K-12 Programs

Welcome to the Bottom of the Food Chain: An Exploration of Planktonic Life

Grades 1-4

Topics:

  • Photosynthesis
  • Marine food chains
  • Principles of density and buoyancy

Objectives:

  • Describe the process of photosynthesis;
  • Manipulate components of a marine food web;
  • Demonstrate the relationship between density and buoyancy.

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS). 

  • First Grade: LS1-1 Molecules to Organisms:  Structures and Processes 
  • Second Grade: LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • Thrid Grade: LS3-2 Molecules to Organisms:  Structures and Processes
  • Fourth Grade: LS1-1 Molecules to Organisms:  Structures and Processes

See the Next Generation Science Standards.

Grades 5-12+

Topics:

  • Marine trophic levels
  • Planktonic life
  • Concept of neutral buoyancy

Objectives:

  • Describe the marine trophic levels;
  • Collect and key plankton;
  • Build a neutrally buoyant plankton model.

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS).

  • Fifth Grade: PS3-1 Energy
  • Middle School: LS1-6 Molecules to Organisms:  Structures and Processes
  • High School: LS2-5 and 8 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics, LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

See the Next Generation Science Standards.


The program is limited to 72 students on the day of the visit. Group must be able to spend 3.5 hours on-site (time includes tour, activity, and time for lunch on-site).

*Cost:

Pricing for this EDUCATOR LED tour and program:

  • K-12: $15 per student or chaperone (Discount Season July-December). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $300 flat fee for groups of 19 or fewer.

  • K-12: $17 per student or chaperone (Regular Season January-June). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $340 flat fee for groups of 19 or fewer.

  • Any additional adults or family members above the maximum allowed chaperones must pay the separate applicable admission fee and be assigned to a regularly scheduled public tour. Please note – upon arrival, we ask for ONE payment for the entire group.

(*Rates effective August 15th, 2016)

To schedule a field trip for your class, or for questions about booking, please contact us at 520-838-6192 or via email at BIO2-GROUP@email.arizona.edu

For questions about the lesson content, please contact: faulkel@email.arizona.edu.

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