What if your students woke up one morning and discovered they had fins and scales? Which ocean habitat would they call "home?" Help them discover the answers to these and other fish mysteries through the aquarium's Ocean Explorer Mystery Fish standards-based teaching unit. The unit integrates a field trip to the aquarium and pre-visit and post-visit classroom activities.
Chaperones use the Group Exploration Guide to record student observations during their focused aquarium visit. At the Open Sea and Kelp Forest exhibits, they compare the characteristics and behaviors of two fish: the tuna and sheephead. Students then encounter the "mystery fish" and try to determine which habitat is its home. Standards
Students choose ocean habitats and design mystery fish using information they have compiled about fish and fish habitats. They create clues to help classmates figure out where the mystery fish live. Standards
This culminating activity encourages students to include all they have learned about fish characteristics, behaviors, habitats and conservation in a creative story. Using their handprint or footprint as an outline, they draw fish to illustrate their stories. Standards
Animal Field Guide
Animal Guide of marine animals and plants with photos, diet, range, habitat and conservation notes.
Fish Fact Cards
Printable animal fact cards including fish in several different habitats.