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Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Ocean habitats and unique adaptations are the focus of these programs, and most include touch time where students will experience a sea star, anemone, and other tidepool animals.

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School kids at touch tank

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

Magnificent Marine Mammal
Grades K-2

Seals, sea lions, sea otters, and whales are all mammals, just like you and me!

In this program, learners will investigate what makes these mammals so well suited to spend their life in the ocean. As we dive into the world of marine mammals, learners will use images, videos, and artifacts to make observations, compare and contrast and explore the unique adaptations that these mammals use in their aquatic habitat.

  • Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
    • Performance Expectation
      • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive
      • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
      • 1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
      • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
    • Cross Cutting Concepts
      • Patterns
    • Science and Engineering Principles
      • Asking Questions
      • Constructing explanations
      • Engaging in argument from evidence
    • Disciplinary Core Ideas
      • LS1.A: Structure and Function
      • LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Sharky’s Adventure
K-2

know that sharks come in all shapes and sizes and some can be as big as a bus? Join Sharky as he goes on an adventure to learn more about shark adaptations, what sharks eat, and how they find their food. As learners they will gain a better appreciation for these magnificent predators as they explore the wonderful world of sharks.

  • Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
    • Performance Expectation
      • 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
    • Disciplinary Core Ideas
      • LS1.A: Structure and Function
      • LS1.D: Information Processing
      • LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
    • Science and Engineering Practices
      • Asking Questions and Defining Problems
      • Engaging in Argument from Evidence
      • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
    • Cross Cutting Concepts
      • Patterns

The Story of Splashy
K-2

Watch out! The ocean is full of hungry creatures, including Snaggletooth, the hungriest of them all. Help our imaginary friend Splashy protect herself from Snaggletooth by changing her shape, size, and color, giving her all sorts of special adaptations. Explore real ocean animals that use the same adaptations you give Splashy in this interactive program.

  • Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
    • Performance Expectation
      • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive
      • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live
      • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats
    • Disciplinary Core Ideas
      • LS1.A: Structure and Function
    • Science and Engineering Practices
      • Asking Questions and Defining Problems
      • Engaging in Argument from Evidence
      • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
    • Cross Cutting Concepts
      • Patterns

Wigglie Squigglies
K-2

Join us as we explore the spineless wonders of the ocean, invertebrates! Learners will investigate animals such as spiny sea stars, jiggling jellies, and outrageous octopuses. As they explore, learners will discover what each needs to survive and their unique adaptations to a watery world.

  • Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
    • Performance Expectation
      • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive
      • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live
      • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats
    • Disciplinary Core Ideas
      • LS1.A: Structure and Function
    • Science and Engineering Practices
      • Asking Questions and Defining Problems
      • Engaging in Argument from Evidence
      • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
    • Cross Cutting Concepts
      • Patterns
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