Lesson Plans for School or Home

Learning about scientific observation and surrealism in art, tornadoes and hurricanes can be fun through these special project activities that can be done in the classroom before or after a visit to The Pier Aquarium.

 

Creature Features

Creature Feature: Southern Stingray
Learn cool and interesting facts about the Southern stingray.

Credit: The Pier Aquarium

NEW! Creature Feature: Blue Sea Star
Did you know that sea stars are mistakenly called "star fish"?
Credit: Cassie Bryant, Marine Educator, The Pier Aquarium

NEW! Creature Feature: Great Seahorse
Learn about a different kind of daddy.
Credit: Cassie Bryant, Marine Educator, The Pier Aquarium

NEW! Creature Feature: Green Moray Eel
A Green Moray Eel should be green, right? Learn about this animal's color and more.
Credit: Cassie Bryant, Marine Educator, The Pier Aquarium

 

A Fun Art Project

Sail the Surreal Seas: The Exquisite Sea Corpse
Students practice scientific observation, gain an understanding how marine creatures adapt to their environments and learn how to write a natural history.

Credit: The Pier Aquarium and the Salvador Dali Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Experiments To Do at Home

Tornado in a Bottle
What can you do with two empty plastic soda bottles? Students can learn about energy transfer using these bottles or what’s called a tornado tube bottle connector.

References
Tornado Tube, Division of Burnham Associated, 26 Dearborn St., Salem, MA 01970.
(617) 745-1788
Tornadoes: Nature's Most Violent Storms. U.S. Dept. of Commerce-NOAA, National Weather Service and the American Red Cross, Sept. 1992.
Keen, Richard A., 1987. Skywatch: The Western Weather Guide. Golden: Fulcrum. Inc.

Winds of a Storm
Hot water and tissue paper is what it takes to construct a miniature “hurricane.” Students learn how hurricanes are formed, how different coastal animals are affected by these storms and ways how human presence in coastal environments impacts survival rates of animals in hurricanes.
 
Credit: This activity has been modified from an activity in Janice VanCleave’s Oceans for Every Kid, John Wiley & Sons, 1996, pp 147-155.

Making Waves poster
Hurricane poster

Web Resource
This site includes lots of neat activities and easy to understand pictures and definitions. This site has links, so it would be a great place for kids to start researching.

References
Cole, JoAnna. The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane, Scholastic Inc. 1995.
Eyewitness. Weather 1996. ISBN 0-7894-0719-1
National Geographic Video. Nature’s Fury! 1994. ISBN 0-7922-3248-8
VanCleave, Janice. Oceans for Every Kid, John Wiley & Sons, 1996, pp 147-155.