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Bring Your School to the Aquarium

Hook your students with our fun programs at the Downtown Aquarium. We are excited to offer your students the following classroom program topics to help support the TEKS in your classroom. These programs are 30-45 minutes long. Book your school trip today – call 713-315-5112.

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Classroom Programs

Move & Groove! - Preschool

For the younger animal loving set (ages 3-5 years), we now have our Move & Groove Program. Kids will learn about how animals move while they move themselves and see live animals move in the classroom.Science TEKS: 2A, 2B, 10A, 10B
Music TEKS: 2A
Theater TEKS: 1C, 1D, 2B, 2D

Something's Fishy – Grades K-2

Mouth here, eyes there, fins, fins, everywhere. Learn all the unique features fish have, and learn how they can swim, breathe, and feel under the sea much differently than we can.
Language Arts TEKS: Grade K 1F
Science TEKS: Grade K 2A, 2B, 9A, 9B, 10B; Grade 1 1A, 2A, 2B, 9A, 9B, 10A; Grade 2 1A, 2A, 9A, 9C, 10A

Coral Communities – Grades 1-5

Do all of the fish in the coral reef get along? How can some animals live so closely together? Learn all about coral reefs and the special relationships that make up the rainforest under the sea.
Science TEKS: Grade 1 1A, 2A, 2B, 9B, 9C, 10A; Grade 2 1A, 2A, 4D, 9A, 9C, 10A; Grade 3 1A, 9A, 10A; Grade 4 1A, 9A, 9B, 10A; Grade 5 1A, 9A, 9B, 9C, 10A

Rockin' the Rainforest – Grades 1-6

Reach for the trees in our Rockin' the Rainforest program. Live animals and our knowledgeable education staff will teach your students about the layers of the rainforest.
Social Studies TEKS: Grade 1 6A; Grade 2 6A; Grade 3 4A
Science TEKS: Grade 1 1A, 1C, 2A, 6C, 10A; Grade 2 1A, 1C, 2A, 2E, 2F, 3A, 9A, 9B, 10A; Grade 3 1A, 1B, 9A, 9B, 10A; Grade 4 1A, 2A, 9A, 10A; Grade 5 1A, 1B, 9A, 9C, 10A; Grade 6 1A, 1B, 2A, 12E, 12F

Crazy About Carnivores – Grades 1-6

Can't keep your eyes off carnivores? Sink your teeth into this classroom program about the Downtown Aquarium's carnivore collection. Caution: this program contains live carnivores!
Science TEKS: Grade 1 1A, 2A, 9C, 10A; Grade 2 1A, 2A, 2E, 2F, 3A, 9A, 10A; Grade 3 1A, 2A, 10A; Grade 4 1A, 9A, 10A; Grade 5 1A, 9A, 10A; Grade 6 1A, 2A, 2D, 12E

Awesome African Animals – Grades 1-6

Let our African Animals be your safari guides to the continent's unique habitats. Learn about how animals make a living in such a diverse environment.
Social Studies TEKS: Grade 1 6A; Grade 2 6A; Grade 3 4A
Science TEKS: Grade 1 1A, 2A, 10A; Grade 2 1A, 2A, 2E, 2F, 9A, 9B, 10A; Grade 3 1A, 9A, 9C, 10A; Grade 4 1A, 10A; Grade 5 1A, 9A, 10A; Grade 6 1A, 2A, 12E, 12F

Radical Reptiles – Grades 1-6

Reptiles are everywhere. From the rainforest to the desert, and even in our own back yard! Take a look at these radical animals and learn all about reptiles.
Science TEKS: Grade 1 1A, 2A, 10A; Grade 2 1A, 2A, 2F, 9A, 9B, 10A; Grade 3 1A, 9A, 10A; Grade 4 1A, 10A; Grade 5 1A, 9A, 10A; Grade 6 1A, 2A, 12E

If the Beak Fits – Grades 1-6

Ever wonder why our planet is packed with birds of all shapes and sizes? Here you can get a chance to understand how both ordinary and outrageous adaptations help birds survive their everyday lives. Explore beaks, feet, and every part in between and see why a parrot and a pelican can't just trade jobs.
Science TEKS: Grade 1 1A, 2A, 2B, 2E, 4A, 10A; Grade 2 1A, 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 4A, 9A, 10A; Grade 3 1A, 2A, 2F, 4A, 10A, 10B; Grade 4 1A, 2A, 2F, 3A, 4A, 10A, 10B; Grade 5 1A, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2F, 9A, 10A, 10B; Grade 6 1A, 2A, 2B, 2E, 4A, 4B, 12E

Where'd You Get Those Genes? – Grades 6-8

Genes – the building blocks of life. Discover how these tiny particles can have such a huge impact on living organisms of all shapes and sizes. Experience hands-on how small changes here and there can affect an organism's ability to survive.
Science TEKS: Grade 6 1A, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2E, 3A, 3B, 12A; Grade 7 1A, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2E, 3A, 3B, 11B, 11C, 14A, 14B, 14C; Grade 8 1A, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2E, 3A, 3B

Physics of Flight – Grades 6-8

Fascinated by flying birds? Learn how birds fly by doing experiments and meet some of our flying feathered friends.
Science TEKS: Grade 6 1A, 2A, 2B, 2E, 4A, 8B; Grade 7 1A, 2A, 2B, 2E, 4A, 7C, 12A; Grade 8 1A, 2A, 2B, 2E, 4A, 6A

Fishy Anatomy – Grades 6-8

Dive into a fish with this hands-on dissection class. Students will learn how fish school and stay upright. Our educators will lead the dissection and clean up the mess!
Science TEKS: Grade 6 1A, 2C, 4A, 4B; Grade 7 1A, 2A, 2C, 4A, 4B, 12A; Grade 8 1A, 2A, 2C, 4A, 4B

Training 101 – Grades 1-8

Is training just for the birds? Learn about animal training from the expert staff at the Downtown Aquarium. Play the training game and see animal training in action.

Squidy Anatomy – Grades 1-8;HS

A squid uses its mantle to jet propel itself through the water, and tentacles to catch its prey. Learn all about squids and their cephalopod family while getting to dissect a squid.
Science TEKS: Grade 1 1A, 2A, 10A; Grade 2 1A, 2A, 10A; Grade 3 1A, 2A, 4B, 10A; Grade 4 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 4B, 10A; Grade 5 1A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 4B, 10A; Grade 6 1A, 2A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 4B; Grade 7 1A, 2A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 4B, 12A, 13A; Grade 8 1A, 2A, 2B, 2E, 3A, 4A
Aquatic Science TEKS: HS 1A, 2E, 2G, 3A, 10A
Biology TEKS: HS 1A, 2E, 3A

Being an Aquarist – Grades 1-8;HS

Think you can just pour salt into a fish tank, or that fish will clean their own water? Learn about the work that goes into keeping up tanks and what it takes to be an aquarist.
Science TEKS: Grade 1 1A, 2A, 2C, 2E, 3C, 4A; Grade 2 1A, 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 3C, 4A; Grade 3 1A, 2A, 2F, 3A; Grade 4 1A, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2F, 3A, 4A; Grade 5 1A, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2F, 3A; Grade 6 1A, 2A, 2B, 2E, 3A, 4A; Grade 7 1A, 2A, 2B, 2E, 3A, 4A; Grade 8 1A, 2A, 2B, 2E, 3A, 4A; HS 1A, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A
Aquatic TEKS: HS 1A, 2E, 3F, 2G, 3A, 5B, 9A

Life in the Gulf of Mexico Grades 6-8

Ever wonder about the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico? Want to find out about how sharks and redfish live as one in the same area? Let our educators take you on a journey through life in the Gulf of Mexico.
Science TEKS: Grade 6 1A, 1B, 3A, 3B, 12E, 12F; Grade 7 1A, 1B, 2A, 3A, 3B, 5C, 10A, 10B; Grade 8 1A, 1B, 2A, 3A, 3B, 11A, 11B, 11D

Stupendous Sharks Grades 1-6

Did you know that sharks can lose up to 30,000 teeth in their lifetime! Some sharks also can live in fresh and salt water. Come join us to learn more about the unbelievable sharks!
Science TEKS: Grade 1 1A, 1C, 2A, 10A; Grade 2 1A, 2A, 2F, 9A, 9B, 10A; Grade 3 1A, 9A, 9B, 10A; Grade 4 1A, 10A; Grade 5 1A, 9A, 9C, 10A; Grade 6 1A, 1B, 2A, 12E

View information about our other programs that may be a good fit for your class:

**All of our school programs can also come to your school in a 30-minute presentation.

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Customize Your Trip!

Enrich your excursion by adding this interactive experience. To book a school trip call 713-315-5112.

INTERACTIVE DIVER SHOW

Your group will get an opportunity to interface with a biologist in the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. You and your students can chat with a SCUBA diver swimming inside an oil rig teeming with redfish, snappers and even a shark. You can ask questions and learn everything you can imagine about this underwater habitat and its animals.

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Outreach Programs

No busses, not enough chaperones? No problem, we'll come to you! Downtown Aquarium will provide lessons covering ocean, aquatic and other wild topics in your classroom. We provide the materials and the animal experts, you provide the students. Note: Some classroom programs involve live animals so anything – including lots of fun – can happen! Book your Outreach Program today! 713-315-5112

Auditorium Style Presentations

Built for Survival Bird Show

The Downtown Aquarium has much more to offer than just fish. We have birds that are found all over the world, and they can come right to your school! Meet and animal trainer and learn how these birds are built for survival to live in the rainforest.
Science TEKS: Grade K 1C, 2A, 2E, 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B; Grade 1 1C, 2A, 2E, 9A, 10A; Grade 2 1C, 2A, 2E, 9A, 10A; Grade 3 1B, 10A, 10B; Grade 4 1B, 10A; Grade 5 1B, 10A; Grade 6 1B, 10A, 13A, 13B; Grade 7 1B, 11A

Reptiles – Reactions!

Discover the exciting world of reptiles without having to leave your school! Find out how a slow moving animal protects itself, why alligators have such tough skin and why snakes have such beautiful colors. We will show you how these animals adapt in order to avoid predators.
Science TEKS: Grade K 1C, 2A, 2E, 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B; Grade 1 1C, 2A, 2E, 9A, 10A; Grade 2 1C, 2A, 2E, 9A, 10A; Grade 3 1B, 10A, 10B, Grade 5 1B, 10A

Distance Tele-Learning

Visit the Downtown Aquarium without ever leaving your classroom. We offer a variety of programs through Video Conferencing. New to Distance Learning? Book a free virtual Educator Open House for your teachers to see how fun Video Conferencing can be! Booking is easy by calling 713-315-5106 or visiting www.cilc.org and searching for Downtown Aquarium.

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  • Receive pre & post program materials to further your students' knowledge about the programs.

Classroom Programs

Enhance or introduce your lesson topics with one of our exciting and educational presentations, including Fishy Anatomy, Crazy About Carnivores, Coral Communities and New Physics of Flight. Click here to view the full list of Classroom Programs available to come to your school.

Many of our Classroom Programs are also available in a video conference format. See the Distance Learning section for more details.

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