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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
 

View and download our full 2014-15 Maritime Aquarium Educational Programs catalog.

 

Elementary School (Grades 1-3)

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.  Both include live animals in the presentation.

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, 1.2;  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, MP.2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8.

Life Cycles (Grades 1-2)

skate-egg-caseEvery 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. Includes live animals in the presentation. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

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, 1.2, 1.3;  Common Core, MP.2, 1.MD.A.1;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 4, 5, 8, 9.
Grade 2:  CT Science, 2.2;  Common Core, W.2.8, MP.2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 4, 5, 8, 9.

NEW!  Structures & Functions (Grades 1-2)  IMG 9300-copy

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. Includes live animals in the presentation. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

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, 1.2; 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, MP.2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9.


NEW!  Turtle Town (Grades 1-2)  Aquar.loggerhead-copy

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.  Includes live animals in the presentation.

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, 1.1, 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)

Aquar.sharks-copyTouching 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.   Includes live animals in the presentation.

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, 3.2;  Common Core, W.3.1b, SL.3.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 4.
Grade 4:  Next Gen., LS1.A;  CT Science, 4.2;  Common Core, SL.4.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 4.

 

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. Both include live animals in the presentation.

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, 3.2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8.
Grade 4:  Next Gen., LS1.A;  CT Science, 4.2;  Common Core, SL.4.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1.
Grade 5:  Next Gen., LS2;  CT Science, 5.2;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1.

 

Life Between the Tides (Grades 3-4)  horseshoeCrab-Herity

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. Includes live animals in the presentation. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

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, 3.2;  Common Core, W.3.1b, SL.3.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 2, 4.
Grade 4:  Next Gen., LS1.A;  CT Science, 4.2;  Common Core, SL.4.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 2, 4.

 

Squid Adaptations (Grades 3-4)  2-squid

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.  Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

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, 3.2;  Common Core, RL.3.1, RL.3.7, W.3.1b, SL.3.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
Grade 4:  Next Gen., LS1.A;  CT Science, 4.2;  Common Core, SL.4.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

 

Study Cruises for School/Scout/Camps (by charter):

Study cruise programs out onto Long Island Sound are available for Grades 3 & up. The cruise programming for 3rd-graders is grouped with that for Grades 4 & 5.  Get details at the bottom of the page linked here.

 

 
 
 

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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