Read: Otto the Otter–A Big Surprise

by  Mote Marine Laboratory

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[STUDIO - K–3]  Dive into the true tale of Otto the Otter, a captivating North American River Otter, who inspires a family's imagination while visiting their small pond. Delight in seasonal observations of the otter's playful antics as captured through the author's brightly textured watercolors. And get ready for a big surprise when the otter brings the family something unexpected!

Engage your students with an SEL-supportive and fact-based narrative. After reading aloud together, we reflect on the marvelous creatures that live in freshwater habitats and the important role watersheds play for wildlife and people. Additionally, get ready for an extraordinary virtual encounter with the North American river otters living at Mote Aquarium.

This immersive experience aims to cultivate critical thinking skills, enhance oral language proficiency, foster fluency and pronunciation, spark STEM engagement, and bolster reading comprehension.

Our thanks to Linda Hansen for making this program possible.

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About This Program


By Request: $90.00
By Request Premium: $81.00

Programming available 9:00 am–5:00 pm ET. Weekend and after hours (5 pm ET) requests are available for an additional fee. There is a convenience fee for calls that require rental of a H.323/SIP Room Connector.

Billing Questions: please contact our Operations & Administration Manager (educate@mote.org, 941-388-4441;348).

Sarasota Teachers: Our EdExploreSRQ listings are eligible for funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, as well as the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Find out how to fund your virtual field trip.


Up to 30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3

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Primary Disciplines

Art, Literacy, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)Other


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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Effective 8/15/2023, the following policies apply to ALL Mote Outreach (Classroom, Auditorium, Science Talks, Exploration Stations) and SEA Trek programs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hP-jZjauyF4uEDxjuMom3OajUwayUCzDPjLA58FKCR4/edit?usp=sharing

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Mote Marine Laboratory

Sarasota, FL
United States

Experience the wonders of the ocean from the comfort of your own classroom with Mote Marine Laboratory's Virtual Field Trips! As a world-class, AZA-accredited nonprofit marine research institution, we bring the excitement of authentic research and hands-on learning to you. From chatting with a shark trainer in our stunning aquarium, to exploring the Florida Keys and observing coral reefs like a real scientist, our virtual lessons are designed to engage and inspire your students. Aligned with state and national education standards, our lessons range from 30 to 60 minutes and provide a unique and thrilling way to dive into STEM topics. Join us on a virtual adventure and unlock the mysteries of the ocean!

Jason Robertshaw
(941) 388-2904

Program Details


In this program, Mote Marine Laboratory will present a media-rich lesson about turtles.
1. Introduction and Prior Knowledge
2. Reading the story of Otto the Otter: A Big Surprise
3. Creative Questions (reading comprehension)
4. Live animal visit - otter webcam
5. Open Questions and Answers


Use literacy and reading comprehension skills to correctly answer questions about the story book.
Foster positive relationships with, and an appreciation for, aquatic habitats and organisms.
Promote environmental awareness, especially for watersheds.
Make observations of live otters.
Compare and contrast characteristics of mammals to other types of animals.
Compare up to three stewardship actions to help otter conservation.