events to guide their original research project construction (Science 3.2; Geo 3.1-3.3; Reading 1.1, 1.2, 2.2)
Equipment Deployment and Sample Analysis – Following written and oral instructions, (Reading 3.1, 3.2) students will execute the steps necessary to correctly complete the task. As samples are collected, students will analyze them to explore how they fit into their research project (Science 1.1-1.3; Math 4.1, 4.2)
Data Recording – Students write quantitative data and observational notes during their and their classmates’ research process (Writing 2.2). Students may calculate mass or volume of samples (Math 1.1, 1.2) and use test results to extrapolate final results (Math 1.4).
Journal Writing – Many students will keep journals recording their expedition in addition to their scientific recording, which allows them a different style of writing for a different audience (Writing 2.1-2.3).
Research Project – A large portion of the expedition will be focused on the students’ designed research project. In order for this to be effective, students must listen carefully to each other, instructors, and staff (Comm 1.1, 1.2). Students will employ the Scientific Method (Science 2.1, 2.2, 3.1; Math 3.1-3.3) for their research project and the steps will guide their process (Math 4.1).
Peer Education – Students will be involved in the “Each-one-Teach-one” method of peer education. After receiving relevant information and instructions from staff about equipment and procedures, students will need to communicate these directions and requirements to their classmates (Comm 2.2, 2.3, 3.1)
Sail Crew Participation – With the assistance of Salish Sea Expeditions’ staff, students will raise sails, tend sheets, haul in lines, take the helm, and become a safe member of the sailing crew (Health & Fit 1.2, 4.1).
Post-Trip Presentation – Using data collected, experiences recorded, research compiled and artifacts obtained, students will create a presentation about their expedition (Writing 3). This may be in the form of a newsletter or journal article (Writing 2.1, 3.1-3.5), an oral presentation (Comm2.1; Arts 2.2), a poster (Art 2.1, 3.2), a web page (Reading 1.5), or other method (Math 4.3).
Group Process – Throughout the trip, all students will be working as a team to create their research project, construct their trip, execute their project, prepare their selected meals (Health & Fit 1.1), and live for 3-5 days in a confined space together (Comm 3.2, 3.3) with a finite amount of resources (Econ)