Step into the role of a fisheries biologist and examine a fish critical to habitats in the Great Lakes region during a hands-on dissection. Students perform an external and internal physical examination to determine the health of their specimen. Scenario-based evidence gathered during the dissection is used to determine if local hatcheries are releasing healthy fish into Chicago lakes.
9 to 12
$125 per program
Learning Labs are inquiry-based lab programs in which students gain skills in scientific methods, collaboration, communication, teamwork and more. Learning Labs can take place at Shedd Aquarium or at a school.
What to expect
- Students work in small groups using dissection tools to perform a guided fish necropsy
- Students collect data on physical conditions of their fish using microscopes and other laboratory equipment
- Teachers and chaperones may participate
- Students analyze and discuss their data
Key concepts: adaptations, physiology, anatomy, pathology, animal health, STEM Careers
Skills: scientific investigation and method, collaboration and communication, inquiry, qualitative and quantitative data collection
- Use of tools like scissors, forceps, tablets, and microscopes
- Use of stairs; elevators are available
- Work taking place at standard tables with chairs provided
- Moving short distances
- The learning environment as part of this lesson may include the following sensory triggers: unusual noises-which may be loud, low or moderate; changes in lighting; unusual smells; touch sensitivity due the use of tight-fitting gloves; and, participants may get wet or dirty.
We believe there should be no boundaries to your Shedd Aquarium experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at [email protected] or 312-939-2438. We look forward to assisting you.
Labs at Your School
New this year. Have Shedd Educators come to your school to facilitate a Learning Lab program. These programs are available three days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays!Read More , on the Labs at Your School page
Next Generation Science Standards: HS-LS2-8.
Common Core Standards: WHST.9-12.7, RST.1 1-12.7.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Up to 30 students
$125 per program
This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.