Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (3.4, 3.5, 3.6); 2009 Math (3.3, 3.9, 3.13, 3.19)

A central feature of this lesson is the 20,000 gallon set of aquaria which taken collectively, represent the six different aquatic environments in the Chesapeake Bay watershed ranging from a mountain stream (in which we raise trout for release), the James River and the Atlantic Ocean. In Aquatic Adaptations, students focus on the relationships among species of animals and plants while they explore their need for interdependence. In addition, students handle live aquatic specimens in our Touch Tank as a hands-on reinforcement of these concepts.

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