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 5 Instructor-Led Programs:

  • 5.1 Phenomenal Behaviors
  • 5.2 A Shark’s Sixth Sense
  • 5.3 Big Changes, Small Organisms

5.1 Phenomenal Behaviors

Description: Students will explore the various ways that Earth changes over time due to different forces. Students will discover how different animals behave in their environments and analyze the difference between instinctual and learned behaviors. They will explore how destruction of the environment by humans can cause additional devastating damage that is long lasting and hard to repair. 

Georgia Standards of Excellence 

  • S5E1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to identify surface features on the Earth caused by constructive and/or destructive processes.
    • b. Develop simple interactive models to collect data that illustrate how changes in surface features are/were caused by constructive and/or destructive processes.
  • S5L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information showing that some characteristics of organisms are inherited and other characteristics are acquired.
    • a. Ask questions to compare and contrast instincts and learned behaviors.

Next Generation Science Standards

  • 4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

 

5.2 A Shark’s Sixth Sense

Description: In this program the students will explore the relatedness of sharks and rays. By the end, they will be able to describe various ways that sharks and rays are both similar and how they differ. Students will discover how electromagnetism plays a role in shark and ray behavior and feeding. They will then learn how scientists are using electromagnetism to aid in the conservation efforts for these animals. Students can also be proactive in these conservation efforts as they dive into the world of sharks and rays.

Georgia Standards of Excellence 

  • S5L1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to group organisms using scientific classification procedures.
    • a. Develop a model that illustrates how animals are sorted into groups (vertebrate and invertebrate) and how vertebrates are sorted into groups (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal) using data from multiple sources.
  • S5P3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about magnetism and its relationship to electricity.
    • a. Construct an argument based on experimental evidence to communicate the differences in function and purpose of an electromagnet and a magnet. (Clarification statement: Function is limited to understanding temporary and permanent magnetism.)

Next Generation Science Standards

  • MS-PS2-3 Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.

5.3 Big Changes, Small Organisms

Description: In this program, students will focus on microscopic organisms and their role in the ecosystem. They will discuss how these organisms are affected by temperature change and how their relationship with other organisms benefits the system as a whole. Additionally, they will identify how climate change is affecting the life of these microscopic organisms.

Georgia Standards of Excellence

  • S5L4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how microorganisms benefit or harm larger organisms.
    • a. Construct an argument using scientific evidence to support a claim that some microorganisms are beneficial.
  • S5P1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain the differences between a physical change and a chemical change.
    • b. Construct an argument based on observations to support a claim that the physical changes in the state of water are due to temperature changes, which cause small particles that cannot be seen to move differently.

Next Generation Science Standards

  • MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the roles of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
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