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Shark Mythbusters

from Aquarium of the Pacific

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Is it safe to go back in the water? Officer Opaleye returns for another Ocean Ranger adventure in order to answer that very question! This time, students will follow sharks into their ocean habitat to learn the truth and dispel the myths surrounding these incredible predators. Through investigation, problem solving and interviews with experts, students will help to identify the mystery shark and find out what we can do to protect sharks and their relatives.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $150.00


50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5Public Library: Library Patrons

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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You are welcome to request a program with a start time of 7 am PST or later. Thank you!

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

There is no charge to cancel or reschedule your videoconference more than 48 hours prior to your confirmed date and time. If you cancel your program within 48 hours of the confirmed date of the videoconference session, you will be charged for the full price of the program. Inclement weather, technological problems on our end, and any other uncontrollable factors will be taken into account.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach, CA
United States

The Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit organization located in Long Beach, CA. Our mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems by involving the community and the region in engaging, entertaining, educational and empowering exhibits and programs on the Pacific Ocean and the lives of its people.

Alicia Archer

Program Details


Several officers from the Ocean Ranger Institute will be our guides as we explore sharks and search for a missing one. The class will include the following:
1. Exploration of shark fins and their uses
2. Exploration of fish and shark scale types
3. Identifying differences between bony and cartilaginous fish
4. Using process of elimination to find the "missing" shark
5. Investigating a shark's 6th sense, ampullae of lorenzini
6. Dispel common myths regarding movement, teeth, reproduction, and the danger to humans
7. Question and answer session


Students will:
- use shark mythbuster cards and pencils to follow along with and participate in the program
- become “Ocean Rangers” for this interactive program
- explore shark fin form and function
- engage is a discussion about shark gills
- participate in solving a mystery that occurs during their simulated training session
- Compare bony fish and cartilaginous fish
- explore marine mammal adaptations
- develop an appreciation for these highly misunderstood animals
- use guided clues to figure out what type of shark is near the surfer
- will have the opportunity to ask a marine science educator about sharks or other Aquarium residents

Standards Alignment

National Standards

grades 3-5
Science as inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understanding about scientific inquiry

Physical Science
Properties of objects and materials
Position and motion of objects
Properties and changes of objects and materials (grade 5)
Motions and forces (grade 5)

Life Science
The characteristics of organisms
Organisms and their environments
Structure and function in living systems (grade 5)
Regulation and behavior (grade 5)
Populations and ecosystems (grade 5)
Diversity and adaptations of organisms (grade 5)

Science and Technology
Abilities of technical design
Understanding about science and technology

Science in personal and Social Perspectives
Characteristics and changes in populations
Science and technology in local challenges
Populations, resources, and environments (grade 5)
Science and technology in society (grade 5)

History and Nature of Science
Science as a human endeavor
Nature of science

State Standards

California science standards

Grade 3:
3.a. Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival,and reproduction.

3.b. Students know examples of diverse life forms in different environments, such as oceans, deserts, tundra, forests, grasslands, and wetlands.

5.b. Students differentiate evidence from opinion and know that scientists do not rely on claims or conclusions unless they are backed by observations that can be confirmed.

Grade 4:
2.b. Students know producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and decomposers) are related in food chains and food webs and may compete with each other for resources in an ecosystem.

Grade 5:
6.a. Classify objects (e.g., rocks, plants, leaves) in accordance with appropriate criteria.