CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Kadagatan embraces a cultural-based environmental science education curriculum.  It incorporates Filipino culture, the Cebuano language, and Filipino core values in teaching about tropical marine ecology.  Its aim is to engage students in environmental stewardship and to inspire them to take action in sustaining the well-being of their environment.

This curriculum focuses on Filipinos and their intimate relationship with the sea, but the concepts covered in the lesson plans are universal. Through standards, inquiry-based lessons, and virtual activities, students will be taken on a journey into their past and into the present, beginning with the center-most region of the Philippines, the Visayas. From there, students will explore the country’s diverse and rich coastal communities and dive into the deep trenches of Philippine waters, all the while understanding the context and connections to our global environment.

Audience

Kadagatan targets upper elementary (Grades 4-6) and middle school (Grades 6-8), but the curriculum content and themes may apply to lower elementary or high school students. Teachers may spiral and adapt topics and concepts to their grade level and place.

 

Standards

The Kadagatan curriculum meets Hawaii’s Common Core Standards as well as the following professional standards in the field of science, social studies and environmental education focused on two age levels elementary (Grades 4-6) and middle (Grades 6-8):

• National Science Education Standards

• Benchmarks for Science Literacy, Project 2061

• North American Association of Environmental Education

• Hawaii Environmental Literacy Plan (HELP)

• National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Curriculum Standards

  

Modules-at-a-Glance

Kadagatan consists of three interactive learning modules. Within each of the module, teachers will be provided a background on Philippine history and culture, key concepts and pertinent terminology, lesson plans that connect students personally and globally to the topic, and resources. The first module lays out the geography of the land, coast, and sea as a vibrant eco-system community.   Students learn about how everything is connected, especially the importance of coral reefs to the fish and ecosystem.  The second module provides a historical and cultural context to understand the indigenous deep spiritual connection to the sea. In the final module, students are motivated to take action concerning stewardship of the tropical marine life, ocean, and the global environment.

Module

Lessons

Topics/

Concepts

Essential Questions

Standard

Values

Module 1

Atong Kadagatan, Our Ocean, Our Home

Lesson 1

Learning about our Oceans and its Resources

Lesson 2

My Ecosystem

Lesson 3

Investigating the Philippine Coastal Ecosystems

Lesson 4

Is my Ecosystem Healthy?  A Lesson on Biodiversity

Lesson 5

Discovering Philippine Coral Reef Ecosystems

Virtual Activites:

(A) Tubbataha Reef Memory Game

(B) Apo Island Reef Fishes:  Say My Name in Cebuano Language

(C) Jigsaw Puzzle Game 

Lesson 6

Sea Hunt: Corals and Kin in Philippine Waters

Virtual Activity:

Reef Fish Name Game

 

Lesson 1

Ocean, Sea, Environment

Lesson 2

Ecosystems,

Carrying Capacity, Habitat

Lesson 3

Coral Reefs, Mangroves, Beach ecosystems, Estuaries, Lagoons, Seagrass beds

Lesson 4

Biodiversity,

Pollution, Mutation, Indicator Species

Lesson 5

Corals, Coral Reefs, Polyps

Lesson 6

Theories on the use of colors and patterns in coral reef fishes

 

How can we create a   sustainable environment? (A) National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)

-Time, Continuity, Change

-Culture

-Individual Development, and Identity

-Science, Technology, and Society

(B) Hawaii Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

-English Language Arts

-Science and Technical Subjects

Home

 

 

 

Matinahuron (To be respectful)

of the

Kadagatan

(Seas/Ocean)

 

Bayanihan

(To work together as one community)

 

Paminaw

(To listen)

 

Panag’ambit

(To share)

Module 2

 Atong Kinabuhi,
Our Lives,
Lesson 1

Valuing our Roots

Lesson 2 
Spiritual World

Lesson 3 
Connecting our Stories

History, Beliefs & Practices, Values What can we learn from indigenous knowledge and practices?   (A) National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)

-Time, Continuity, Change

-Culture

-Individual Development, and Identity

-Science, Technology, and Society

Matinahuron (To be respectful)

for our katigulangan

(elders)

 

Paminaw 

(To listen),

Panag’ambit

(To share),

Kasilingan,

(Community/

neighbors)

 

(3)

Let’s take care of it! Atong Ampingan

Lesson 1.
Valuing Our OceanLesson 2.Caring for the Environment:

Coral Reefs in Danger

Lesson 3.

Coral Reefs in the News

Human Impacts on Coastal Environments, Advocacy How can we help protect our marine resources?

(A) National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)

-Time, Continuity, Change

-Culture

-Individual Development, and Identity

-Science, Technology, and Society

(B) Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

-English Language Arts

-Science and Technical Subjects

Home

ResourcesBooks on Philippine Marine EcologyReference Materials on the Philippines (Print & Digital Resources)

Filipino American Curriculum

1. IJeepney

2. Pinoy Teach

3.The Sistan C. Alhambra Filipino American Education Institute

On-line Filipino Children’s Books on Filipino Culture, Art, and the Environment in Tagalog and English.

1. CANVAS

 

 

 

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