Students dive deeper into understanding biodiversity and the relationships between living things and their environments, especially how they relate to watersheds and the ocean. Students will construct explanations from evidence that they gather and observe about structural and behavioral adaptations, the flow of energy within and between ecosystems, and solutions to problems that aquatic environments face resulting from overuse of limited resources. All grade 4-5 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!
There are roughly 400 shark species throughout the world, ranging in size from a few inches to 40 feet. Many are threatened or endangered, and your students will use evidence to determine why. In this class, students will investigate fascinating shark adaptations, the challenges they must overcome for survival, and the conservation efforts underway to protect them.
This class can travel, and it includes live invertebrates and has a conservation focus.
Standards Addressed – CT: 4.2, 5.2; RI: LS1, LS3; NGSS: Energy & Matter, Structure & Function, Stability & Change; LS1, ESS3, ETS; Asking & Defining, Evaluating & Communicating Information
This interactive Jeopardy-style game offers a creative way for your students to gather evidence about the many amazing adaptations that amphibians have to survive and the challenges they face. Participants will collaborate to discover the answers to questions and perform challenges to learn more about amphibians and the roles they play in our ecosystems.
This class can travel, and it includes a live reptile and has a conservation focus.
Standards Addressed – CT: 4.2, 5.2; RI: LS1, LS3; NGSS: Cause & Effect, Structure & Function, Stability & Change; LS1, ESS2, ESS3; Asking & Defining, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence, Evaluating & Communicating Information
How do whales find their way and locate food in the dark ocean, like a flounder hiding under the sand? In this class, students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities to discover the truly incredible adaptation of belugas and all toothed whales that give them the unique ability to “see” using sound. By the end, they will understand well the concept of structure and function through this exciting example, echolocation!
This class can travel and includes live invertebrates.
Standards Addressed – CT: 5.1, 5.2; RI: LS1, LS2, PS2; NGSS: Structure & Function, LS1, ESS3, ETS; Asking & Defining, Engaging from Evidence, Evaluating & Communicating Information
Students may know about sharks, a predator that sits at the top of the ocean food chain. But how many know about plankton, the often microscopic plants and animals that make up the base of the food chain? Both groups are critical for life in the ocean and would not exist if it weren’t for the other. In this class, students will explore the ocean’s food web’s links and discover who eats whom, how they do it, and why.
Standards Addressed – CT: 4.2; RI: LS1, LS2, LS3; NGSS: Cause & Effect, Energy & Matter, Stability & Change; LS1, LS2, ESS3; Asking & Defining, Evaluating & Communicating Information
Did you know that 97 percent of all animals on earth don’t have a backbone? In this class, students become scientists to investigate and classify live marine invertebrates into groups based upon their common characteristics. Some animals may look completely different but are classified together because of their unique adaptations. This class promotes well both their observation and critical thinking skills.
Standards Addressed – CT: 4.2; RI: LS1, LS3; NGSS: Patterns, Structure & Function, LS1, LS3; Asking & Defining, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence, Evaluating & Communicating Information