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 K Instructor-Led Programs:

  • K.1 Transportation Station
  • K.2 Light the Way

K.1 Transportation Station

All aboard the ocean of motion express! Have your students ever wondered how aquatic animals move from place to place? From oceans to streams, all animals have distinct ways of getting around their environments. Students will explore the difference between a beluga whale’s movement compared to a whale shark’s. Do sea stars and sea urchins move at all? Students will compare and contrast different ways animals move and even demonstrate some movements themselves!

Georgia Standards of Excellence

  • SKL2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare the similarities and differences in groups of organisms.
    •  a. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how animals can be grouped according to their features.
  • SKP2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and describe different types of motion.
    • b. Construct an argument as to the best way to move an object based on its physical attributes.


Next Generation Science Standards

  • K-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.

K.2 Light the Way

Why do animals rely on changes in the sky to survive? Their behaviors depend on the light from the sun, moon and stars. Sea turtle hatchlings need moonlight to find the ocean, while corals need sunlight to produce food. Why do whale sharks stay at the top of the ocean and how do animals survive at the bottom? Students will identify how the stars, sunlight, and moonlight change the behavior of aquatic animals and analyze the effect humans have on these natural lights.


Georgia Standards of Excellence 

  • SKE1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate observations about time patterns (day to night and night to day) and objects (sun, moon, stars) in the day and night sky.
    • b. Develop a model to communicate the changes that occur in the sky during the day, as day turns into night, during the night, and as night turns into day using pictures and words. (Clarification statement: Students are not expected to understand the tilt of the Earth, rotation, or revolution.)


Next Generation Science Standards

  • 1-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
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