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3rd-5th Grade

Some of the ocean’s biggest and smallest inhabitants are explored in these programs that encourage students to see the ocean in a new way. Please see the list of programs below for more specific information.

Animal Exploration
Get your hands wet in this 30-minute, educator-led animal touch experience. After a brief introduction, students will explore the unique characteristics of our classroom tidepool animals and even have a chance to touch them.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: K 1a, 2a, c; 4a, d, e. 1st grade: 2a, 2b, 4e. 2nd grade: 2d, 4c, 4g. 3rd grade: 3a, 3b, 3c. 4th grade: 3a. 5th grade: 2a, 3a. 6th grade: 5a, 5b. 7th grade: 3d. Biology: 6a, 6e.
COMMON CORE: Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1, 2: 1.a; Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1: 2 a; Language Standards Kindergarten: 1.d; Language Standards Grade 1: 1.f; Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1, 2: 1.b; Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1: 2 a.
Discover Earth | Grades 3-12
Take a new look at the water, weather, continents, currents, tsunamis, and hurricanes that make our Earth a dynamic system. With an Aquarium educator as a guide, your students will explore beautiful visualizations on the Aquarium’s six-foot spherical display called Science on a Sphere. Discover the wonders of our instrumented earth and the information we can use to learn more about our planet.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: 3rd grade: 4e. 4th grade: 5a, 6a. 5th grade: 3a, 4a, 4b, 4c. 6th grade: 1a, 3a, HS Earth science: 4a, 4b, 4c, 5e, 6a, 6c, 6d.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 9- 12: 6.
Aliens from Inner Space | Grades 3-8
Did you know that when you go for an ocean swim you are entering a world inhabited by microscopic creatures? Join us as we discover the fascinating world of plankton. Under a microscope these creatures can look like aliens, but through hands-on activities and microscope discovery we will reveal the importance of this alien world to your students as they delve into a freshly caught sample of plankton.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: 3rd: 1a; 3a-d; 5d. 4th: 2a, b; 3b, d; 6a. 5th: 2f; 6a-c, f.
COMMON CORE: Speaking and Listening Standards Grades 3, 4, 5: 1.b, c, d; Language Standards Grade 3: 1.e; Language Standards Grades 3- 8: 6; Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 6-8: 3
FBI Investigates Freaky Fish
Your mission: To investigate the variety of fishes that have infiltrated the Pacific and report back to headquarters. Join the FBI (Fish Bureau of Investigation) as they discover the diversity and range of Pacific Ocean fish. After the program, head out into the Aquarium to continue your search until you find something “fishy!”
SCIENCE STANDARDS: 3a; 5b, d. 5th: 6a.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grade 3: 1.e; Language Standards Grades 3, 4, 5: 6.
Predator! | Grades 3-8
Sharks. Sea lions. Sea stars. What do all of these animals have in common? They are all predators! Dive headfirst into the world of predators in this interactive program. Students will go into a frenzy touching a real shark as they dispel some of the myths of this world-famous predator. Join us for some hands-on bravery as we take a bite out of feeding strategies of ocean animals.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: 3rd: 3a-c. 4th: 2b; 6a. 5th: 2c; 6a.
COMMON CORE: Speaking and Listening Standards Grades 3, 4, 5: 1.b, c, d; Language Standards 3: 1.e; Language Standards 3, 4, 5: 6; Language Standards 6-8: 6.
Fishial Pursuit | Grades 5-12
Sharks may lose 30,000 teeth in a lifetime! A blue whale can have a tongue as big as an elephant! Dispelling myths and learning cool and interesting facts is the name of the game. Join us for an interactive educational theater program where the audience members are the game show contestants and the questions are all washed up.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: 6th: 5a, b. 7th: 3a.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 5- 12: 6.
A Look Inside | Grades 5-12
How does a squid breathe? How many hearts do they have? The answers to these and more questions can be found with a closer look inside. Make your first incision into the amazing world of cephalopod taxonomy and anatomy. Your students will discover the ins and outs of the common market squid in this hands-on dissection.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: Biology/Life Sciences: 6c, e, g; 8b, d; 9a, g.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 5- 12: 6; Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 6-12: 3.
It All Flows to Me | Grades 3-12
It All Flows to MeUtilizing the Aquarium’s new interactive Watershed Classroom and Exhibit, students will be led on a journey through their watershed from the mountains to the coastal ocean.
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