Instructor-Led Program

Our engaging instructor-led programs provide focused learning opportunities where students can ask questions, collaborate and problem solve with the guidance of our Georgia Aquarium Educators.

Please see below for information and details on our Grade 2 Instructor-Led Programs:

  • 2.1 The Motions of the Ocean
  • 2.2 Life is a Cycle

2.1 The Motions of the Ocean

There are many ways to put animals into different categories, such as in groups based on their physical properties. In this lesson, students will learn about how these physical properties influence the lives of aquatic animals, and how these fascinating creatures are able to physically move through their environments. This program allows students to investigate how aquatic animals move their bodies in order to travel throughout their underwater worlds, and how they have adapted to survive in unique and often difficult conditions.


Georgia Standards of Excellence:

  • S2P1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the properties of matter and changes that occur in objects.
    • a. Ask questions to describe and classify different objects according to their physical properties.(Clarification statement: Examples of physical properties could include color, mass, length, texture, hardness, strength, absorbency, and flexibility.)
  • S2P2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain the effect of a force (a push or a pull) in the movement of an object (changes in speed and direction).
    • c. Record and analyze data to decide if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a force (a push or a pull).


Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 3-PS2. Make observations and/or measurements on an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.

2.2 Life is a Cycle

Animals come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors– all of which can change depending on their life cycle stage. Through engaging activities and exploration, students will be challenged to think like scientific researchers by investigating the unique life cycles of plants and animals at Georgia Aquarium. Students will also learn about how the life cycles of these marine organisms compare to the life cycles of humans. Finally, students will demonstrate their knowledge by properly sequencing the life stages of the aforementioned aquatic plants and animals and comparing and contrasting the lives of organisms at Georgia Aquarium.


Georgia Standards of Excellence:

S2L1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the life cycles of different living organisms.

  • Ask questions to determine the sequence of the life cycle of common animals in your area: a mammal such as a cat, dog or classroom pet, a bird such as a chicken, an amphibian such as a frog, and an insect such as a butterfly.

Next Generation Science Standards:

2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

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