Our teacher guides contain suggestions for instruction and activities around a selected topic.

Classroom Guides

  1. GRADES 5 – 8

    Engineering Ocean Currents (Developed in 2016)

    Enhance your students’ understanding of the engineering design process. During this activity students learn about plankton and methods they employ to maintain their location near the surface of the ocean. Students use what they learn about plankton to design a model of better energy generators to harness ocean current energy. 

  2. GRADES 5 – 8

    Blue Impact (Developed in 2014)

    Expand your students’ knowledge of climate change and draw connections between climate change and the ocean. This video series presents the challenges ocean animals face from global climate change, and how communities are working together to make a difference for the blue planet. 

  3. GRADES 3 – 5

    Fishworks (Developed in 2012)

    Enhance student understanding of an important scientific concept: adaptation. Developed for students in grades 3 through 5, the video and activities found here combine science and literacy learning with an emphasis on creativity and imagination.

  4. GRADES 3 – 12

    Boston Harbor Seaside Educator's Guide (Developed in 2003)

    This guide provides a variety of creative ways to help students establish a connection to the rocky and sandy shores, tidal mudflats, salt marshes — and the creatures — that are accessible in New England coastal areas.

  5. GRADES K – 8

    Penguin Teacher Guide (Developed in 2005)

    Includes information on the various penguin species, penguin anatomy, behavior, habitats, and conservation, as well as activities for the classroom and at the Aquarium. These activities enhance any visit to the Aquarium.

Aquarium Guides

  1. GRADES 1 – 3

    Draw a Fish (Developed in 2012)

    Aquarium educators developed this standards-based curriculum guide to be used in connection with Aquarium field trips. In addition to covering science standards for living things, these activities reinforce writing, speaking, listening, and language skills. 

  2. GRADES 2 – 5

    New England Marine Animal Adaptations (Developed in 2012)

    Aquarium educators developed this standards-based curriculum guide to cover local animal adaptations. In addition to covering science standards for living things, these activities reinforce writing, speaking, listening, and language skills. Learn more and download the guide.

  3. Grades 2 – 5

    Exhibit Expert: New England Waters (Developed in 2012)

    Aquarium educators developed this standards-based curriculum guide to be used in connection with Aquarium field trips. In addition to covering science standards for living things, these activities reinforce writing, speaking, listening and language skills. Learn more and download the guide.

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IMAX Film Teacher Guides

Extensively researched Teacher Resource Guides are available for most IMAX films. These IMAX Film Teacher Guides can be easily adapted to your curriculum and include discussion topics, exercises, and hands-on group projects.