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 3 Instructor-Led Programs:

  • 3.1 Fun With Fossils
  • 3.2 Pollution Solutions
  • 3.3 Aquatic Adaptations

3.1 Fun with Fossils

How do fossils serve as evidence of past organisms? What do fossils reveal about the history of marine life? In this program, students will examine biofacts, marine fossils, and images of marine animal remains.  They will also identify the key differences between rocks and fossils and analyze how fossils serve as helpful scientific tools to dig up the past.


Georgia Standards of Excellence 

  • S3E2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information on how fossils provide evidence of past organisms.
    • a. Construct an argument from observations of fossils (authentic and reproductions) to communicate how they serve as evidence of past organisms and the environments in which they lived.

Next Generation Science Standards

3-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

3.2 Pollution Solutions

How can human activity positively or negatively impact environments? How can people help protect local environments within their state? In this program, discover the effects pollution has on marine ecosystems and the solutions people must eliminate it. Students will study the purpose of the Four R’s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and brainstorm ways they can implement these practices in their daily lives.


Georgia Standards of Excellence 

  • S3L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
    • a. Ask questions to collect information and create records of sources and effects of pollution on plants and animals.
    • b. Explore, research, and communicate solutions, such as conservation of resources and recycling of materials, to protect plants and animals.


Next Generation Science Standards

  • 3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

3.3 Aquatic Adaptations

What is an adaptation? How have animals adapted over time in order to survive in their respective ecosystems? In this program, students will analyze different examples of behavioral and physical adaptations of animals around Georgia Aquarium, and how unique habitats have shaped the development of these adaptations over time.


Georgia Standards of Excellence

  • S3L1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the similarities and differences between plants, animals, and habitats found within geographic regions (Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plains, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau) of Georgia.
    • b. Construct an explanation of how external features and adaptations (camouflage, hibernation, migration, mimicry) of animals allow them to survive in their habitat.
    • c. Use evidence to construct an explanation of why some organisms can thrive in one habitat and not in another.

Next Generation Science Standards

  • 3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
  • 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
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