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Revised section added April 2021

This Newsletter was originally published from Tasmania on January 27, 2020 during a trip for workshops in there, Melbourne and Canberra. On April 8, 2021 a representative of the the environmentally focused company Sofar Ocean contacted me because this post on using Greta Thunberg’s speech for SWI grabbed their attention and asked if we could link to their piece How Does Climate Change Affect the Ocean “since we are of the same wavelength and have the same type of readers.”

Of course I am delighted to do so. I’ve revised the original Newsletter #99 by removing notices of old workshops to use this space to encourage readers to explore that link, and their website in general. They added that they have been encouraging colleagues to sign a petition to a campaign to fight ‘greenwashing’ (HERE). Why not encourage your class to hypothesize and then investigate what the term ‘greenwashing’ means?

I explored their website and decided to paste their Company Bio below. I’ve bolded just some of the words from that bio that might be rich to explore. Perhaps we can also generate interest in schools to collaborate with this company in mutually beneficial ways.

Our oceans cover over 70% of our planet’s surface, drive our climate system, and over 90% of the world’s trade is carried by sea. Our ocean environment affects us every day, through weather, the food we eat, and the stuff we use. Yet, ocean data is exceedingly sparse, and we know more about the surface of the moon than the waters surrounding us. Distributed sensing has revolutionized digitizing on land and from space. Ocean’s are next.

Our goal is to create a data-abundant ocean and provide critical insights to science, society, and industries. As a first step, we deploy and grow the world’s largest real-time ocean weather sensor network which provides the most accurate marine weather information and forecasts to power industry-specific solutions.

We believe that more and better ocean data will contribute to greater understanding of our environment, better decisions, improved business outcomes, and ultimately contribute to a more sustainable planet.

Now click the NEXT button to go on to the content of the original newsletter that grabbed the attention of “Sofar Ocean” and which has many teacher resources for building SWI lessons based on Greta Thunberg’s speech to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Feb 21, 2019.

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I recently received this lovely message from an environmental group called Sofar Ocean.

I was delighted to find they discovered this Real Spellers post that so clearly targets their interests and that the were asking about linking to each others' work. Absolutely! This kind of connection just reinforces the value of using structured word inquiry instruction as a means of deepening understanding of content areas.

Also, I've posted this comment in this special 'interactive format' of my original post that Real Spellers webmaster Matt Berman put together. The text of my original piece is the same, but Matt has created this format so that the reader can click on the identified words (at right) for resources, and those links can also be found in the text of the post. I hope to collaborate with Matt for more of these interactive kinds of posts. If you like to print off and study such documents on paper, you can go to the original post for the WordWorks Newsletter #99 at THIS LINK.

Below is the message from Sofar Ocean and the link to their work. Let's keep the col + labor + ate/ + ing going!

Hi there,

I’m Alexander from the Sofar Ocean editorial team. We connect the world’s oceans to provide insights to science, society, and industry for a more sustainable planet.

I’m reaching out because your post caught our attention as we were searching for ocean temperature, marine ecosystem, environmental disaster, climate crisis, coral reef ecosystem-related topics.

I was wondering if you can link it to our piece How Does Climate Change Affect the Ocean since we are of the same wavelength and have the same type of readers.

You may tag it/backlink it to any relevant text in any of your articles that you deem relevant. As a token of good faith, the Sofar Ocean team would be happy to campaign your website and content across our social media channels.

Let me know what you think.


Alexander Brown

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