“Sound & Source provides an excellent and unique learning opportunity for our region’s students. I am not aware of another program that gives students in this age group the opportunity to design and lead their own multiple-day research expeditions and projects—and then present their findings and recommendations to an audience that includes both their peers and science professionals. Your program’s alignment with national and state learning standards helps ensure that it will increase student’s academic performance.”- Chris McKay, High School Teacher

Salish programs were founded upon the results of years of research, including surveys of teachers in our region.  We found that teachers identified hands-on, inquiry based science experiences as a true educational need. In our innovative programs, Salish educators employ Inquiry Based Learning as a key strategy in teaching science and satisfying Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and Ocean Literacy Standards. We have a history of listening and evolving to meet teacher and students needs.

Over the past 15 years, we have adapted to new and emerging educational trends and standards. Washington State now requires Common Core and Environmental and Sustainability Education. In addition, Next Generation Science Standards will be shaping how students learn science.

Rubric of standards alignment

Salish Sea Expeditions SOUND Program Standards Alignment Middle School
Lesson Plans Student “I Can Statements” Common Core State Standard Next Generation Science Standards Ocean Literacy Principals
  Learning Targets English Math    
Classroom visit #1 9 6-8.RST.1 6.RP.A.3 MS-ETS1-1 1
10 6-8.RST.9 6.RP.A.4 MS-LS2-3 2
    7.SP.1-4 MS-LS2-4 4
Classroom Visit #2 4 6-8.RST.7 7.RP.A.2 MS-LS2-2 6
8 6-8.RST.8 7.RP.A.2.D   7
Research Expedition 5 6-8.RST.7 6.RP.A.3 MS-ETS1-3 1
6 6-8.RST.1 7.G.B.6 MS-ETS1-4 4
7 6-8.RST.2 7.EE.B.3 MS-ESS2-3 5
8 6-8.WHST.2 7.EE.B.4 MS-ESS2-3 6
  6-8.WHST.2A 8.F.A.1 MS-LS2-4  
  8.SL.4 8.F.B.4 MS-LS2-5  
  8.SL.5 8.GA.1A    
Classroom Visit #3 8 8.SL.4 6.RP.A.3 MS-LS2-3 1
9 8.SL.5 6.EE.C.9   5
10 6-8.RST.9      

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July 3

Salish Sea Expeditions - Making Connections

Engaging middle and high school students in experiential learning develops connections between future stewards and the Puget Sound marine environment. Watch the video.