Originally created as a museum exhibit for a general audience, many users - including geology professors - have called this map the best visual display of Pacific NW geology that currently exists. Used widely in classrooms (about 5th grade through college), it is also a popular museum/nature center gift shop/bookstore item.
Grouper Moon - a great literature focus for multidisciplinary teaching and learning
An exciting option for the classroom or home school as a science-language arts-social studies connection is Grouper Moon, a kids' novel by Cynthia Shaw that artfully blends science and fiction. This delightful story of an island boy and an affable Nassau grouper entertains readers while teaching them about very real coral reef and fishery conservation issues.
"It has been a wonderful class experience," writes Louise Marquering, who used Grouper Moon in her 7th grade classroom at Hamilton Creek School in Lebanon, Oregon. "It really held the students' interest and is up there with My Side of the Mountain and Where the Red Fern Grows for favorite stories. I appreciated the tie-in with our survey of the animal phyla as we studied structure and function of all animals. It also allowed me to integrate my diving experiences and pictures with both literature and science."
What is being done to protect Nassau grouper?
A social and ecological cornerstone of Caribbean coral reefs, the Nassau grouper is a Caribbean icon. Normally solitary and territorial, during the winter full moons grouper travel, sometimes over great distances, and “group” together to spawn at the same sites every year. The predictable nature of these spawning aggregations renders them vulnerable to overfishing, and now one-third to one-half of the originally known spawning sites in the Caribbean are inactive.
In 2002, the Reef Environmental Educational Foundation (REEF) launched "The Grouper Moon Project" - a collaborative effort with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment to study the last remaining active Nassau grouper spawning aggregation in the Cayman Islands.
By popular request, digital images of the GeoMap are available. These images have been prepared from the original digital art files, so no quality has been lost by scanning.
*The CD contains 32 images that include full images of both sides of the GeoMap; along with an assortment of enlarged GeoMap details at various magnifications, to use depending on the focus of your presentation.
Many images have both labeled and unlabeled versions, so you may annotate as desired. One teacher who stopped by at the NSTA exhibit in Seattle said he prepared a PowerPoint assessment for his kids, where he would arrange each slide with a blank slide to follow, where each student then had to write two sentences to explain what was happening.