Make your field trip a learning expedition by using the following downloadable educational materials.
Educational Scavenger Hunts
Research shows that the most effective field trips are "limited choice." Try these activities as alternatives to traditional scavenger hunts. Students may work in small groups on their own or lead by a chaperone. Have suggestions for how to improve these guides or want to request new topics? Email the Education Department!
Turn your field trip to the Aquarium into a scavenger hunt! Not only will AquaQuest enhance your students’ learning experience, but they will have fun discovering all the answers. Choose the appropriate grade level below and print a copy of the pdf. Please keep in mind, writing against the exhibits or graphic panels may scratch the acrylic so please provide each student with something to write on such as a notebook or clipboard and a pencil.
|K - 2nd AquaQuest||K - 2nd AquaQuest Answers|
|3rd - 5th AquaQuest||3rd - 5th AquaQuest Answers|
|6th - 8th AquaQuest||6th - 8th AquaQuest Answers|
|9th - 12th AquaQuest||9th - 12th AquaQuest Answers|
These dichotomous keys will help you identify the fish in the Gulf of Mexico and Nickajack Lake exhibits in River Journey and the Secret Reef exhibit in Ocean Journey. Use the blank dichotomous key to making your own.
IMAX Movies & Educator Guides
Our exciting IMAX movies offer students an additional learning experience. Click here to see current film schedules, or ask a reservationist about our "Teacher's Choice" options.
Click the following links to find the educator's guide for the Teacher's Choice options:
Backyard Wilderness: The Wild Around You
Born To Be Wild
Great Barrier Reef
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
National Parks Adventure
Oceans: Our Blue Planet
Under the Sea
Educational supplements are available for visually impaired guests. Each sensory bag consists of a duffel bag (one for Ocean Journey and one for River Journey) which has hands-on props and printed information for dictation. If someone in your group would like to use the sensory bag during their visit, please check with a Guest Services Associate when you arrive.
If none of these topics fit your needs, please contact our Education Department by phone (423-785-4176) or email and we will be happy to direct your request.