SEA Trek

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  1. Find a virtual field trip below. Available in 30 and 60 minute lengths for grades PreK-12 + Lifelong Learning.
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SEA ME READ SERIES

We read a fictional story aloud with your learners and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension.

Options for PK–3rd grades. 30 minutes.

If A Dolphin Were A Fish

Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other animals. Readers will watch Delfina become a fish with gills, a sea turtle laying eggs, a pelican with feathers, an octopus without bones, a shark with a sense of smell and even a vegetarian manatee. The incredible β€œmorphing” illustrations will have children laughing as they learn about the real differences between these animals! Join us on this ocean adventure as we discover what makes a mammal a mammal and how creatures have adapted to live in the sea.

We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension.

A special thanks to Arbordale Publishing for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
  • Duration: πŸ•œ up to 30 mins
  • Objectives: Students will learn about marine animal adaptations and animal classification (mammal, reptile, bird, etc). Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills.
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Shark Baby

πŸ†• Spring into virtual learning and go on an ocean egg hunt with us. When Shark Baby’s egg case is torn loose in a storm, he goes on a journey across kelp forests, coral reefs, and seagrass meadows. He needs to find the β€œmermaid” to find out where he belongs. Will he find his way back? Read along with us to find out.

We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension.

A special thanks to Arbordale Publishing for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
  • Duration: πŸ•œ up to 30 mins
  • Objectives: Students will learn about ocean habitats and the diversity of animals in them. Students will learn about shark characteristics and the difference between egg-laying sharks and sharks that give birth to live young. Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills.
SEA Trek: Sea Me Read - Shark Baby
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Smiley Shark

Join us on an ocean adventure and meet a lonely shark who loves to smile. Read along as we help him save the day and find some friends.

We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension.

Our thanks to Tiger Tales Publishing for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–8 (K–2nd)
  • Duration: πŸ•œ up to 30 minutes
  • Objectives: Students will learn about shark diversity and the characteristics of sharks. Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills. Finally, students will learn why sharks are threatened and what they can do to help conserve them.
SEA Trek: Sea Me Read - Smiley Shark
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Clumsy Crab

Snip, snap, clip, clap! Nipper the Crab hates his huge clumsy claws. Read along with us as we find out how useful Clumsy’s claws can be. In this videoconference.

We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension.

Our thanks to Tiger Tales Publishing for making this lesson possible. Made possible by a generous grant from the Kates Foundation.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–8 (K–2nd)
  • Duration: πŸ•œ up to 30 minutes
  • Objectives: Students will learn about crab diversity and the characteristics of invertebrates. Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills.
Clumsy Crab - 25 minute Interactive Virtual Learning lesson
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SCIENCE SERIES

We come to you live, from our distance learning studio, using a combination of science gameshows, green screen effects and live animals. These programs will spark curiosity while making conservation connections.

Options for 3rd–12th grades and lifelong learners. 30 or 60 minutes long.

Shark Science

How smart are you about sharks? Take our interactive quiz show to uncover the mysteries and discover the truths about these fascinating creatures. In this lesson we introduce the learners to the diversity and adaptations of sharks.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 11–14 (6th–8th)
  • Duration: πŸ• up to 60 minutes
  • Objectives: The students will learn about the behavior of sharks, types of sharks, and the anatomy and physiology of sharks (including the senses). Students will also learn about the popular misconceptions about sharks and why they are often misunderstood.
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Turtle Science

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 11–14 (6th–8th)
  • Duration: πŸ• up to 60 minutes
  • Objectives: Differentiate reptile traits. List all seven species of sea turtle. Explain the conservation status of sea turtles. Compare three stewardship actions.
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Manatee Science

Recommended for grades 3, 4, 5
  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 8–11 (3rd–6th)
  • Duration: πŸ• up to 60 mins
  • Objectives: Differentiate mammal traits. List all four extant species of sirenian. Explain the conservation status of manatees. Compare three stewardship actions.
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Coral Science

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 11–14 (6th–8th)
  • Duration: πŸ• up to 60 mins
  • Objectives: Understand basic coral reef ecology. Compare symbiotic relationships of reef organisms. Identify coral anatomy and reproduction strategies. Recognize the value of coral reefs to humans. Identify threats to coral reefs like disease, climate change, and ocean acidification. Compare three stewardship actions.
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SPOTLIGHT SERIES

We come to you live, from our distance learning studio featuring specialty marine science topics.

Options for 3rd–12th grades and lifelong learners. 30 or 60 minutes long.

SEA Science At Work

Marine Careers

Beginning in 1955 with Dr. Eugenie Clark’s foundation of shark research, Mote is now more than 200 employees strong, including more than 30 Ph.D. scientists. We conduct groundbreaking research with more than 20 diverse research programs focusing on today’s challenges as well as identifying and addressing future impacts. The advancement of this kind of research is vital to unlocking potential solutions to some of today’s most daunting global challenges.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 11–18 (6th–12th) + Lifelong Learners
  • Duration: πŸ• up to 60 mins
  • Objectives: Students will learn about marine science and aquarium careers and what it takes to work in these fascinating fields.


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EXPLORATION SERIES

Using our portable distance learning studio, we take you directly to the animals, exhibits and habitats around Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Limited Availability: EXPLORATION SERIES tours are currently available only on Wednesdays or Fridays, between 8:30 am–10:00 am ET.

Shark Zone Tour

This tour is focused on shark research and care at Mote Aquarium. We begin with a review of the history of shark research a the lab. Then we watch a demonstration of shark husbandry and training with our biologists from atop our 135,000 gallon exhibit. We end with a Question and Answer session with our Ocean Experts.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 11–18 (6th–12th) + Lifelong Learners
  • Duration: πŸ•œ up to 30 minutes
  • Objetives: Students will watch a live shark training and feeding session; learn about the history of shark research and technologies used at our lab; identify reasons for training sharks and other animals in human care; develop an appreciation for sharks and their important ecological roles; compare up to three stewardship actions they can take to help shark conservation.

Outline

  • 8:40 - Standby. A/V checks.
  • 8:45 - Start. Shark research at Mote.
  • 8:55 - Sharks in our ecosystems
  • 9:00 - Demonstration of shark husbandry & aquarium biologists chat
  • 9:10 - Open Q&A with our experts
  • 9:15 - Wrap up - visit flipgrid.com/seatrek
Carousel imageCarousel image135,000 gallon shark and bony fish habitat. Β© Mote Marine LaboratoryVisitors to Mote Aquarium watch Mote staff target train shark species in our largest marine exhibit. Β© Mote Marine LaboratorySandbar Shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus. Β© Mote Marine LaboratoryBlacknose shark, Carcharhinus acronotus. Β© Mote Marine Laboratory
SCHEDULING HELP:(941) 388-2904 ☎️ / seatrek @ mote.org πŸ“§We use CILC to schedule requests.

Ancient Sea Monsters Tour

Peek into this ancient worldβ€”87-70 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceousβ€”thanks to the special exhibit–Savage Ancient Seas–featuring replicated skeletons cast from the real fossils of extinct ocean animals.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 11–18 (6th–12th) + Lifelong Learners
  • Duration: πŸ•œ up to 30 minutes
  • Objectives: Students will identify the geological timescale of the Savage Ancient Seas exhibit. Identify at least three main types of marine reptiles featured in the exhibit. Recognize characteristics that distinguish marine reptiles from dinosaurs and birds. Review the process of fossilization. Examine examples of convergent evolution. Relate the extinction of ancient marine life to the conservation challenges faced by modern marine animals.
SCHEDULING HELP:(941) 388-2904 ☎️ / seatrek @ mote.org πŸ“§We use CILC to schedule requests.

COLLABORATION SERIES

We come to you live, from our distance learning studio featuring professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and administrators.

Eduator Freeview

Get a free preview of our award-winning virtual learning programs. A great way to introduce virtual learning to teachers and professionals. Go behind-the-scenes with SEA Trek and learn how to bring Mote's research, animals, and exhibits to your learners. Discover the many affordable, easy-to-use technology options available for making Virtual Field Trips.

  • Recommended for: Adult (College), Adult (School Teachers/Admins; etc), Adult (Public; Library; Senior Center; Lifelong Learning, etc)
  • Duration: πŸ•œ up to 30 minutes

Keywords: professional development, virtual learning, distance learning

Objectives: After an overview of SEA Trek programs and technology, teachers will be able to identify the best lessons and connection options for their needs. Teachers will also learn about trends in digital literacy and determine which strategies are most appropriate for their learners. We can adjust the length of this program as well as the content. Please contact us to customize your connection.

Outline:

  • 10 min - SEA Trek lesson overview
  • 5 min - Review of virtual learning best practices
  • 5 min - Review of virtual learning technologies
  • 10 min - Questions and Answers
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SCHEDULING HELP:(941) 388-2904 ☎️ / seatrek @ mote.org πŸ“§We use CILC to schedule requests.

Availability

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  • πŸ“† Click to see how to read our calendar. Look for open gaps in our schedule. That's when when you can book your on-demand requests.
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