Teacher Resources

Shore Based Programs

Fish Printing

Grades Pre-K – 2

What makes a fish a fish? Students will be introduced to the external anatomy and unique adaptations of local fish species through a participatory lesson. Students will then use a wide variety of rubber fish and sea creatures to make their own art project to take home!

Creature Meet and Greet

Grades PreK-2

This program highlights the fascinating creatures living in the Sea Pocket Aquarium. Students will have the opportunity to handle some of our touch tank creatures as they participate in hands on explorations, craft activities, stories and games that introduce all the fun features that make each creature unique.

Invertebrate Lab/Classification

Grades 3-5

Working with a collection of marine invertebrates, students sort them into the appropriate phyla. Students will observe the characteristics of the specimens and compare them to the characteristics listed for each phylum.

SeaPocket Lab Tour/Habitats

Grades 3-5

During an interactive tour of Maritime Gloucester’s outdoor aquarium students explore exhibits focusing on the plants and animals that populate Cape Ann coastal habitats. Students have an opportunity to investigate rocky shore and sandy shore tanks, a lobster tank, and a clam flat habitat. They also handle the creatures in our touch tanks as they learn about ecology.

Algae Lab

Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Marine algae are intricately adapted to their environment and are used by humans in a multitude of ways. Through hands-on examination students identify various species of algae and compare and contrast marine algae and terrestrial plants.

Squid Dissection

Grades 3-5, 6-8

Through a hands on investigation students become acquainted with one of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures. As students examine the squid’s external anatomy they search for clues to the squid’s behavior based upon its unique adaptations. During the dissection students are introduced to the basics of lab procedure and provided with an opportunity to examine the internal anatomy of a squid. All of the squid used for dissections is frozen for use as food in our aquarium system.

Plankton Lab

Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

In the Maritime Gloucester video-microscope lab, students are introduced to marine plankton. The lesson introduces students to phyto and zooplankton and photosynthesis. The lab portion of the unit focuses on use of a microscope, sample preparation, and basic identification of phyto and zooplankton.

Fish Anatomy

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Students will observe several species of fish and explore their internal and external anatomy as they participate in a group dissection. Students then will have the opportunity to examine the different tissues under the microscope. All fish used for dissection is frozen for use as food in our aquarium system or bait for our traps.

Water Quality Lab

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Students will collect samples of harbor water from Maritime Gloucester’s floating docks and perform water quality analysis on them in Maritime Gloucester’s laboratory/classroom. Students will record water temperature at various depths, measure the turbidity, record time, date and weather conditions, and use a multimeter probe to obtain instant water quality analysis.

Investigating Invasive Species

Grades 6-8, 9-12

 Working in Maritime Gloucester’s digital video microscope lab and floating docks, students will investigate the impact of invasive species on the harbor ecosystem. Students will take samples of the fouling community growing on the floats and investigate the samples in the digital video microscope lab. Working in groups, students will begin basic identification of the native and invasive species in their samples and document them with digital images.  Key learning concepts covered will include: pathways for introduction of invasive species in the marine environment, life-cycles of sessile members of the fouling community, and impacts of invasive species in the marine environment.