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Virtual Aquaclass / L'AquaClasse Virtuelle

Recommended for Grades Preschool - 12

The Virtual AquaClass is an opportunity for students unable to come in person to connect live with the Vancouver Aquarium. Running via Gotomeetings or WebEx, the students will be able to participate in a thirty minutes class that will allow them to experience the Aquarium, a variety of animals and with the help of a staff member and some visual props, learn about scientific concepts and the way different animals live and interact in various environments and ecosystems.

After the class, up to a half-hour AquaDialogue will take place during which students will get one-on-one time with our expert staff to ask any questions they may have and discuss further the world of oceans and marine life.

*The program is customizable upon request to answer more specifically the needs of each class.*

 Please subscribe to the Teachers’ Newsletter for the most up-to-date information.

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The 30 minutes AquaDialogue can also be done as a pre or post add-on to any Outreach Program, on-site School Program or self-directed tour.

The AquaDialogue can also be done as a stand-alone 30 minutes discussion with our expert staff.

 


 

L'AquaClasse Virtuelle est l'occasion pour les étudiants, incapables de venir en personne, de se connecter en direct avec l'Aquarium de Vancouver. Fonctionnant via Google Hangouts, les étudiants seront en mesure de participer à une classe d’une demi-heure qui leur permettra de faire l'expérience de l'Aquarium, une variété d'animaux et à l'aide d'un membre du personnel et quelques accessoires visuels, de découvrir des concepts scientifiques et la façon dont différents animaux vivent et interagissent dans divers environnements et écosystèmes. 

Après la classe, jusqu'à une demi-heure de AquaDialogue aura lieu au cours duquel les étudiants pouront parler en tête-à-tête avec notre personnel expérimenté pour poser toutes questions qu'ils peuvent avoir et discuter davantage du monde des Océans et de la vie marine.

* Le programme est adaptable sur demande pour répondre plus précisément aux besoins de chaque classe.*

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Les 30 minutes d’AquaDialogue peuvent également prendre place en tant que pré ou post module aux Outreach Programmes, programmes scolaires sur place ou tours autogérés. 

L’AquaDialogue peut également se faire comme une discussion autonome de 30 minutes avec notre personnel expérimenté.

Inscrivez-vous à la Teachers’ Newsletter pour les informations les plus courantes.

Virtual Aquaclass / L'AquaClasse virtuelle

Program Details

Availability 

September 21, 2017 – March 16, 2018

Days: Thursdays and Fridays 

April 3 – June 22, 2018

Days: Tuesdays - Fridays 

Delivery: Online via Gotomeeting or Google Hangouts
Time: Anytime between 7am - 9:30am (Pacific Standard Time)
Duration: Booked in 30 minute blocks

How To Book

Please send all inquiries for booking this program to education@ocean.org. Please have several available dates ready in case some are already booked.

 


 

Disponibilités 

21 Septembre , 2017 – 16 Mars, 2018

Jours: Jeudis et vendredis 

3 Avril – 22 Juin, 2018

Days: Mardis - vendredis 

En ligne via Gotomeeting ou Google Hangouts
Horaires: heure de votre choix entre 07h00 et 09h00 du matin (Pacific Standard Time)
Duration: reservable en blocs de 30 minutes

Pour réserver

Veuillez envoyer toute demande de réservations et questions concernant ce programme à education@ocean.org. S'il vous plaît, veuillez avoir plusieurs possibilités de dates disponibles au cas où certains jours soit déjà réservés.

Fee Information

The Virtual AquaClass program is currently free for a limited period.

Class Size

Classes can be of any size as long as they have access to a working internet connection and a video/sound system. The amount of time individual students will have to ask questions and interact will depend greatly on the number of students in on the call.

Activities and Lesson Plans

You will be sent exclusive materials for your class upon booking.

 


 

Informations Pratiques

L'AquaClasse Virtuelle est actuellement gratuite pour une durée limitée.

Capacité

Les classes peuvent être de toute taille tant qu’elles ont accès à une connection internet et un equipement avec son/video. La quantité de temps que chaque étudiant aura pour poser des questions et interagir dépendra grandement du nombre d'étudiants dans l'appel. 

Activités et Plan de leçon

Nous vous enverrons des matériaux exclusifs pour votre classe lors de la réservation.


Learning Outcomes

This program is available to classes all over the world, and in settings such as our Tropical gallery or behind the scenes in our Wetlab. For this reason, we have a suggested range of topics below, though you are welcome to inquire about a specific topic you have in mind.

Students will be prompted to ask questions that lead to exploration and investigation.

Students in grades K to 3 will have the opportunity to use their senses to interpret observations, share with others the information obtained by observing and communicate their experiences while thinking in a variety of ways.

Students in grades 4 to 7 will apply critical thinking skills to compare the structures and behaviours of animals in different habitats and how organisms adapt to their environments. They will also have the opportunity to discuss how personal choices can impact the environment and discuss why sustainability is important.

Students in grades 8 to 10 will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the characteristics of living things and discuss the interactions of biotic and abiotic factors within an ecosystem.

Students in grades 11 and 12 will apply the Kingdom system of classification to study the diversity of organisms and determine and investigate the different environmental issues facing marine wildlife.

Classes will take place in one of the following habitats: The Arctic, the Tropics, The Strait of Georgia and our very own Wetlab classroom.

Program Content:

K – 3: Observations; adaptations and the needs of organisms; interactions of living things in their environments

Students will be introduced to the concept of animal survival and the different things that all living organisms need to stay alive. The class will be presented with the importance of making observations in science to describe animals and understand how they live. The students will discuss adaptations, what they are, and go over the different kinds of adaptations that various animals have evolved over time to survive in their environments.

4 – 7: Biodiversity; food webs; interactions between organisms and adaptations

Students will discuss biodiversity and the different types of animals and plants that can be found in the ocean and wetlands. Together, we will analyze the roles of animals as part of interconnected food webs and communities. The students will be prompted to discuss how the different organisms adapt to their environments. Via a couple of specific examples, we will touch on the scientific method and how it helps us understand how animals live and interact with each other.

8 – 10: Ecosystems; Climate Change and animal reproduction

Through inquiry based dialogue, the class will discuss and observe what ecosystems are, how they function and the different components that make them. We will discuss climate change, both natural and anthropogenic, and how the sensitive balance of ecosystems can be threatened by climate change. Biodiversity makes for healthy ecosystems. Reproduction is very important for animal survival and biodiversity. Together, we will discuss how animals reproduce and the various kinds of reproduction methods found in the ocean.

11 & 12: Classification; Taxonomy and Phylogeny; human impacts on wildlife

Together and with live examples, the class will have a discussion on what classification, taxonomy and phylogeny are; why and how we classify animals and the importance of doing so. We will observe and compare different animals belonging to several kingdoms and phyla and put to practice how different morphological and behavioural traits help us classify animals. As a class, we will deliberate what the numerous human impacts on the oceans are and what can be done to help make sure that have positive impacts on marine life.

 
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