Open 9 am - 5 pm

What to expect

  • Students work in pairs using dissection tools to explore squid anatomy
  • Students generate their own questions and pursue investigations to answer them
  • Teacher and chaperones may participate
  • Students present their findings to each other

Key concepts: adaptations, predator/prey relationships, anatomy, ocean habitat, STEM Careers
Skills:
inquiry, scientific investigation, collaboration and communication

Labs at Your School

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
Kids in a squid dissection course put thin slices of skin onto microscope slides to look at up close.

Grades 3-5

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

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

Standards

  • NGSS: 3-LS4-2, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3,3-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS2-1
  • Common Core Standards: ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1, ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1, ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1 , ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7, ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.4
  • Amplify Connections: 3 – Environments and Survival; 4 – Vision and Light

Grades 6-8

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

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

Standards

  • NGSS: MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2
  • Common Core Standards: RST.6-8.3, WHST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, SL.8.1

Accessibility

Program includes:

  • 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.
  • Viewing a tablet screen with videos and images.

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.

Allergy Notice:

The Squid Dissection Learning Lab includes close interaction with squid, including, but not limited to: handling squid with gloves, interacting with squid fluids in a laboratory setting, and being in a room where the smell of seafood is apparent. Squid are considered shellfish and participants who have a shellfish allergy should be aware of this type of interaction. For questions about this lab and allergies, please contact [email protected].

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Class Size

Up to 30 students

Duration

90 minutes

Price

$125 per program

location

Shedd Aquarium

Partners

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