Join world renowned shark researchers from the Marine Community and Behavioral Ecology and Predator Ecology Labs for a field trip unlike any other. Experience the excitement of a day in the field with FIU scientists catching and tagging sharks for research. As you work side by side with our researchers you will gain knowledge of experimental design, shark biology and ecology along with a better understanding of how biological research leads to better conservation actions and policies. Our standards-aligned shark tagging field trip is the perfect way to ignite your learner’s curiosity and inspire the next generation of STEM students to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.
Shark Tagging Field Trip
K-12 Florida Education Standards
The following standards are focused by suggested grade levels and aligned to Florida Department of Education benchmarks.
SC.K.L.14.3: Observe plants and animals, describe how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.
SC.K.L.14.1: Recognize the five senses and related body parts.
SC.K.N.1.2: Make observations of the natural world and know that they are descriptors collected using the five senses.
- 1st Grade
SC.1.L.14.1: Make observations of living things and their environment using the five senses.
SC.1.L.14.3: Differentiate between living and nonliving things.
SC.1.L.17.1: Through observation, recognize that all plants and animals, including humans, need the basic necessities of air, water, food, and space.
- 2nd Grade
SC.2.L.14.1: Distinguish human body parts (brain, heart, lungs, stomach, muscles, and skeleton) and their basic functions.
SC.2.L.17.1: Compare and contrast the basic needs that all living things, including humans, have for survival.
SC.2.L.17.2: Recognize and explain that living things are found all over Earth, but each is only able to live in habitats that meet its basic needs.
- 3rd Grade
SC.3.N.1.1: Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them individually and in teams through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.
SC.3.L.17.1: Describe how animals and plants respond to changing seasons.
SC.3.L.15.1: Classify animals into major groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates, those having live births and those which lay eggs) according to their physical characteristics and behaviors.
- 4th Grade
SC.4.L.17.4: Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment.
SC.4.L.17.2: Explain that animals, including humans, cannot make their own food and that when animals eat plants or other animals, the energy stored in the food source is passed to them.
SC.4.L.16.3: Recognize that animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning.
- 5th Grade
SC.5.L.14.2: Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support -- some with internal skeletons others with exoskeletons -- while some plants have stems for support.
SC.5.L.17.1: Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.
SC.5.L.15.1: Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.
- 6th Grade
SC.6.N.1.3: Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigation, and explain the relative benefits and limitations of each.
SC.6.N.1.5: Recognize that science involves creativity, not just in designing experiments, but also in creating explanations that fit evidence.
SC.6.L.15.1: Analyze and describe how and why organisms are classified according to shared characteristics with emphasis on the Linnaean system combined with the concept of Domains.
- 7th Grade
SC.7.L.15.2: Explore the scientific theory of evolution by recognizing and explaining ways in which genetic variation and environmental factors contribute to evolution by natural selection and diversity of organisms.
SC.7.L.17.1: Explain and illustrate the roles of and relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in the process of energy transfer in a food web.
SC.7.L.17.3: Describe and investigate various limiting factors in the local ecosystem and their impact on native populations, including food, shelter, water, space, disease, parasitism, predation, and nesting sites.
- 8th Grade
SC.8.N.1.6: Understand that scientific investigations involve the collection of relevant empirical evidence, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses, predictions, explanations and models to make sense of the collected evidence.
SC.8.N.4.1: Explain that science is one of the processes that can be used to inform decision making at the community, state, national, and international levels.
SC.8.N.4.2: Explain how political, social, and economic concerns can affect science, and vice versa.