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Students become familiar with the vocabulary of trout streams and what makes them healthy.  In this Trout Stream instructional activity, students design a backdrop for a trout aquarium. Students research through books and film to gather information to decorate their backdrop.
Students watch videos about unusual fish behavior and write to marine scientists about the proper care of fish. In this fish lesson plan, students watch the videos on how to properly transfer fish to saltwater, and they do so in an aquarium.
Students investigate a variety of sea stars at Monterey Bay Aquarium and do hands-on activities, sing starfish songs and sort sea stars by size, color and shape.
If your upper elementary or middle school marine biology learners are going to visit an aquarium, then here is a field trip activity guide for you. It is written specifically for The Maritime Aquarium, but the idea can be adapted to any aquarium excursion. On an activity sheet, observers describe defense mechanisms, possible predators, the habitat for one of the organisms on display. Plenty of materials are provided for you to use in preparing marine biologists for this activity.
Although the lesson plan was written for learners about to visit an aquarium, there is plenty of valuable material here, even without access to the specified exhibit. Advanced biology or environmental science learners are introduced to convergent and divergent evolution concepts and compare the homologous or analogous structures of otters, seals, and sea lions. You could use pictures from the Internet in place of going to the actual exhibit animals. 
Students raise trout. In this trout lesson, students prepare a classroom aquarium for trout eggs, maintain the aquarium and care for hatched trout, release trout to a river, and create a trout paperweight as a memento.
Students explore the freshwater ecosystem of Africa's Lake Victoria by creating a freshwater aquarium. They investigate factors affecting the aquarium's ecosystem and conduct lab activities.
Students find out what people think about sharks by conducting a survey. After a trip to the aquarium or additional research, students conduct a follow-up survey to find out how their opinions have changed.
Pupils take a field trip to a local pond and collect samples of water and organisms to take back to the classroom. They design and set up a pond aquarium in the classroom.
Measure an aquarium! Calculate volumes of solids using the standard formula that multiplies length, width, and height. Small groups complete an included handout, and also discuss rounding of volume calculations based on initial measurements.
Students visit an aquarium, study the plants and animals there, and then create art activities based on their observations. In this aquarium art lesson, students make sketches of plants they observe at the aquarium. Students discuss aquatic plants and their parts, then create an aquatic wildlife scene using real plants in a drying art activity.
Students view how sea animals move. In this sea animal lesson, students visit the aquarium and pay attention to the ways that underwater animals move and eat. They record these on a bingo sheet of aquarium galleries. 
Written for an exploration of shoreline ecosystems on Sheffield Island, this gives ecology or marine biology buffs a hands-on experience. Using GPS or visual triangulation techniques, they lay transect lines on a high and a low energy beach. They also set up a beach seine and record the flora and fauna. Though this lesson is written for a specific marine aquarium and Sheffield Island field trip, the material can be adapted to your local habitat.
Pupils complete a BINGO style worksheet while visiting an aquarium. In this field trip activity, students complete a BINGO style worksheet looking for animals of different colors while at the aquarium.
Students explore fish. In this aquatic life science lesson plan, students complete a KWL chart about fish, listen to What's it Like to be a Fish?, and observe a classroom aquarium or take a trip to a local aquarium. Students complete an observation sheet with drawings and comments about what they see.
Learners create a 3D vector field map of an electric field. For this physics lesson, students measure the voltage inside an aquarium with water. They present their findings and map to class..
Learners research and assess programs that strive to preserve biodiversity, such as captive-breeding programs and species-survival plans adopted by zoos, aquariums, and other institutions.
Students visit Conservation in Action web site to watch three video interviews with Vancouver Aquarium researchers, complete Careers in Conservation worksheet, research threats facing species featured on Conservation web site, and create campaign to protect killer whales, Steller sea lions, or rockfish in Pacific Canada.
Fifth graders observe a diagram of the oxygen-carbon dioxide cycle to know that when they breathe out, they exhale carbon dioxide as do animals. They observe an aquarium containing both plants and fish and discuss the cycle. They then draw and label the cycle and explain.
You don't have to visit The Maritime Aquarium to use this plan, but you would need to find a location where a variety of bird species live, re-write the activity worksheet to incorporate the local species, and purchase field guides for your local birds. The general idea is to give middle schoolers the opportunity to practice bird identification out in the field. If this is your aim, simply model a lesson after this one.

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