Grades 6 to 8

Students use models to describe aquatic phenomena. Specific programs highlight ecology and engage students in evidence-based ideas about aquatic ecosystem dynamics, energy transfer and the interdependent relationships within them. Other classes focus on the processes of adaptation by natural selection and the evidence of common ancestry and biodiversity through patterns that emerge either in scientific classification or in genetic studies. Through evidence presented about human impacts on the ocean, students will construct explanations for cause and effect and develop solutions to help lessen those impacts. All grade 6-8 programs promote STEM education through scientific literacy, inquiry, problem solving, and hands-on activities, such as a Touch & Learn with either live marine invertebrates or a reptile!

CLASSIFICATION

What is a phylum and how do scientists classify living things into groups? Students will make observations and investigations either with live marine invertebrates, or with specimens and a squid dissection, in order to complete a scientific taxonomy exercise through patterns that emerge. Educators have the option to focus on classification of live marine invertebrates, an in-depth dissection of a squid, or combine both to create a full 90-minute immersive lab experience.

 

Option 1: Invertebrate Classification – (This class includes live invertebrates.)  

Option 2: Squid Dissection

Both options can travel.

Standards Addressed – CT: 6.2, 7.2, 8.2; RI: LS1, LS3; NGSS: Patterns, Structure & Function; LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4; Asking & Defining, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence, Evaluating & Communicating Information

ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATIONS

Through their own active scientific investigations, students will learn about the unique relationships that are found throughout regional watersheds. Each program includes an opportunity to interact with live Long Island Sound invertebrates and for students to discover how human activity can impact these delicate ecosystems through evidence presented. Educators have the option to focus the class on just one of the ecosystems listed below or focus on both aquatic environments to create a full 90-minute investigation into local aquatic systems.

Option 1: CT River Freshwater Ecosystems 

Option 2: Long Island Sound Estuarine Ecosystem 

 

Both options can travel, and they both include live invertebrates and have a conservation focus.

Standards Addressed – CT: 6.2, 7.2, 8.2; RI: LS1, LS3; NGSS: Cause & Effect, Energy & Matter, Stability & Change; LS2, ESS2, ESS3, ETS; Asking & Defining, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence, Evaluating & Communicating Information

SCIENCE IN ACTION

Whether it is taking on the role of a marine animal responder to diagnose a sick seal or an Aquarium researcher working with population genetics to ensure a species survival, each program will immerse your students in real-world marine science careers. Choose a focus on cell function and anatomy with the Strandings/Veterinary Science option, or heredity and microscope use with Genetics/Survival, or combine both to create a full 90-minute marine science experience.

 

Option 1: Marine Animal Stranding & Veterinary Science – (This class includes a live reptile.)  

Standards Addressed – CT: 6.2, 7.2; RI: LS1; NGSS: Patterns, Cause & Effect, Stability & Change; LS1, LS2, ESS3, ETS; Asking & Defining, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence, Evaluating & Communicating Information

 

Option 2: Population Genetics & Species Survival 

Standards Addressed – CT: 6.2, 7.2; RI: LS1, LS3; NGSS: Patterns, Cause & Effect, Structure & Function, Stability & Change; LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4, ESS3; Asking & Defining, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence, Evaluating & Communicating Information

Both options can travel, and they both have a conservation focus.