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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.

Kid with hat holding sea turtle plush

Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

List of programs

Animal Exploration
Prek-12

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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;

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 dispel some of the myths of the ocean’s greatest predators before meeting tide pool carnivores. Join us for some hands-on bravery as we take a bite out of the feeding strategies of ocean animals.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • COMMON CORE:
    • Language Standards Grades 5- 12: 6;
    • Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 6-12: 3;

Ocean Rangers: Shark Mythbusters
Grades 3-5

Is it safe to go back in the water?

Officer Opaleye returns for another Ocean Ranger adventure in order to answer that very question! This time, students will follow sharks into their ocean habitat to learn the truths and dispel the myths surrounding these incredible predators. Through investigation, problem solving and interviews with experts, the students will help to identify the mystery shark and find out what we can do to protect these creatures.

  • COMMON CORE:
    • Language Standards Grade 3: 1.e;
    • Language Standards Grades 3, 4, 5: 6;

Mysteries of the Deep
Grades 5-8

Prepare yourself for one of the most spectacular light shows on earth.

Don’t look up into the night sky; look down to the depths of the dark, deep sea.Despite the crushing pressure, freezing temperatures, and endless darkness, the deep sea is full of life, enough to rival the diversity of a rain forest! Ranging from the ferocious teeth of the viper eel to the eerie glow of the bioluminescent flashlight fish, this class will fascinate you as we unlock the mysteries of the deep.

  • COMMON CORE:
    • Language Standards Grades 7, 8: 4.c;
    • Language Standards Grades 6-8: 6;
    • Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 6-8: 3;
Surprised kids at touch pool

Field Trips to the Aquarium

Reservations & Info • (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

  • Provide opportunities to touch animals including sharks, sea stars, anemones, and more
  • Engage and excite students
  • Inspire awe in the Pacific Ocean and the animals that live there
  • Connect to classroom curriculum
  • Require advanced reservation