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Sea Sensations

Voulez-vous faire ce programme en Français ? C’est possible le mardi !

Recommended for Kindergarten to Grade 3

New focus on place-based learning

In this program, your students will:

  • Identify the traits that all mammals have in common
  • Explore the adaptations marine mammals must have in order to survive in the ocean
  • Evaluate human impacts on marine mammals’ ability to survive

Sea Sensations is a classroom-based experience designed to inspire students by diving into the colourful world of marine mammals. Students explore 4 stations with an extraordinary hands-on opportunity to explore marine mammals by observing, discussing, and touching live aquatic animals and artifacts from the comfort of our behind the scenes classroom. 

Through this experience, students discover that they can use all their senses to learn about animals. The program opens with identifying “what is a mammal”, followed by students dividing into smaller groups led by our expert educators. Each station includes artifacts such as whale bones, furs, blubber, and live invertebrate animals such as sea stars and sea urchins among much more. The program concludes with a conservation message and direct action plan for students to do their part in conserving the planet.  

Students will be able to identify the basic needs of living things, with special emphasis on whales, sea otters, seals, and sea lions. They will be able to describe how physical or behavioral adaptations meet those needs, and evaluate human impacts on organisms’ ability to survive

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Sea Sensations

Program Details

Availability

April 9 - June 22, 2018  
Type: Behind-The-Scenes Classroom
Days: Wednesdays and Fridays; available in French on Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour

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Fee Information

$16 per student

One teacher/chaperone is admitted free for every five students booked.
A 25% deposit is required to make a booking.

Class Size

Classes require a minimum of 20 students to register. The maximum capacity of the class is limited to 32 students.

Activities and Lesson Plans

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Learning Outcomes

These programs support the Prescribed Learning Outcomes of the B.C. Ministry of Education's new Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) and the Aquarium's conservation mission.

Kindergarten

  • Plants and animals have observable features (Science: Big Ideas)
  • Make exploratory observations using their senses (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Basic needs of plants and animals (Science: Content)
  • Adaptations of local plants and animals (Science: Content)

 Grade 1

  • Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment (Science: Big Ideas)
  • Communicate observations and ideas using oral or written language, drawing or role play (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Consider some environmental consequences of their actions (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Structural features of living things in the local environment (Science: Content)
  • Behavioural adaptations of animals in the local environment (Science: Content)

Grade 2

  • Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment (Science: Big Ideas)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Communicate observations and ideas using oral or written language, drawing or role play (Science: Curricular Competencies)

Grade 3

  • Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems (Science: Big Ideas)
  • Communicate observations and ideas using oral or written language, drawing or role play (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Biodiversity in the local environment (Science: Content)
  • Energy is needed for life (Science: Content)
 
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