Grades 3-5 Learning Programs

Science Tech Treks

Our Science Tech Treks for grade 3 through grade 5 are a series of dynamic exhibit-based learning opportunities. These programs get your students into the aquarium to explore, observe and think. They’ll use tablets to photograph and collect data on the animals and their habitats. Then back in the classroom, you’ll receive an electronic copy of your students’ work to build on the field trip experience with engaging post-trip activities. 

Science Tech Treks for grade 3 through grade 5 are available on Tuesdays through Fridays. They can accommodate up to 30 students and are a 40-minute program.

$95 September-March
$125 April-June

Be sure to check out the Field Trip Preparation and Field Trip Follow Up resources to accompany the programs below!

Science Investigators

Working in small groups, students will act as scientists, using a field notebook upcoming tablet app to observe and investigate animals in the Wild Reef exhibit. Observing animals and looking more closely at their behavior lets us learn more about them and make predictions. After the field trip, you will receive an electronic copy of your students’ field notebook observations.

Key Concepts: animal behavior, diversity, feeding strategies

Skills: observations, predictions, science journaling

Resources: Science Investigators Learning Resources

Habitat Designers

Scientists at the aquarium have a big job designing habitats for the thousands of animals here. Your students will investigate with our staff members what it takes to design a habitat. Then, working in small groups, students will explore the exhibits and design their own habitat using an upcoming tablet app. After the field trip, you will receive an electronic copy of your students’ work.

Key Concepts: habitats, animal needs, animal behavior

Skills: observations, research, science journaling, design

Resources: Habitat Designers Learning Resources

Learning Lab

New this school year!
Exploring Anatomy: Squid Dissection is now available for grades 3-5 and offered four days a week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays! They can accommodate up to 30 students and are a 90-minute program.

$125 September-March
$145 April-June

Exploring Anatomy: Squid Dissection

Examine the morphology of a squid during a student-driven dissection. Students work together to identify parts of a squid and explore the many adaptations that help this invertebrate be the predator—not the prey—in its habitat.

Key concepts: adaptations, predator/prey relationships, physiology, anatomy, taxonomy 

Skills: scientific investigation and method, collaboration and communication, group work, presentation, inquiry

This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Institute of Museum and Library Services

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Connecting to the Standards

Shedd's learning labs are designed to support with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards. Learn more information here.

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