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Classroom Lessons

Curriculum Connections

Available for Field Trip Packages 2 & 4

The Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium offers classroom lessons that engage students while supporting curriculum. Our programs align with Next Generation Science Standards and PA & NJ Science Academic Standards. We offer a variety of Classroom Lessons for your students, available for Early Learners (ages 3 and under) and for Grades PreK - 12. 

Classroom lessons are 30 minutes in length and are offered Monday - Friday from now through - June 17, 2016 between 10 am - 1:45 pm. Note: classes are not available between December 23 - January 3 and on major holidays. 

If you do not see a program that interests you, the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium staff would be happy to design a program especially for your class. 

Please call 856.365.1025 or email teachers@aquaticsciences.org for information regarding this special service.


EARLY LEARNERS

Adventure Aquarium Educational Program

SEA STORY
Students will enjoy hearing an original story about a little boy's trip to the beach and the animals he meets there. Students will use all their senses and meet a real, live animal from the book that they will have the opportunity to touch. ICON


GRADES PRE-K - K

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SEA SENSES
Not everything smells the same! Students can explore their five senses and learn how they are similar to and different from those of five ocean animals. 

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ANIMAL WRAPPERS
Discover the diversity of feathers, fur and scales throughout the animal kingdom. This lesson uses many real artifacts that students can touch.

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FABULOUS FISH
What makes a fish a fish? Students will play "fish detective" to determine if popular sea creatures are fish or another type of ocean animal. This lesson includes a live animal, which students will have the opportunity to touch.

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GRADES 1 - 2

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Why don't penguins fly? How do penguins raise their chicks? Why do penguins wear tuxedos? Find out all you need to know about these fascinating birds! Please note: Live penguins are not included in the class.

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Coral reefs are the most colorful and diverse ecosystems in the ocean. Explore the biology of corals and discover the many incredible reef animals that call a coral reef home.

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WHAT'S YOUR HABITAT
Home sweet home is very different if you are an octopus or a hippopotamus. This lesson investigates the variety of habitats from around the world using live classroom animals

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GRADES 3 - 4

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Food chains are so last year! Students will develop an ocean food web, and make scientific guesses about the relationships between predators and prey.

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ENDANGERED AT ADVENTURE 
Adventure Aquarium is home to many important endangered species. Students will explore what it means to be an endangered species, and learn about the threats facing our animal ambassadors.

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Sharks are a unique group of animals with a complicated history and a mysterious present. Demystify shark teeth, shark species and shark relatives in our Sharks! lesson.

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GRADES 5 - 8

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Students will engage with live animals as well as animal artifacts to examine how creatures without bones survive in the seas.

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Students will examine the forensics of shark attacks in order to separate fact from fiction in this data-driven lesson.

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Compare and contrast animal adaptations and how they allow animals to survive our changing environment. 

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GRADES 9 - 12

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From marine biologists and veterinarians, it takes a lot of people to keep an aquarium running smoothly. This lesson is great for students considering STEM careers, or those wanting a peek into the daily life of our animals and staff.

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SOS: SAVE OUR SHARKS
Shark populations are declining faster than they can rebound. Learn about different threats to sharks and why it is important to protect this ancient predator.

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SPECIAL NEEDS

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This class uses imitation to encourage movement, vocalization, and creative thought. Students will be introduced to various marine animals, such as sea turtles, horseshoe crabs, and sea stars, and invited to engage their imaginations by imitating their movements and sounds. This class does involve live animals, some of which students will be invited to touch. ICON

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This lesson is for students fascinated by sea turtles and tortoises alike! Students will meet a few of our live turtles in residence and have the opportunity to touch some turtle-related artifacts. This class uses live animals without direct animal contact. ICON

LIFE ON THE REEF
Key Concepts: Habitats, Adaptations, Conservation, Symbiosis
Discover how reef animals live together and what makes these habitats so delicate and unique.


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WHAT'S YOUR HABITAT
Key Concepts: Habitats, Adaptations, Ecosystems
From the coral reef to the Australian desert; investigate some unique habitats and the amazing adaptations of several live animals.

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Key Concepts: Adaptations, Organisms
Dive into the fascinating underwater world of unusual and extraordinary fish, from sea horses to sharks!