Welcome Teachers! Thank you for inviting Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum into your classroom. If we are working in your school directly, find the complete set of materials that you will need below. Download and print.  Find the PowerPoints and videos for select exercises linked on the right.

Please prepare your students for our visits by showing the videos and asking students to complete the pre-lab and post-lab activities in their Science Notebooks.

If you would like to look at our lesson plans here is our curriculum guide.

The notebook is included in its entirety below, however, we have provided the option to print it in chapters below and in the column to the right. 

Please print these materials:

Students will need to use our website to complete their science notebook. This can be done during computer or library time. Teachers are encouraged to choose from additional tie-in activities such as artwork, games and additional videos on this website, to enhance the materials.

If you are interested in using our curriculum independently, you may choose to download the individual chapters and exercises on the right per the needs of your classroom.

*Blaine 5th Grade Teachers please use some of the following mini lessons during the time between the OA lesson and the field trip.

  • Salish Sea Challenge Discussion - pg 4

  • Shellfish in Time & Place (computer activity) pg 19

  • Exploring shellfish issues (computer activity) pg 28

  • Coastal communities blog (computer activity) pg 29

  • Oyster Art pg 29

  • 3 games kits will be provided for teachers to share (Notebook Chapter 6)

  • Dissolving Shells Classroom Experiment (use with Shell Building slideshow)

Blaine Elementary School Modified Curriculum


Student Worksheets

Other teacher resources:


Teacher Preparation

1. stewardship

Introduction to practicing environmental stewardship. Please watch introductory video and engage students in discussion about the ways they can be a steward and prevent water pollution.

Water Pollution Video (Teacher Responsibility) 

Notebook Chapter 1


Please have your students prepare for our 1st presentation by watching this video and completing the Pre-lab activities in the Science Notebook.

Notebook Chapter 2

Video: Intertidal Biome (Teacher Responsibility) 



Part One

Intro PowerPoint

Notebook Chapter 3 Part 1

Map: Shellfish Around the World (Teachers please show after introduction)

Video: Shellfish Filter Water (Teachers please show after introduction)

Video: Time Lapse of Clam Filtration (Teachers please show after introduction)

Part Two

Notebook Chapter 3 Part 2

4. OCEAN Acidification

Videos: The Other CO2 Problem and Ocean Acidification

- Teacher Responsibility before GSSC presentation

OA Slideshow 

Notebook Chapter 4

Extended Activity: Dissolving Shells Classroom Experiment (use with Shell Building slideshow)

5. FIELD Inquiry

Clam ID Powerpoint 

Clam ID Lesson

Notebook Chapter 5

6. Games

Notebook Chapter 6

Spat Tag Outdoor Game

Games Kit Guide

Wrap Up & Reflection

Teacher Responsibility

Salish Sea Steward Certificate


Coastal Communities Blog

Extended Activities includes: