Our inquiry-based curriculum is designed to motivate and engage your students and support the Next Generation Science Standards through classroom or field experiences.

Ocean critter crafts at the Discovery Lab at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Curriculum for Grades PreK-2

  • Bird Feeding Strategies

    Grades PreK-2

    Bird Feeding Strategies

    What might beak shape tell you about how a bird gets food?

  • Crabs

    Grades PreK-2

    Crabs

    What behaviors and body parts do crabs have to help them survive?

  • Dishpan Tide Pool

    Grades PreK-2

    Dishpan Tide Pool

    What happens to rocky shore animals when tides and waves change?  

Curriculum for Grades 3-5

  • Beach Contamination

    Grades 3-5

    Beach Contamination

    How can hazardous waste be cleaned up with the least impact on the environment while keeping within a budget?

  • Beach in a Pan

    Grades 3-5

    Beach in a Pan

    How do waves shape beaches?

  • Decode a Fish

    Grades 3-5

    Decode a Fish

    What patterns do we observe in the body shapes of fishes that live in the same habitat?

  • Find Your Beach

    Grades 3-5

    Find Your Beach

    Do all beaches look alike? Where did their sand come from? 

  • Habitat in a Bucket

    Grades 3-5

    Habitat in a Bucket

    What questions can be asked and tested in order to better understand a habitat?

  • Ooey Gooey

    Grades 3-5

    Ooey Gooey

    How is energy transferred through organisms in an ocean food web?

  • Shark Anatomy

    Grades 3-5

    Shark Anatomy

    What are internal and external structures that help a shark survive?

  • Shower Curtain Watershed

    Grades 3-5

    Shower Curtain Watershed

    What is a watershed and how do humans affect its health?

  • Wind and Waves

    Grades 3-5

    Wind and Waves

    What causes ocean waves?

Curriculum for Grades 6-8

  • Be a Scientist

    Grades 6-8

    Be a Scientist

    How might the biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem be connected?

  • Light in the Deep Sea

    Grades 6-8

    Light in the Deep Sea

    How are deep sea animals adapted to their habitat? 

  • Plastics in the Water Column

    Grades 6-8

    Plastics in the Water Column

    Where can you find plastic in the water column and how might it affect the animals that live there?

  • Plastics: Reduce Use or Recycle?

    Grades 6-8

    Plastics: Reduce Use or Recycle?

    How do we use plastics? Are there better or worse uses of plastics?

Curriculum for Grades 9-12

  • Gyre in a Bottle

    Grades 9-12

    Gyre in a Bottle

    How can a model describe how microplastics move in the ocean? 

  • Plastics Use Audit

    Grades 9-12

    Plastics Use Audit

    What types of plastics do we use the most? How can we reduce our use of single‐use plastics?

  • The Power of pH: Changing Ocean Chemistry

    Grades 9-12

    The Power of pH: Changing Ocean Chemistry

    How does carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels affect the health of the ocean?