Virtual Learning Lessons

Mote SEAtrek lessons are live, two-way, interactive virtual experiences between your school or organization and our laboratory in Florida. We can see and hear your learners and they can see and hear us. Lessons are based on the 60+ years of marine research at our lab. Options are available in 25 and 50 minute lengths for PreK-12th grades as well as Lifelong Learners.

If you have a computer, internet connection and a webcam, you can connect to us.

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FREE VIRTUAL STORY TIMES for K-2

Part of a series of free virtual education opportunities coming up from Mote Marine Laboratory. Your support can make more opportunities like this available. Thank you.

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Virtual Engagement. STEM-ulating Explorations: Take a virtual field trip with Mote.

Sharks Alive

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This lesson is focused on shark research at Mote Marine Laboratory. We begin with an overview of shark husbandry and training at our aquarium and the research technology we use. We end with a Question and Answer session with our Ocean Expert.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 11–18 (6th–12th) + Lifelong Learners
  • Research Connection: Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program
  • Animals in this lesson: game fish, reef fish, sharks, rays
  • Keywords: adaptation, anatomy, behavior, biodiversity, buoyancy, cartilage, climate change, conservation, elasmobranch, endangered, extinction, gills, habitat, husbandry, positive reinforcement, predator, species, taxonomy, training, vertebrate
  • Outline:
    • 3 min - Prior knowledge
    • 8 min - Demonstration of shark husbandry (training and care) and overview of Mote's research history and current shark research projects
    • 5 min - Role of sharks in their ecosystems
    • 3 min - What you can do to help (conservation)
    • ~6 min - Open Questions and Answers
    • Total time: 25 mins
  • Fee: $80  $64 (save 20% by requesting through CILC. Premium members save 25%.)

Sea Me Read: Smiley Shark

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Join us on an ocean adventure and meet a lonely shark who loves to smile. Read along as we help him save the day and find some friends. We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. Our thanks to Tiger Tales Publishing for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–8 (K–2nd)
  • Research Connection: Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program
  • Objectives: Students will learn about shark diversity and the characteristics of sharks. Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills. Finally, students will learn why sharks are threatened and what they can do to help conserve them.
  • Outline:
    • 3 min - Prior Knowledge
    • 7 min - The Story of Smiley Shark
    • 4 min - Fishy Thoughts quiz (reading comprehension)
    • 3 min - Smiley's shark photo album (shark diversity)
    • 3 min - What you can do to help (conservation)
    • ~5 min - Open Questions and Answers
    • Total time: 25 mins
  • Fee: $80  $64 (save 20% by requesting through CILC. Premium members save 25%.)

Sea Me Read: Clumsy Crab

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Snip, snap, clip, clap! Nipper the Crab hates his huge clumsy claws. Read along with us as we find out how useful Clumsy’s claws can be. In this videoconference. We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. Our thanks to Tiger Tales Publishing for making this lesson possible. Made possible by a generous grant from the Kates Foundation.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–8 (K–2nd)
  • Objectives: Students will learn about crab diversity and the characteristics of invertebrates. Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills.
  • Outline:
    • 3 min - Prior Knowledge
    • 8 min - The Story of Clumsy Crab
    • 6 min - Crabby Questions quiz (reading comprehension)
    • 3 min - What you can do to help (conservation)
    • ~5 min - Open Questions and Answers
    • Total time: 25 mins
  • Fee: $80  $64 (save 20% by requesting through CILC. Premium members save 25%.)

 

Calendar

Check the calendar below for available dates. We are generally available for requests Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM ET. Times and dates marked BOOKED or CLOSED are not available. Please contact our Helpline for scheduling help (seatrek@mote.org, 941-388-2904)


About Mote SEAtrek

Mote Marine Laboratory participated in distance learning demonstrations as early as 1994, allowing learners at sites as far away as England to drive an underwater drone in Mote Aquarium's shark habitat. In 1996, Mote began its own distance learning program, bringing high-energy, multimedia science lessons right into the classroom using interactive video technology. Our lessons feature the research of actual scientists working at the lab with interviews showing how their interests led them to their careers.

Mote SEAtrek has received numerous accolades and awards over its twenty year history, including numerous Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Award is given annually by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators. The award recognizes remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery. We thank all of our customers for their support in making this possible. In 2017, Mote SEAtrek received the Interactive Video Conference Content Provider Award from the International Society for Technology in Education.

 


Attention Sarasota Teachers!

Bring learning to life with explorations from Mote Marine Laboratory. Our ExploreSRQ 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 Mote SEAtrek virtual field trip.