A fully complimentary virtual experience, the Education Access Program reinvents the traditional field trip. Students will discover the ways and reasons animals communicate during this multi-touchpoint program.
Bringing education access for young learners in Chicago
Our Education Access Program provides interactive, digital curriculum resources that fully support multiple classroom engagements with Shedd educators. It includes materials and guides for teachers to continue learning by facilitating other lessons with their classroom. All components align with Chicago Public Schools Amplify Science curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards, with a focus on sound waves, animal communication and scientific investigation. Through live footage, photos and videos of animals— students will start to explore animal communication and how scientists study sound in nature. These discoveries will help students develop a solution to a real-world problem involving dolphins and sound.
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Shedd Aquarium's Education Access Program supports students and teachers
The 2020-2021 school year Education Access Program is available to 4th and 5th grade classrooms in Chicago Public Schools. It includes:
- An interactive digital notebook for each student
Teacher lesson plans including:
- a guide for initial Shedd virtual connection
- a lesson plan for a teacher-facilitated sound wave activity
- a guide for the Shedd virtual field trip
- lesson plan for teacher-facilitated extension activity
- Two virtual
connections with Shedd Aquarium
- an initial Shedd virtual connection
- a virtual field trip with Shedd
- Materials for two
- a sound wave lesson
- a Great Lakes conservation extension lesson
All materials are
Google Classroom/Slides-compatible. These virtual lessons are held via Zoom or
Google Meet, as scheduled by the CPS teacher.
For more information on this program, please contact [email protected].
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“As an extension of our mission, engaging partnerships like this connect young learners across Chicago to animals, foster a deeper appreciation for nature and explore their personal role and connection to the natural world”Lisa Junkin Lopez, vice president of learning and community at Shedd