Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Supported by this Program
Our educational programs are designed as a fun way for ages 3 through 10 to learn about sea animals and their habitats. Not only does this program cover many of the Life Science Frameworks, but it does so by integrating Language Arts and Literacy Frameworks into the experience. The following are frameworks that are covered by our visit in the areas of Science and Technology/Engineering and English Language Arts and Literacy:
Pre-K to Grade 2 Life Science (Biology)
1. Animals and plants are living things that grow, reproduce, & need food, air, & water.
2. Characteristics of living and nonliving things.
3. Plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance.
4. People and other animals interact with the environment through their senses.
5. An organism’s habitat provides for its basic needs.
Grades 3–5 (Life Biology)
1. Classify plants and animals according to the physical characteristics that they share.
2. Plants and animals go through predictable life cycles, including birth, growth, development, reproduction, and death.
3. Observed characteristics of plants and animals can be fully inherited or they can be affected by the climate or environment.
4. Inherited characteristics may change over time as adaptations to changes in the environment enable organisms to survive.
5. Changes in the environment have caused some plants and animals to die or move to new locations.
6. Organisms meet needs by using behaviors in response to information from the environment. Some behaviors are instinctive and others learned.
Reading Standards Pre-K to Grade 5
MA.3. Identify characters, settings, and major events in a story. Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
MA.6. With prompting and support, “read” the illustrations in a picture book by describing a character or place depicted. Name the author and illustrator of a story. Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters.
MA.7. Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events. Make predictions about what happens next in a picture book after examining and discussing the illustrations.
MA.10. Listen actively as an individual and as a member of a group to age-appropriate literature read aloud.