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We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and got a chance to investigate, interact with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Looks closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).

 

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Elementary School (Grades 1-5)

Gallery Explorations (Grades 1-2)

In the company of an Aquarium educator, your students will see The Maritime Aquarium as never before. These themed, guided tours use the motivating power of the Aquarium’s animals, along with observational strategies for young students, to bring grade-appropriate life science topics alive. Choose one focus for your exploration. One hour each.

NEW!  • Scales, Shells & Skin: Body Coverings & Protection

NEW!  • Slithering & Swimming: Movement Strategies

At Aquarium: $120 for first or simultaneous; $110 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Neither is available as a Traveling Teacher program.

Standards:
Grade 1:  Next Gen., LS1.A, LS1.D; CT Science, 4;  Common Core, W.1.8, MP.2; CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8.
Grade 2:  Next Gen., LS4.D;  Common Core, W.2.8, MP2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8.


Life Cycles (Grades 1-2)

Every animal changes during the course of its life, but some more than others. Students will make discoveries about life cycles by examining live animals and the shells, cocoons and other artifacts they leave behind as they grow. In this hands-on experience, students will be introduced to different types of animals and then classify and sequence their life-cycle patterns. They’ll also learn key words related to life cycles, including egg, larva, adult and metamorphosis. 45 minutes.

At Aquarium: $120 for first or simultaneous; $110 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $170 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential. Additional travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 1:  Next Gen., LS1.B;  CT Science, 2, 3;  Common Core, MP.2, 1.MD.A.1;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 4, 5, 8, 9.
Grade 2:  CT Science, 2;  Common Core, W.2.8, MP2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 4, 5, 8, 9.


NEW!  Structures & Functions (Grades 1-2)

There’s no better way for students to learn about the relationship between structure and function than through close-up observations of live animals. Students will examine animals such as crabs, sea stars, snails and turtles as they consider how every animal’s body is adapted to the things it needs to accomplish in order to survive. This program will teach students to look at even unfamiliar animals and draw well-reasoned conclusions about their lifestyles. 45 minutes.

At Aquarium: $120 for first or simultaneous; $110 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $170 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential. Add’l travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 1:  Next Gen., LS1.A, LS1.D;  CT Science, 2; Common Core, MP.2; CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9.
Grade 2:  Next Gen., LS4-D;  Common Core, W.2.8, MP2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9.


NEW!  Turtle Town (Grades 1-2)

There’s a beach in Hawaii called Turtle Town where people come from all over the world to view sea turtles up close. But your students don’t need to travel thousands of miles for face-to-face encounters with turtles. Students will compare turtles of land and sea to discover how the creatures are adapted to their terrestrial and aquatic lifestyles. They’ll examine the look and feel of turtle shells, hear the story of baby sea turtles and, best of all, meet and touch a live terrapin. 45 minutes. 

At Aquarium: $120 for first or simultaneous; $110 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Not available as a Traveling Teacher program.

Standards:
Grade 1:  Next Gen., LS1.A, LS1.D; CT Science, 1, 2;  Common Core, W.1.8, MP.2; CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9.
Grade 2:  Next Gen., LS4.D;  Common Core, W.2.8, MP.2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9.

 

NEW!    Shark Safari (Grades 2-4)

Touching a live shark is a memorable experience. But that’s just one element of this exciting program. Students will start off examining shark teeth and jaws, feel the sandpapery texture of shark skin, and learn how superb adaptations have allowed sharks to survive for millions of years. Then, your safari guide will lead students to the Aquarium’s Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit for a close look at the 7-foot sand tiger sharks. The final stop is our Shark and Ray Touch Pool to safely touch small sharks and a variety of rays (cousins of sharks). One hour.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Not available as a Traveling Teacher program.

Standards:
Grade 2:  Next Gen., LS4.D;  Common Core, W.2.8, MP.2; CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9.
Grade 3:  Next Gen., LS4.A, LS4.C;  CT Science, 2;  Common Core, W.3.1b, SL.3.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1.
Grade 4:  Next Gen., LS1-A;  CT Science, 2;  Common Core, SL.4.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1.

 

Gallery Explorations (Grades 3-5)

In the company of an Aquarium educator, your students will see The Maritime Aquarium as never before. These themed, guided tours use the motivating power of the Aquarium’s animals, along with observational strategies for young students, to bring grade-appropriate life science topics alive. Choose one focus for your exploration. One hour each.

NEW!  • Hide, Seek, Chomp: Adaptations of Marine Animals

NEW!  • Introducing the Sound: Habitats and Species in Our Own Backyard

At Aquarium: $120 for first or simultaneous; $110 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Neither is available as a Traveling Teacher program.

Standards:
Grade 3:  Next Gen., LS2.D, LS4.C, LS4.D;  CT Science, 2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8.
Grade 4:  Next Gen., LS1.A;  CT Science, 2;  Common Core, SL.4.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1.
Grade 5:  Next Gen., LS2;  CT Science, 2;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1.

 

Life Between the Tides (Grades 3-4)

Imagine living in a place that gets flooded every day! That’s the challenge faced by the amazing and resilient animals of Long Island Sound’s intertidal zone. Students will read tide charts and learn how the moon influences the rise and fall of the tides. They’ll meet and touch different kinds of crabs, mollusks and gastropods, use an age-appropriate field guide to identify them, and employ their observation skills to explain how these animals are adapted for the daily and seasonal changes in their environment. One hour.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Additional travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 3:  Next Gen., LS4.C;  CT Science, 2;  Common Core, W.3.1b, SL.3.1;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: .
Grade 4:  Next Gen., LS1.A;  CT Science, 2;  Common Core, SL.4.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 2.

 

Squid Adaptations (Grades 3-4)

Among the most amazing and alien life forms on Earth, squid are endlessly fascinating. Students will examine real squid specimens to locate and identify the body structures the creatures use for feeding, moving and protecting themselves. They’ll use tweezers and hand lenses to find a squid’s ink sac, siphon, arms and tentacles, and will compare a squid’s adaptations to those of fish and jellies. One hour.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Additional travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 3:  Next Gen., LS4.C;  CT Science, 2;  Common Core, RL.3.1, RL.3.7, W.3.1b, SL.3.1;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: .
Grade 4:  Next Gen., LS1.A;  CT Science, 2;  Common Core, SL.4.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

 

NEW!  Stream Table Investigation (Grades 4-5)

Geologist Charles Lyell is credited with the insight that water’s powerful ability to shape the landscapes we see today also caused major transformations over the course of Earth’s history. Using the Aquarium’s stream table models, students will conduct an inquiry into how rivers and lakes form and how the landforms we see around us resulted in large part from processes that make up the water cycle. Finally, they’ll think about the impact of rising sea levels and more intense storms predicted by current climate change models. 90 minutes.

At Aquarium: $200 for first or simultaneous; $185 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $265 for first or simultaneous; $200 for second & additional sequential. Add’l travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 4:  Next Gen., PS3.A, ESS2.A;  CT Science, 3;  Common Core, SL.4.1, MP.2, MP.5;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10.
Grade 5:  Next Gen., ESS2.A, ESS2.C;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 19.

 

NEW!  Navigation Adventures (Grades 5-6)

How did early explorers find their way across vast oceans and wide continents? In this new program bridging STEM and history, students will learn about the tools of early and modern explorers. They’ll practice using maps and charts and estimate distances using drafting compasses and scale bars. They’ll discuss differences between navigation on land and water, and learn about amazing animal navigators, including the seals that return to Norwalk each winter! 75 minutes.

At Aquarium: $150 for first or simultaneous; $140 for second sequential & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $200 for first or simultaneous; $150 for second & additional sequential. Add’l travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 5:  CT Science, 4;  Common Core, SL5.1, SL5.2;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 4, 9.
Grade 6:  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 4, 9.

 

Brine Shrimp Inquiry (Grades 5-7)

Through a guided inquiry experiment, students take on the role of behavioral scientists as they investigate how brine shrimp respond to a range of stimuli. Creating hypotheses, recording observations and deciding how to control variables, students engage in an experiment that emulates the scientific process. Afterward, students draw their own conclusions and present their results. 90 minutes.

At Aquarium: $200 for first or simultaneous; $185 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $265 for first or simultaneous; $200 for second & additional sequential. Additional travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 5:  Next Gen., LS2.1;  CT Science, 2;  Common Core, SL5.5, MP.2; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10.
Grade 6:  Next Gen., LS1.C;  CT Science, 2;  CT Core Scientific, C INQ: .
Grade 7:  Next Gen., LS1.C;  Common Core, 7.RP.A.2;  CT Core Scientific, C INQ: .

 

Water Pollution (Grades 5-7)

Long Island Sound and its watershed provide a perfect opportunity to explore human impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Students will share their knowledge about sources of pollution and then pollute a watershed model to demonstrate how pollutants travel and where they end up. They’ll also discuss strategies for cleaning up the pollution that makes its way to the Sound, and identify ways everyone can contribute to that effort! One hour.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Add’l travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 5:  Next Gen., ESS2.A, ESS2.C, ESS3.C;  Common Core, SL.5.5, MP.2; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 3, 6.
Grade 6:  Next Gen., ESS2.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.C;  CT Science, 2, 4; Common Core, 6.SP.B.4; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: .
Grade 7:  Next Gen., ESS2.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.C;  CT Core Scientific, C INQ: .

 

 
 
 

The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound
and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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