Open 9 am - 6 pm
Students gather around a video projector and ask questions as a Shedd expert broadcasts a live Virtual Field Trip session.
Lise Watson, one of Shedd's shark experts, places a target in the water to attract the attention of one of Shedd's zebra sharks and begin a feeding 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: biodiversity, animal behavior, adaptations, conservation, life cycle, STEM careers

Skills: observation, data collection, problem-solving, simple fractions, design

Standards

  • NGSS: K-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, K-2-ETS1-2
  • Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K-2.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.1
  • Amplify Connections: K – The Needs of Plants and Animals; 1 – Plant and Animal Defenses

Grades 3-5

Key concepts: biodiversity, animal behavior, adaptations, conservation, life cycle, STEM careers

Skills: observation, data collection, problem-solving, multiplication and fractions, design

Standards

  • NGSS: 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1, 5-ESS3-1
  • Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3-5.1
  • Amplify Connections: 3 – Environments and Survival

Grades 6-8

Key concepts: biodiversity, animal behavior, adaptations, conservation, life cycle, STEM careers

Skills: observation, data collection, problem-solving, multiplication and fractions, design

Standards

  • NGSS: MS-LS2-2 
  • Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.9
  • Amplify Connections: Evolutionary History; Chapter 1: Finding Species Similarities, Chapter 2: Investigating Body Structure Differences

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