While the citywide stay-at-home order continues, we are committed to continuing to bring you educational and engaging learning experiences that bring you eye to eye with animals at Shedd Aquarium and their remarkable underwater biology and aquatic biodiversity.
Stay Home Video and Activity Series
As you embark on your journey as an animal scientist, keep your activity notes organized by making a Science Journal.
Episode 1: Penguins
What is life like as a penguin? While these flightless birds don’t take to the skies, underwater it’s a different story. Penguins are swift swimmers, literally flying underwater as fast as 15 mph. Instead of wings, they have powerful flippers that enable them to dive for their prey, avoid predators, and play! Penguins have many other adaptations that help them survive—inducing their iconic black and white coloration! Join us as we uncover all the (surprising!) ways penguins coloring helps them thrive.
After you have watched the Penguins Stay at Home video, take a deeper dive by exploring additional adaptations of both penguins and the birds in your backyard. You’ll investigate more unique penguin and bird features and create a science journal to record your work. Work on your own or with your family and share your findings with us @SheddLearning using hashtag #StayHomeWithShedd.
Episode 2: Turtles
It’s turtle time! Whether it’s a graceful sea turtle with its streamlined body or a yellow-footed tortoise with its fortress-like shell, don't be fooled by turtles’ reputation as slow pokes. Turtles can be surprisingly speedy—fast swimmers, fast hiders and fast learners! Join us as we unpack this myth of speed. Ready, set, go!
After you have watched the turtle episode of Stay Home with Shedd Aquarium, take a deeper dive by exploring different turtle species and the habitats they call home. You’ll investigate turtle’s needs, play a population game and become a Habitat Hero! Work on your own or with your family and share your findings with us @SheddLearning using hashtag #StayHomeWithShedd.
Stay tuned for more videos and activities, coming soon!
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“Stay Home. Hit Play.” inaugural episode with Shedd Aquarium
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Citadel bring Shedd Aquarium to you! This weekly video series delivers engaging educational programming from Chicago cultural institutions to students and families across the city, kicking off with Shedd Aquarium. Along with each episode, families, students and educators will find corresponding activities for all ages to further engage with each museum experience.
After you’ve watched Mayor Lightfoot’s virtual tour of Shedd Aquarium, we invite you to reflect on the biodiversity of Earth’s ecosystems, starting with coral reefs, by using the following activities for families and students of all ages and abilities. We encourage families to work together on learning activities and then share what they’ve crafted @HitPlayChicago and @SheddLearning, using hashtags #StayHomeHitPlay and #EarthMonthIn. We can hardly wait to see your creations!
Use the links below to get instructions for these activities. We hope you enjoy your virtual tour with Mayor Lightfoot! Let us know at @HitPlayChicago!
Cling on to Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, supporting a multitude of life in our oceans. In this activity, explore coral reefs from the comfort of your own home! Watch a video about coral reef habitats and see how many different animals you can find. Then use the animals you observe as inspiration to create your own coral reef scene on a window at home with materials you already have.
Zoom in on Backyard Diversity
After you’ve investigated coral reef biodiversity in the sea, apply the same skills to explore your local green space. Make a pair of cardboard binoculars to help you hone your observation skills. Find a nearby lawn, tree, or other green area; take the time to look closely and see what you discover! Record what types of wildlife, colors, textures, or patterns you see. You don’t have to travel far to appreciate the nature in your own back yard!
Pledge to Conserve with Shedd Aquarium
Finally, whether it’s in a far-away coral reef or a garden in our back yard, humans and wildlife are all connected. We all share Earth as our home. Our actions matter. Come up with a pledge that will have a positive effect on the environment and wildlife. Together, our actions can have a big impact!