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Teaching Resources, Workshops & Standards

In addition to our amazing aquarium experience, we work closely with teachers to develop educational programs to enhance your students' visit. For self-guided visits (admission only), we provide FREE downloadable materials that can be used before, during or after your trip. 

Or, upgrade your field trip with an educational workshop (grades K-5), designed to Texas Education Standars (TEKS). With so much to see and experience you will take learning beyond the classroom and into a new underwater world.

Don't forget that your field trip tickets also include our educational talks and feeding demonstrations throughout the day! 

Book a group of 15+ students today and save up to $10 per person! To book, call 469-444-3004.

 

For Self-Guided Visits

Download these FREE Teacher Notes and Student Exploration Sheets include great educational activities to supplement your visit to SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium. Print one for each of your students to complete as they walk through the aquarium!

Amazing Oceans: PreK-K

Meet the Creatures

PreK-Kindergarten Workshop

  • Objective: Through engaging storytelling and visual props, these young children will enjoy learning about our key creatures and favorite facts.
  • TEKS:

Kindergarten- 112.11(a)(4)(A), 112.11(a)(4)(D), 112.11(b)(2)(A), 112.11(b)(10)(B)

Senses of the Sea

1st-4th Grade Workshop

  • Objective: At this age, children are learning about the world through their 5 senses. This workshop explores which sea creatures are best at each of the senses and how these senses aid them in their environment.
  • TEKS:
  • 1st grade- 112.12 (a)(4), 112.12 (b)(10)(A)
  • 2nd grade- 112.13 (a)(4)(C), 112.13 (b)(10)(A)
  • 3rd grade- 112.14 (b)(9), 112.14 (b)(10)(A), 112.14 (b)(10)(B)
  • 4th grade- 112.15 (b)(10)(A)
  • Vocabulary words:
  1. Polarized light
  2. Echolocation
  3. Nares
  4. Nematocysts
  5. Electroreception

Workshop Resources

These PowerPoint slides aim to inform, encourage discussion and develop your students’ natural interest in the underwater world.

All of our educational materials are based on activities and projects that your class can do before, during and after your visit.

Teacher Resource Pack Grade K-2

Amazing Cephalopods

2-5th Grade Workshop

  • Objective: Through whole group and small groups, the learner will identify four different cephalopods and identify adaptions that help cephalopods to eat, hunt, and protect themselves.
  • TEKS:
    • 2nd grade- 112.13(a)(4)(C), 112.13 (b)(2)(D), 112.13(b)(9), 112.13(b)(10)
    • 3rd grade- 112.14(b)(9), 112.14(b)(10)(A), 112.14(b)(10)(B)
    • 4th grade- 112.15(a)(4)(B), 112.15(b)(10), 112.15(b)(10)(A)
    • 5th grade- 112.16(b)(10)
  • Vocabulary words:
  1. Cephalopod
  2. Enrichment
  3. Camouflage
  4. Predators
  5. Chromatophores
  6. Iridophores
  7. Carnivore

 

Turtle Time

2-5th Grade Workshop

  • Objective: Students will understand what a sea turtle is, differences between a land and sea turtle, adaptations specifically for sea turtles, and sea turtle conservation.
  • TEKS:
    • 2nd grade- 112.13 (a)(4)(C), 112.13 (b)(9)(B), 112.13 (b)(10)(A)
    • 3rd grade- 112.14 (a)(4)(C), 112.14 (b)(1)(B), 112.14 (b)(10)(A), 112.14 (b)(10)(B)
    • 4th grade- 112.15 (a)(4)(B), 112.15 (b)(10)
    • 5th grade- 112.16 (b)(1)(B), 112.16 (b)(10)(A), 112.16 (b)(10)(B)
  • Vocabulary words
  1. Reptiles                                 6. Scutes                                      
  2. Brackish                                7. Prey                                    
  3. Carapace                               8. Carnivorous                                  
  4. Plastron                                 9. Incubation                    
  5. Pelagic                                 10. Conservation                

Shark School

3-6th Grade Workshop

  • Objective: Through whole group instruction and small groups, the learner will identify simple shark anatomy, what kind of teeth they have and why, identify adaptions that help them to survive, and identify ways to help shark conservation.
  • TEKS:
    1. 3rd - 112.14(b)(9), 112.14(b)(10)(A), 112.14(b)(10)(B)
    2. 4th -112.15(a)(3), 112.15(a)(4)(B), 112.15(b)(10), 112.15(b)(10)(A)
    3. 5th – 112.16(b)(10)
    4. 6th – 112.18
  • Vocabulary words:
  1. Elasmobranch                       6. Ovoviviparous
  2. Prey                                        7. Crustaceans
  3. Spiracles                               8. Conservation
  4. Oviparous                             9.   Overfishing
  5. Viviparous                           10. Bycatch

Marine Careers

7th-12th Grade Workshop

  • Objective: Students will become aware of marine careers (specifically an aquarist career) and all of the required duties to thrive within the field. They also will get to see photos of what it’s like to be an Aquarist here at SEA LIFE.

Workshop Resources

These PowerPoint slides aim to inform, encourage discussion and develop your students’ natural interest in the underwater world.

All of our educational materials are based on activities and projects that your class can do before, during and after your visit.

Teacher Resource Pack Grades 3- 6

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