Make your field trip a learning expedition by using the following downloadable educational materials. 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. AQUAGUIDE
This guide is designed to help prepare your class for their field trip and help you lead your group as they explore the exhibits in the Aquarium.
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.
PENGUIN PRE & POST QUIZ
Have your students answer these 10 questions before and after their visit to the Penguins' Rock exhibit in our Ocean Journey building. This is a great way to find out what they learn during their visit and a good way to offer some extra credit points! There is no answer key to this quiz; the answers are all numbered in the exhibit.
DICHOTOMOUS KEYS AND FOOD WEB ACTIVITIES
This food web will help you understand the diverse and complicated world of the Delta Swamp in River Journey.
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 make your own.
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.
THE OCEAN WE WANT TO KNOW (animated video)
One World One Ocean's new animated video celebrates the wonders of the ocean with stunning facts about our connection to the planet's lifeline. Print the infographic fact sheet to use with the video.
Find out how much rain falls in a given area using one of these student work sheets for measuring runoff:
OCEAN LITERACY ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES BROCHURE
This guide presents a vision of an ocean-literate society. A practical resource for educators, it outlines the knowledge required to be considered ocean literate in accordance with the National Science Education Standards (NSES). These standards were designed to “guide our nation toward a scientifically literate society” [National Academy of Sciences (NAS), 1996.] and provide criteria to judge progress toward a national vision of science literacy. Click here to open a pdf of the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles brochure.
IMAX MOVIES & EDUCATOR GUIDES
Our exciting IMAX movies offer students an additional learning experience. Click here to see current film schedules. You’ll find a link to the right of the movie poster that takes you to the Educator’s Resource Guide for each film which contains background information and classroom activities.
PLEASE NOTE: During much of the school year, IMAX has a 10am Teacher’s Choice available Monday through Friday. The first group to reserve a minimum of 100 students for this show time, can choose a current film or a past film such as Flight of the Butterflies 3D, Great White Shark 3D, Born to be Wild 3D, To the Arctic 3D, Rocky Mountain Express 2D or Penguins 3D. When you call to make your group reservation, be sure to ask about this option.
RIVER GORGE EXPLORER WATER QUALITY MONITORING
The Tennessee Aquarium monitors the health of the Tennessee River with the help of a sonde – a device that records characteristics of the water at regular intervals. Learn more about the Tennessee River water quality results why it matters to all of us.