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 7 Instructor-Led Programs:

  • 7.1 – Ecosystems of Change
  • 7.2 – Sensational Systems
  • 7.3 – Progressing Populations

7.1 - Ecosystems of Change

Every organism on the planet is connected in one way or another. Discover the many ways that organisms coexist together through the varying ecological levels, the relationships animals have with one another and how resource and food availability is affecting almost every level within the biosphere.


Georgia Standards of Excellence

  • S7L4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments. 
    • a. Construct an explanation for the patterns of interactions observed in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of the ecosystem. (Clarification statement: The interactions include, but are not limited to, predator-prey relationships, competition, mutualism, parasitism, and commensalism.)
    • c. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for how resource availability, disease, climate, and human activity affect individual organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems.


Next Generation Science Standards

  • MS-LS-2-2 Construct an explanation that predict patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

7.2 - Sensational Systems

The human body is complex and new understandings of it continue to emerge, but have you thought about the complex bodies of aquatic animals? Come and learn not only about the human body but about the body systems of different aquatic species.


Georgia Standards of Excellence

  • S7L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe how cell structures, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems interact to maintain the basic needs of organisms.
    • c. Construct an argument that systems of the body (Cardiovascular, Excretory, Digestive, Respiratory, Muscular, Nervous, and Immune) interact with one another to carry out life processes.

Next Generation Science Standards

  • MS-LS1-3 Use arguments supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

7.3 - Progressing Populations

Do Georgia Aquarium animals ever have babies? Do all animals reproduce the same way? Take a quick dip into the ways that animals keep their species surviving and thriving, while learning about Georgia Aquarium’s efforts to keep some of our populations in human care sustainable.


Georgia Standards of Excellence 

  • S7L3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain how organisms reproduce either sexually or asexually and transfer genetic information to determine the traits of their offspring. 
    • b. Develop and use a model to describe how asexual reproduction can result in offspring with identical genetic information while sexual reproduction results in genetic variation. (Clarification statement: Models could include, but are not limited to, the use of monohybrid Punnett squares to demonstrate the heritability of genes and the resulting genetic variation, identification of heterozygous and homozygous, and comparison of genotype vs. phenotype.)


Next Generation Science Standards

  • MS-LS3-2 Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.
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