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 Earth’s Essentials
  • K.2 Moves like Marine Life
  • K.3 Larger than LIGHT

K.1 Earth’s Essentials

Description:

There are many living and nonliving factors on earth that all have different physical attributes. How can nonliving factors (water, air, rocks and soil) be similar but still have different physical characteristics from each other? Which living and nonliving factors can be found in habitats at the Aquarium? Students will investigate the physical properties of living and nonliving factors while comparing and contrasting them.

Georgia Standards of Excellence 

  • SKP1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe objects in terms of the materials they are made of and their physical attributes.
    • a. Ask questions to compare and sort objects made of different materials. (Common materials include clay, cloth, plastic, wood, paper, and metal.)
  • SKE2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe the physical attributes of earth materials (soil, rocks, water, and air).
    • a. Ask questions to identify and describe earth materials—soil, rocks, water, and air.

Next Generation Science Standards

  • K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

 

K.2 Moves like Marine Life

Description:

There are many species of aquatic animals, all of which have distinct ways of getting from place to place. What is 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

  • SKL1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how organisms (alive and not alive) and non-living objects are grouped.
    •  a. Construct an explanation based on observations to recognize the differences between organisms and nonliving objects.
  • SKP2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and describe different types of motion.
    • a. Plan and carry out an investigation to determine the relationship between an object’s physical attributes and its resulting motion (straight, circular, back and forth, fast and slow, and motionless) when a force is applied. (Examples could include toss, drop, push, and pull). 

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.3 Larger than LIGHT

Description: 

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. Some species of fish even spawn during a full moon! Students will identify how aquatic animals use sun and moonlight to survive 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 tilt of the Earth, rotation, or revolution.)

Next Generation Science Standards

  • 1-ESS1-1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.

 

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