Grades 6-8 Instructor-Led Programs

Our Instructor-Led programs provide focused learning opportunities where students can expand their understanding of aquatic ecosystems. Programs are aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and include a downloadable Teacher Guide with pre- and post-visit activities. Instructor-Led programs are 45 minutes in length. Groups will have the remainder of their time at the Aquarium to explore the wonders of the aquatic worlds.

Programs take place Monday-Friday and are scheduled for: 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.

Admission to all presentations is included with your ticket but is subject to timing and availability. We are not able to adjust instructor led program to accommodate for show times.

Annual passes are not valid for school programs.

Program Options:

Undersea Investigators
Have you ever asked yourself why animals behave the way they do? Through research, we can better understand our animals and those in nature. As Undersea Investigators, students will discover how research is conducted while gaining insights into the underwater world.

  • Essential Questions
    --What is the relevance, purpose and process of scientific investigation?
    --How does research improve our knowledge and understanding of animals and ecosystems?
    --How are living things connected?
  • Key Concepts
    --Research is the process of scientific investigation that helps scientists learn more about living organisms and their environment.
  • Skills
    --Asking questions, data collection, analysis

Click here to download a Teacher Guide for this program. ​

Myth Busters: Shark Edition

Sharks are portrayed as lean, mean hunting machines, but is there more behind those jaws than meets the eye? Separate fact from fiction as we discover a variety of shark species at Georgia Aquarium. From blacktip reef sharks to zebra sharks, learn how scientists classify these awe-inspiring species based on physical characteristics and behaviors. Throughout our journey, we will discuss how sharks and their ecosystems depend on one another, and how humans have affected this relationship over time.

  • Essential Questions
    --How does a system of living and nonliving things operate to meet the needs of the organisms in an ecosystem?
    --How do organisms change over time in response to changes in the environment?
    --How do human activities affect Earth systems?
  • Key Concepts
    --Oceanography, natural hazards, human impact on earth systems, diversity of living organisms, interdependent relationships in ecosystems, classification
  • Skills
    --Ask quality questions, define problems, use hypotheses, cause and effect

Click here to download a Teacher Guide for this program. ​

Sponsored Education Admissions
Georgia Aquarium developed the Sponsored Education Admissions (SEA) program in an effort to ensure diverse audiences, regardless of economic status, have an opportunity to participate in our unique educational experiences at a reduced rate or free of charge. Through the generous contributions of local and national individuals, foundations and corporations, we are able to offer this gift to schools and nonprofit organizations operating in the state of Georgia. The availability of funds will determine the number of schools/nonprofit organizations selected to receive sponsored admission.

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