Grades 6 to 8

All grade 6-8 programs promote STEM education through scientific inquiry, building vocabulary, and problem solving.
They are designed to bring science to life and encourage students to identify questions that can be answered through scientific exploration. These programs can also be conducted right in your own classroom as part of our Traveling Teacher Program.

THIS CLASS CAN TRAVEL TO YOU ( THIS CLASS INCLUDES A LIVE INVERTEBRATE TOUCH & LEARN
THIS CLASS INCLUDES A TOUCH & LEARN WITH A LIVE REPTILE ( THIS CLASS HAS A CONSERVATION FOCUS

CLASSIFICATION

What is a phylum and how do scientists classify living things into groups? Students will use visual and tactile observations to examine live marine invertebrates or participate in a squid dissection to complete a taxonomy exercise.
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.

Invertebrate Classification
Standard Addressed: CT: 6.2, 7.2, 8.2; RI: LS1, LS3; NGSS: LS2

Squid Dissection
Standard Addressed: CT: 6.2, 7.2, 8.2; RI: S, LS1, LS3; NGSS: LS4

ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATIONS

Through the use of hands-on activities and 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. 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 CT’s aquatic systems.

CT River Freshwater Ecosystems
Standards Addressed: CT: 6.2, 6.4, 8.2; RI: LS1, LS2; NGSS: LS2, ESS3

Long Island Sound Estuarine Ecosystem
Standards Addressed: CT: 6.2, 6.4; RI: LS1, LS2; NGSS: LS2, ESS3

SCIENCE IN ACTION

Whether it is taking on the role of a member of our marine animal stranding team to diagnose a sick seal or an aquarium researcher working with population genetics to ensure the survival of a species, each Science in Action program will immerse your students in real world marine science careers.
Educators have the option to focus on cell function and anatomy with the Marine Animal Stranding and Veterinary Science program, heredity and microscope use with Population Genetics and Species Survival, or combine both to create a full 90-minute marine science experience.

Marine Animal Stranding and Veterinary Science
Standards Addressed: CT: 6.2, 7.2; RI: LS1; NGSS: LS2, ESS3

Population Genetics and Species Survival
Standards Addressed: CT: 6.2, 7.2; RI: LS1, LS3; NGSS: LS1, LS2, LS4