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The Aquarium is proud to present Science Stars. These hands-on, standards based, and grade specific lessons have been developed and tested by Aquarium educators to bring life science, earth science, and physical science standards to the classroom with unique lesson plans.

They include handouts, teacher answer sheets, and more. New lesson plans will continue to be added to this page, so be sure to come back regularly to check for new write-ups from Aquarium educators and teachers like you!

Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these inquiry-based kits encourage students to make observations using the Aquarium’s live streaming animal webcams.

The Webcam Resource Kits include lesson plans, short educational videos, worksheets, and web-based activities and resources for K-8th grade students.

Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Ocean Habitats

Explore different types of ocean habitats while making observations and learning what makes kelp forests and coral reefs special and different.

Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Fish for a Day

In this kit, students focus on the special adaptations of fish and discover how they swim, breath, and protect themselves in the ocean.

Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Sensational Sharks

Learn how these amazing animals use their senses, teeth, and other adaptations to survive during our Sensational Sharks video and activities

Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Amazing Adaptations

Compare and contrast animal adaptations to understand how animals protect themselves, find food, and survive in different habitats.

Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Ocean Drifters

Learn about plankton, a diverse community of drifting organisms which supports the foundation of cold water food webs.

Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Think Like a Scientist

How do scientists make discoveries? In this webcam kit, students are encouraged to think like scientists, by making observations, asking questions, and making predictions.

Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Kelp Forest Habitat

Explore live webcams to learn about kelp forests and the unique adaptations used by animals that call this place home.

Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Kelp Forest Conservation

Students will learn about the delicate balance between the producers, consumers, and the keystone species of the kelp forest food web.

Students will learn how kelp forest ecosystems are supported by ocean producers such as kelp and phytoplankton.

Discover the conservation story of the sea otter, illustrating the delicate balance of kelp forest communities in our educational video. A lesson outline, activities, and worksheets are also included to use while students make animal observations using the live Blue Cavern webcam.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

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Like trees of the rainforest, kelp forests support a dynamic range of animals found at the very bottom, and in layers all the way to the top canopy.

Students will learn about some of these kelp forest residents and what types of adaptations are needed to survive while watching the Blue Cavern webcam and the Kelp Forest Habitat video. A lesson outline and worksheets are also included in this kit.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-PS1-3 Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
  • MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

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How do scientists make discoveries? In this webcam kit, students are encouraged to think like scientists, by making observations, asking questions, and making predictions.

Meet a shark researcher and find out how she designed her research to learn about shark migrations and the tools she uses to gather information. Students can practice their observation skills as they watch our Shark Lagoon webcam and come up with their own study questions. A lesson outline, worksheets, and supplemental resources are also included to support student exploration.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-LS1-6 Science knowledge is based upon logical connections between evidence and explanations.
  • MS-LS1-3 Scientists and engineers are guided by habits of mind such as intellectual honesty, tolerance of ambiguity, skepticism, and openness to new ideas.

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Sharks are one of the most popular predators in the ocean. Learn how these amazing animals use their senses, teeth, and other adaptations to survive during our Sensational Sharks video and activities.

In this kit students will record their observations as they watch the Shark Lagoon webcam and explore shark diversity. Discover the role sharks play in ocean food webs and why conservation is essential for a healthy ocean.

Next Generation Science Standards

  • 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all
  • 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • 4-LS1-2 Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
  • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.

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Drifting amongst the waves is an incredibly diverse mix of ocean plants and animals called plankton. Plankton is a rich food source that supports cold water food webs.

Students will explore some of the largest plankton, sea jellies, using the live webcam views and worksheets. An educational video and lesson outline are also included to in this webcam kit to support student driven exploration.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 3-LS1-1 Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

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How does a sea horse protect itself? Why are penguins such good swimmers? Go on an adventure with characters Captain Joe and Scuba Shara as they investigate a mysterious ocean animal with some very interesting adaptations.

Using the Sea Dragon and Penguin webcams, students can make live animals observations to spark questions and discussions about animal adaptations. Worksheets and lesson outlines are provided to help guide this adventure.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
  • 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

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In this kit, students focus on the special adaptations of fish and discover how they swim, breath, and protect themselves in the ocean.

Watch some of the Aquarium’s most colorful fish on the webcam to explore how fish use their special adaptations, then as a class design your very own digital fish on the interactive Build-a-fish application. Follow our silly characters Captain Joe and Scuba Shara in the “Fish for a Day” video as they compare a SCUBA diver’s equipment to the adaptations of a fish. The lesson plan offers suggestions on how to tie together each of the kit materials and promote class discussions and questions.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

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How does kelp grow? Is coral an animal? Explore different types of ocean habitats while making observations and learning what makes kelp forests and coral reefs special and different.

Let our fun characters Captain Joe and Scuba Shara introduce these habitats and encourage students to be explorers. Lesson plans offer prompts to encourage student questions based on animal observations. Using our Tropical Pacific and Blue Cavern live webcams students will compare and contrast the animals that live in these unique marine habitats. Provided worksheets can be used with the webcam observations to encourage participation and check for understanding.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

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See all 85 EEI Curriculum units online, and check back often as the drafts become final.

Thank you for your application. The deadline for this application is June 13th 2014. In mid July, you will receive an email from a staff member indicating if you have been selected to move onto the next round of the selection process. Due to the high volume of applicants, the selection process may be lengthy at times, so we do ask for your patience and cooperation during this time.

If you have any questions please contact Milena Acosta, Outreach Supervisor at [email protected]

Build your own fish and learn about marine life and the ocean.

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The Aquarium is excited to launch the new Adopt-an-Animal program. They make great gifts, but are also a great opportunity for teachers and students to stay connected to the Aquarium. Adoptions start at just $10 for a baby shark, baby seahorse, or baby clownfish and include a certificate, 3x5 photo, animal fact sheet, and 2 stickers. While all sponsored animals remain in the care of the Aquarium and no ownership rights are conferred, adopting an animal allows guests to become more involved with the Aquarium by supporting the needs of the animal collection.

Adoptions are available for other Aquarium favorite including sea otters, seals, sea Lions, puffins, sharks, seals, sea turtles, and rays for adoptions of $25 and up. Click here for a complete list of adoption levels and benefits.

For more information about Adopt-an-Animal including a complete list of visit our Aquarium Adopt website page.

Just print and go!

Our education staff has prepared some downloadable scavenger hunts for your students. These activity sheets with pre and post activities will enhance your Aquarium visit and learning experience.

General Aquarium Scavenger Hunts by Grade Level

Answer Keys

Scavenger Hunt design by A Flourish Design: Angela Gomez, Kelly Enquist, and Llanette Morgan.


Did you know we also have Chaperone Field Trip Guides available?

Learn more about securing financial support for field trips.

The Aquarium offers two programs to support your need for field trip funds. Check out the links below for our scholarship program and PTA Fundraising ideas:

The Aquarium also suggests these funding opportunities that have provided local teachers with the financial means they need to bring their students to the Aquarium.

Do you have a success story? Wanna share with other teachers? Email your story to [email protected]

Newly created standards-based.

Enhance Your Visit

The Aquarium is proud to introduce its newly created standards-based Chaperone Field Trip Guides. Each guide includes a grade-specific theme to connect your students to the animal collection, suggested exhibits to visit, background information for parents, guided questions to encourage conversation, and activities to keep your students actively learning. While they will be available when you check-in for your field trip, they are also available for download prior to your visit. We hope you enjoy using these materials to move your classes through the Aquarium, and connect them to your classroom curriculum.

Our Aquarium educators come to you

Aquarium on Wheels
Truck Display
FAQ
Pre/Post Materials

Feel a spiny sea star, touch a slippery sea cucumber or experience the rough textured skin of a shark. Dedicated to develop an appreciation for the wonders of the ocean environment, Aquarium on Wheels will deliver a memorable experience for all!

Introducing students to the world of marine science is a great way to bring enthusiasm into your classroom.

Let the Aquarium share some fun ideas for integrating the ocean into your science lessons throughout the year.

Lesson Plans, Chaperone Field Trip Guides and more!

We all know the challenges of coordinating a successful field trip experience. There’s the paperwork, the bus, the chaperones, the lunches and managing the students on-site. Maybe we can help!

We can help you make the most of your student’s time at the Aquarium. Through helpful hints and activities your students will be more engaged and more likely to connect the field trip experience with your curriculum back in the classroom.

Have a great idea of your own? We’d love for you to share your success stories with us! Let us help to connect you to the thousands of teachers that come on field trips to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Connect with Science on a Sphere Network
The Aquarium is proud to share its SOS programming with the network of museums and science centers able to use this technology. Teachers are also invited to use these films, lesson plans, datasets, and other resources available on the SOS Network website, including the Urban Ocean Film, funded by The Miller Foundation.

Ideas and Resources

Ideas and Resources

Aquarium on Wheels

Our Aquarium educators come to you. Feel a spiny sea star, touch a slippery sea cucumber or experience the rough textured skin of a shark.

Ideas and Resources

Chaperone Field Trip Guides

The Aquarium is proud to introduce its newly created standards-based Chaperone Field Trip Guides.

Ideas and Resources

Scavenger Hunts

Just print and go! Our education staff has prepared some downloadable scavenger hunts for your students.

Ideas and Resources

Funding Opportunities

Learn more about securing financial support for field trips.

Welcome to the Aquarium of the Pacific Teacher Resources site and NGSS informational page.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is ready to support your classroom curriculum with marine science related resources and is well positioned to support and train educators for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Education department has been working to identify, highlight, develop, and provide educators with programming and professional development opportunities that collectively contribute to the implementation of NGSS.

Within this site you will also find resources developed to bring the ocean and hands-on science into your classroom, as well as resources that will help you get the most out of your time during your field trip to the Aquarium.

We hope you keep coming back to see what new ideas and events we have to offer you.

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Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Data Focused Tools for the Classroom

Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these inquiry-based kits encourage students to make observations using the Aquarium’s live streaming animal webcams. The Webcam Resource Kits include lesson plans, short educational videos, worksheets, and web-based activities and resources for K-8th grade students

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Southern California Whale Research Project App: Connecting People, Science, and Whales

Data Focused Tools for the Classroom

This data focused application allows students to manipulate and track historical data on whale sightings off the coast of Southern California

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Story Mapping and GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Data Focused Tools for the Classroom

Story maps have been created to help students explore data and study the natural world around them through spatial visualization. The Aquarium also provides students/teachers tutorials and samples that guide them on building individualized story maps.

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Interactive Video Conferencing Programs

Educational Programming

These standards based educator-led programs are taught live to classrooms nationally and internationally through videoconferencing technology.

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Onsite Educational Programs

Educational Programming

The Aquarium offers inquiry and standards based educational programs for preschool to college age students focused on marine science and climate change issues.

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Guest Lectures

Professional Development Opportunities

The Aquarium’s guest scientist lecture series provide an opportunity to connect teachers with current science. Lectures are broadcasted live and archived to the Aquarium’s website.

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Teacher Workshops

Professional Development Opportunities

The Education department offers a variety of teacher workshops through the year including workshops specifically focused on data-driven classroom programming, robotic exploration of our oceans and planet, and NGSS implementation. In addition, the Education department leads a grant-funded week long intensive introduction to the Aquarium, Southern California’s diverse ecosystems, and current research being conducted by local scientist.