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Elementary School

G3 Visits the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Grade 3 students visited Shanghai Ocean Aquarium as part of their Science unit on Animal Lifecycles and Traits. Students investigated the unique and diverse lifecycles of animals, their inherited and acquired traits and variation in animal traits because of environmental factors. This was a transdisciplinary unit with students researching and writing about different animals in literacy. 

This field trip was an excellent opportunity for students to dive deeper into their learning and further develop their research skills. They gathered information about different organisms through observations and investigating data from various informational displays and presentations at the aquarium. 

The learning and field trip was connected to the following learning standards: 

  • Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles, but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
  • Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.  
  • Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. 

This experience gave students another opportunity to learn in their real-world environment, see how learning can be fun, and make important connections. Here are some of their reflections. 

  • The electric eel was enormous! It can grow up to 2m and weigh up to 20kgs! 
  • The aquarium was so much fun! 
  • We saw animals we didn’t even know existed! 
  • We got to touch the starfish! 
  • My favorite thing was the penguin feeding.
  • The best part was the underwater tunnel; I saw a shark up close! 
  • I learned about jellyfish traits and how it moves. There were lots of variations of jellyfish in different colors and sizes.