Monterey Bay Aquarium

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• Activities To Do with Children • Internet Links • Professional Development • Register for a School Field Trip • Teacher Institutes • What’s New on Our Website?
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How do clownfish survive while living in a sea anemone laden with stinging tentacles? How is a wolf eel able to eat a sea urchin with hundreds of spines? Are you and your students curious about these fishes and the many other interesting animals that live in the ocean? Join educators at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for one of our exciting and educational programs to discover some answers! Registration for the upcoming school year begins May 12th and ends September 26th, 2008. Here are some key things to know: • Online applications for 2008-2009 will be accepted beginning on Monday, May 12. • Teachers registering this spring are most likely to receive the program and date of their choice! • Programs are free for all students, but popular programs and dates fill quickly! • There are a variety of program choices and time slots offered for K-12 classes. For more details, please refer to page 5 of this newsletter. • All applications will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. • Applications submitted after the September 26, 2008 due date will be added to our waiting list. Programs will be booked if space becomes available. For details about applying, please refer to the website below or call (866) 963-9645. School Field Trip Registration: www.montereybayaquarium.org/lc/teachers_place/fieldtrip.asp

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Summer Teacher Institutes at the Aquarium
Join us this summer! We are now offering professional development for all grade levels. Each teacher institute has a one week summer session plus three Saturday follow-ups during the school year. Applications are due May 23.

Splash Zone Teacher Institute (PreK-2)
June 23-27, 2008 and Saturdays: October 18, 2008, January 31, 2009, and March 21, 2009

Coastal Systems Teacher Institute (Grades 3-5)
July 21-25, 2008 and Saturdays: November 15, 2008, February 7, 2009, and April 25, 2009

Dynamic Cycles Teacher Institute (Grades 6-12)
July 7-11, 2008 and Saturdays: November 1, 2008, January 24, 2009, and March 28, 2009 To register for professional development at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, please contact the Education Department by email: educatorprograms@mbayaq.org or by phone: (831) 648-4862. Our website has more detailed teacher institute descriptions and registration information: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/lc/teachers_place/edu_programs.asp

National Marine Educators Association July 21-25, Savannah, GA

Join Aquarium educators and get the scoop on seafood! Participants will "Rate Your Plate" in a hands-on activity to find out what to eat. Why is Alaska Wild Salmon a better choice than imported shrimp? Discover what makes seafood sustainable and learn how to make choices that are both good for people AND good for the oceans! Visit the website for more details: http://www.marine-ed.org

California Science Teachers Association October 30-November 2, San Jose, CA

Take an adult field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tour without the crowds before general opening and learn about our educational offerings. Participate in hands-on activities that integrate inquiry, ELL strategies and ocean science. Then hop on the bus to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Get a walking tour of MBARI with a behind-the-scenes look at how this unique and highly successful organization has thrived during the past 20 years. To register: http://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_home.asp

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Are you coming to visit our new Splash Zone: Ocean Homes exhibit? Do you need some ideas for hands-on learning while you’re in the Monterey Bay Aquarium with your students? As a parent, would you like a few activities to do in the aquarium or questions to ask while your family explores your backyard or neighborhood park? We have added a section on our website that might help you! Check out the activities, questions and developmental tips in our new online Parents’ Guide to find some that are appropriate for your family or class: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/efc/efc_splash/splash_guide.aspx . You’ll find a variety of activities for adults and children from infants through elementary school age to do together in our renovated exhibit. Created as a joint project by our education staff and web team, this new on-line guide is an aquarium first. It includes fun things to do in the expanded space, as well as why it’s important developmentally for children to explore, compare, estimate, infer or discuss their findings with adults. Current research shows that cooperative learning among mixed-age groups is very important and effective. Following are some examples from the website:

Compare the kelp plant to a tree or other plant on land. How are they similar and how are they different? Does kelp have structures that might function like the leaves, trunk or roots of a tree? Why?

Touch the animals gently and describe what you find. What do you feel? What feels smooth? Which animal has rough or bumpy skin? What's soft? Hard? Why?

Ask questions. What body parts does a penguin have? Are they the same or different from yours? Name and count them, i.e., two eyes, one beak. How do people keep warm? (jacket, socks, hat) How does a penguin stay warm in the cold ocean? (feathers and air bubbles as insulation) How are penguins like the birds on the beach or neighborhood park? (All have feathers, a beak, two wings and so on.) Why?

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium created Seafood Watch in the late 1990’s in conjunction with a special exhibit about the challenges and benefits of sustainable fishing practices. Originally just a list of better seafood choices, Seafood Watch has developed into a program “designed to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources.” From the website: “The choices we make as consumers drive the seafood market place. Your purchasing power can make a difference by supporting those fisheries and fish farms that are better for the environment ...” If you would like to introduce your students to the subject of sustainable seafood, the Seafood Watch website offers a variety of materials which can be downloaded, used online or for which hard copies can be requested directly from the Seafood Watch office. Explore the education resources Seafood Watch has to offer: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp

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Instructables bills itself as “The World’s Biggest Show & Tell,” but that just might not be an idle boast. Instructables is, according to the website, “a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.” Founded by four MIT graduates, all “passionate engineers and scientists,” the website provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for building everything and anything. It’s a science geek’s dream with lots of projects like how to make a really inexpensive multitouch pad for your computer to more mundane tasks like making guacamole or easily removing most of the seeds from a watermelon before serving. The fun thing is that a community of like-minded folks of all ages has grown up around the Instructables website and regularly post feedback, kudos and even helpful suggestions. Check out the site to find out how to make just about anything: http://www.instructables.com/

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It’s time for spring cleaning! Before you toss your old or unused items into the garbage, why not donate or recycle them? There are many items that have great reuse potential and can be kept out of our already packed landfills. Here are some ideas to help the Earth.

Electronics: E-waste is the fastest growing type of municipal trash! According to the EPA, nearly 3 million tons of consumer electronic waste was created in 2003 alone. E-waste not only takes up landfill space, but it leaches mercury and other heavy metals ~ Rainer Maria Rilke into the ground and water. Electronics have many plastic and metal parts that can also be recycled to save natural resources. Donate old electronic devices, or recycle them if they are no longer working. To find out how, check these sites: http://www.greenerchoices.org/electronicsrecycling/el_home.cfm or http://www.epa.gov/osw/elec_fs.pdf

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems”

Batteries: Batteries that end up in landfills can leach chemicals into the ground water. They should always be recycled. To find out more and to locate a recycling center in your area, visit: www.earth911.org/master.asp?a=electronics/bat_index.asp&s=lib. When you need to buy more, consider purchasing rechargeable batteries and an inexpensive re-charger. Clothing and Household Objects: If they are in decent condition, they can be donated to a good cause and will benefit someone else. Make sure to clean them before donating. For more information, visit: www.salvationarmyusa.org www.goodwill.org www.dressforsuccess.org
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Every year over 75,000 PreK-12 students visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium as part of their class experience. Because the aquarium is a popular field trip destination and demand is high for reservations, we open the application process in May of each year for visits during the following school year. This year we will begin taking applications on Monday, May 12, 2008, for all visits from September 2008 through early June 2009. Listed below are the specifics for each of our programs, but here are a few tips for maximizing your chances of getting a reservation when you make your application online on our website: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/lc/teachers_place/fieldtrip.asp Apply as early in the process as possible. Our calendar fills up quickly, especially for spring dates! Make sure that the program you choose is appropriate for the grade and number of students in your class(es). Spread your dates out over the entire school year; avoid choosing just April and May dates as they fill up first. Select dates during the entire week; avoid picking only Thursdays or Fridays because they book quickly.

Program Discovery Labs Ocean Explorers Self-Guided Visits

Grade Levels
K-12

Number of Students
Per lab Minimum of 15 Maximum of 32

Dates Offered
September 16, 2008 through May 29, 2009

Days Offered
Monday through Friday

Times
9:15 AM (must arrive no later than 9:00 AM) 10:30 AM (must arrive no later than 10:15 AM) 11:45 AM (must arrive no later than 11:30 AM) 9:45 AM (must arrive no later than 9:30 AM) 10:15 AM (must arrive no later than 10:00 AM)

K-12

Per program Minimum of 32 Maximum of 120

September 16, 2008 through May 29, 2009

Monday through Friday

PreK-12

Up to 120 students Year round except per school per day Christmas and other major holidays

Seven days a week 10:15 AM 10:45 AM 11:00 AM 11:15 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 Noon 1:00 PM

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Gift and Bookstore is proud to offer our educators an

Additional 10% off (total of 20% off)
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Please bring this coupon with you for a one-time additional 10% discount.
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Coupon valid on regular, non-sale priced merchandise only.

Please call 1-877-665-2665 with questions.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit, self-supporting institution. Our mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Our doors opened on October 20, 1984. Each year nearly 1.8 million people visit the aquarium, including more than 75,000 California school children who benefit from our free labs and other aquarium programs.

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