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School Program Descriptions

Programs are 30-45 minutes and can be scheduled at 1O:OO AM, 11:00 AM and noon. Often, special programs or times can be scheduled to accommodate your visit. Please call Group Reservations at (423) 265-0698 or (800) 262- 0695 for specific guidelines or visit our website at http://www.tennesseeaquarium.org.

Grade Level K - 2


Program Title: Jellyfish Dream

Lesson:
Learn about the life of jellyfish, how they swim, what they eat, how they sting and how they reproduce.

Conservation Message: All life on Earth exists as part of an ecosystem.

Program Description: Join J. J., a young child who is curious about the ocean world and uses the power of imagination to transform into a beautiful jellyfish, J. J. travels through the ocean meeting other exciting species of jellies as well as jelly predators. Students explore with J.J. to discover what a jellyfish is, how and why jellies sting and more. Students also learn about the ocean habitat jellyfish need to survive.

This program is taught in the 185 seat Auditorium.

    


Program Title:
Life Cycles

Lesson: Learn about life cycles focusing on animal growth and development.

Conservation Message: All life on Earth exists as part of an ecosystem.

Program Description: Piece together the different stages of individual life cycles as students discover and compare how animals grow and develop. Students gain an understanding of metamorphosis and the needs of all living things as they meet live, crawling creatures. Finally, students work in teams to complete a puzzle depicting an animal's complete life cycle.

This program is taught in the Discovery Classroom, Biology Lab and Think.The classroom(s) will be assigned to best meet the size and schedule of your group.

 




Program Title:
Animal Adaptations

Lesson: Learn about protective coloration of animals and their struggle for survival.

Conservation Message: All life on Earth exists as part of an ecosystem.

Program Description: We play hide and seek as a fun game, but many animals play hide and seek to survive! This highly interactive program uses pictures, props and live animals to introduce students to the many colorful ways animals blend into their environment. Everyone creates their own camouflaged critter to take home.

This program is taught in the Discovery Classroom, Biology Lab and Think Tank. The classroom(s) will be assigned to best meet the size and schedule of your group.

Grade Level 3 - 5



Program Title: Stream Scene

Lesson: Learn about animal adaptations for survival in freshwater streams and the role of indicator organisms in assessing water quality.

Conservation Message: An impact on any element of an ecosystem has ramifications throughout the ecosystem.

Program Description: Discover ways to determine the health of a stream by its inhabitants. See unique adaptations of animals that live their life in cold mountain streams when you become stream creatures as we play a game of understanding and find out how things in and around the stream can change its ability to support life.

This program is taught in the Discovery Classroom, Biology Lab and Think Tank. The classroom(s) will be assigned to best meet the size and schedule of your group.



Program Title: Wonderful Working Wetlands

Lesson: Discover the environmental importance and function of wetland ecosystems.

Conservation Message: Healthy ecosystems provide us many essential services and benefits.

Program Description: Are swamps, marshes and bogs really dark, spooky places full of mosquitoes, mud, snakes and all sorts of creepy things? No one would want to visit or live there, or would they? Students meet living inhabitants of three wetland ecosystems and gain an understanding of the adaptations that allow organisms to survive in these watery environments, Students work in teams to discover the connections between animals and plants while playing a food web game.

This program is taught in the Discovery Classroom, Biology Lab and Think Tank. The classroom(s) will be assigned to best meet the size and schedule of your group.

 



Program Title: Build a Jelly

Lesson: Learn jelly anatomy, simple physiology and natural history.

Conservation Message: We have the responsibility to act, to be good stewards and to leave a healthy ecosystem for our families and future generations.

Program Description: They are spineless, brainless and heartless, but jellies still have the ability to travel thousands of miles, feed, defend themselves and reproduce. Students learn how jellies accomplish these feats by becoming the different parts of a jelly that swims, stings, eats and excretes!

This program is taught in the 185 seat Auditorium.

  Auditorium programs introduce students to fascinating creatures and get them up out of their seats to participate. Be sure to sign up for a free auditorium program. The auditorium is located in the River Journey building.

   

 


Grade Level 6 - 8



Program Title: Aquarium Jeopardy

Lesson: Learn about habitats, conservation and animals exhibited at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Conservation Message: All life on Earth exists as part of an ecosystem.

Program Description: Test your knowledge about animals and habitats exhibited at the Tennessee Aquarium as well as some environmental threats to their survival through this fun, interactive game. We provide the answers and your student teams supply the questions! Finally, your team has the chance to risk it all, wagering all or part of your points in the Final Jeopardy challenge.

This program is taught in the 185 seat Auditorium.

 



Program Title: The Scientific Name Game

Lesson: Learn why scientific names are created and how they are used as tools in science.

Conservation Message: Human beings are an integral part of all ecosystems.

Program Description: When two different things share the same common name all sorts of confusion can occur. In this program, students will see how scientists use Greek and Latin root words to create unique binomial names. Finishing off with a game and creating new names really helps this dive into etymology make a big splash for students.

This program is taught in the Discovery Classroom, Biology Lab and Think Tank. The classroom(s) will be assigned to best meet the size and schedule of your group.



Program Title: Plankton Power

Lesson: Learn more about plankton and their role in the ocean.

Conservation Message: All life on Earth exists as, part of an ecosystem.

Program Description: What do the largest whales in the ocean have in common with the smallest mussels in a river? All depend on plankton as a food source. Your students explore a variety of interesting adaptations that help plankton survive as they participate in the Great Phytoplankton Race. Who can build the slowest sinking plankton? Join us for your chance to compete!

This program is taught in the Discovery Classroom, Biology Lab and Think Tank. The classroom(s) will be assigned to best meet the size and schedule of your group.

 

 
 
 

Grade Level 9 - 12



Program Title: Seahorse Rescue Mission

Lesson: how to test water for basic impurities. Discuss effects on animal populations.

Conservation Message: We have the responsibility ,to act, to be good stewards and to leave a healthy ecosystem for our families and future generations.

Program Description: Seahorse populations are declining and we need your help! Students complete background research and conduct chemical water tests as they determine the source of the pollution. Can your group save the seahorses?

This program is taught in the Discovery Classroom, Biology Lab and Think Tank. The classroom(s) will be assigned to best meet the size and schedule of your group.

   
Lunch and Learn (Grade Level: Pre K - 12)



Lunch and Learn programs are scheduled Monday through Friday at 11:00 AM, Noon and 1:00 PM

Lesson: Learn about adaptations of fascinating animals found around the world.

Conservation Message: All life on Earth exists as part of an ecosystem.

Program Description: Wish you had time for an education program? Need a warm, dry place for lunch? Meet both of these challenges by joining us for a "Lunch and Learn" program, You supply the lunch and we'll provide the education. Students view a short (20 min.) video while they eat and then meet one of the education animals or test their skill in a challenging game.

  • Pre K-2nd grade students focus on animal senses.
  • Pre K-8th grade students discover the amazing world of penguins.
  • 3rd-5th grade students investigate reptiles.
  • 6th-12th grade students explore biodiversity and its relevance in our lives.
 



Lunch and Learn programs are offered throughout the school year in the Biology Lab, Think Tank and the Discovery Classroom. Maximum student group size is 100 (students will be split between the three classrooms) and the minimum group size is 10. Seating is available for students and adult chaperones; additional adults may not have chairs.

For more information, call Jennifer Latour at (800) 262-0695 ext. 4050 or e-mail at JAL@tnaqua.org. To schedule your Lunch and Learn program, call (800) 262-0695 and ask for Group Reservations.

 


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