Open 9 am - 6 pm
In a classroom, a projector plays live video of a Shedd trainer in the penguin habitat, answering students' questions.
Students gather around a video projector and ask questions as a Shedd expert broadcasts a live Virtual Field Trip session.

Live from Behind the Scenes virtual field trips are interactive digital experiences that bring animals and the staff members who care for them to a school classroom to inspire students with real examples with science.

Grades K-2

Key concepts: adaptations, habitats, enrichment, engineering, behavior, biological needs, STEM careers

Skills: observation, data collection, collaboration and communication, problem-solving

Standards

  • NGSS: K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1
  • Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K-2.5
  • Amplify Connections: K – The Needs of Plants and Animals; 1 – Plant and Animal Defenses

Grades 3-5

Key concepts: adaptations, habitats, enrichment, engineering, behavior, biological needs, STEM careers

Skills: observation, data collection, collaboration and communication, problem-solving

Standards

  • NGSS: 3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1
  • Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3-5.1.D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3-5.2
  • Amplify Connections: 3 – Environments and Survival

Grades 6-8

Key concepts: adaptations, habitats, physiology, behavior, engineering, biological needs, enrichment, STEM careers

Skills: data collection, data synthesis and analysis, collaboration and communication, designing solutions

Standards

    • NGSS: MS-LS4-4, MS-LS3-2, MS-ESS2-6
    • Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4, CCSS-ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2
    • Amplify Connections: 6 – Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate; 6 - Traits and Reproduction; 8 - Natural Selection

Accessibility

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; and, quickly moving, live camera footage.

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.

Availability

Select Tuesdays-Fridays. See program calendar for dates.

Duration

50 minutes

Partners

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

Price

$125 for one group
$95 for an additional group in the same program