Educator Resources

Educator Admisson to Shedd

Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can visit Shedd free by registering for a pass online.

If you’re outside of our four-state area but would still like to learn more about connecting your curriculum to the living world, you can receive $3 off admission to Shedd by showing a valid school I.D. or current paystub at a cashier station when you buy your ticket.

Teacher Newsletter
Shedd Aquarium’s Fish Tales newsletter is a monthly electronic publication designed exclusively for educators. In addition to highlighting aquarium education programs, resources and collections relevant to teaching and learning, Fish Tales inspires creative aquatic science education in the classroom. From professional development opportunities to the latest Shedd news, Fish Tales has a wealth of information for you. For more information regarding Fish Tales, contact us at

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Featured Teachers
Shedd features lessons and activities submitted by teachers to encourage other teachers to use them in their classrooms.

Download Exploring Scientists by 6th grade teacher Kevin Boltz:
Lesson Plan
Teacher Worksheet
Student Worksheet
Research Page
Poster Requirement Worksheet

Antarctica Expedition by Paula Dell
Interact with her expedition.

Trout in the Classroom by Todd Burleson
Program and description

Teacher Resource Trunks
Reserve a new resource through Shedd Aquarium! The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Education Section has resource trunks available for loan to formal and informal educators. Each large plastic container is filled with supplemental items to enhance your lessons. Trunks are available on 10 topics. To schedule a loan, e-mail or call 312-692-3165.

“Great Lakes in My World” Discovery Box
Shedd Aquarium has partnered with the Alliance for the Great Lakes to bring aquatic science with a local flavor into your classroom. Based on the Alliance’s “Great Lakes in My World” K–8 curriculum, the discovery boxes include lesson plans and all the necessary resources to guide your students through an exploration of the Great Lakes environment.
Boxes can be rented for $15 for a maximum of three weeks.
Boxes are available on the following Great Lakes topics:
Water (suggested for grades 4–8)
Habitats (suggested for grades 3–8)
Biodiversity (suggested for grades K–8)

Obtain a copy of the reservation form. For more information, call 312-692-3165 or e-mail

Activity Guides
Shedd Aquarium offers a variety of activity guides that provide classroom teaching tools to make a great connection to the aquarium.

Available activity guides: Amazon Connections, Coral Reefs, Oceans, Penguins, Fishes, and Sharks.

Green Your Classroom
Use ecofriendly cleaners in the classroom.
Ask students to monitor their water use at home and at school; create charts and graphs to discuss the results for reducing water use.
Conduct a waste audit. How many ways can students find to reduce their waste and recycle more?
Compost in your classroom. Request a workshop on demand for your teachers after school to learn how to create and use worm bins in your classroom.
Visit the Creative Reuse Warehouse to get free art and education supplies that have been donated by those no longer needing them.

NOAA Ocean Explorations
Follow along as NOAA scientists explore the depths of the oceans. Connect your students to science learning and aquatic environments with scientist blogs, video footage, and lesson plans created by educators for educators. Each year brings new expeditions from NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration.

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