Education

Live from Behind the Scenes

Join us for a virtual visit from your classroom to a unique behind-the-scenes destination only available to students!

How does Shedd Aquarium meet the needs of its diverse animal collection? Videoconferencing technology allows your students to witness rarely seen animal care activities as they participate alongside Shedd’s professionals.
Click here to learn more about this new kind of program we’re offering!

Programs can be scheduled between Oct. 22, 2013, and June 5, 2014. Register for a program today.

Animal Health at Shedd

Join us for a routine animal examination in Shedd Aquarium’s state-of-the-art animal hospital. Students observe alongside Shedd’s veterinary staff as they interpret X-rays, vital signs and behavior to assess the health of a Shedd animal. Students can ask a Shedd veterinarian animal health questions and hear about the unique challenges of caring for everything from angelfish to zebra sharks.
 
This program is offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays for grades 3 through 5 and at 10 a.m. on Thursdays for grades 6 through 8.

Grades 3–5
Key concepts: adaptations, life cycles, animal rehabilitation, veterinary science and health technology
Skills: data collection, observation, recognizing patterns, data analysis

Grades 6–8
Key concepts: adaptations, physiology, anatomy, life cycles, animal rehabilitation, veterinary science and health technology
Skills: data collection, observation, recognizing patterns, interpreting data, using data to construct arguments


Penguins at Shedd

Shedd Aquarium is a long way from the chilly waters of the Southern Hemisphere. So how does Shedd provide a habitat for Magellanic and rockhopper penguins that meets their specific needs? Join us inside the penguin habitat to observe these animals up-close and learn some of the surprising ways that Shedd staffers care for these charismatic birds.

This program is offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays for grades 3 through 5 and at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays for grades 6 through 8.

Grades 3−5
Key concepts: adaptations, habitats, enrichment, engineering, behavior, biological needs
Skills: observation, data collection, collaboration and communication, problem solving

Grades 6−8
Key concepts: adaptations, habitats, physiology, behavior, engineering, biological needs, enrichment
Skills: data collection, data synthesis and analysis, collaboration and communication, designing solutions

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