Oceanarium Reimagined Activity Teacher's Sheet With Key
Teacher’s Sheet with Key
(Reopened on May 22, 2009.)
Aerial view of Chicago's Museum Campus
In Chicago, there is the Chicago’s Museum Campus. It’s composed of the Shedd
Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Soldier Field, all tied together by
You’re going to watch a video on the Shedd Aquarium. It’s one of the premier
aquariums in the USA and home to an impressive collection of underwater life.
PRE – VIEWING
What sea animals are these? Match the names to the pictures below:
(1) bottlenose dolphin (5) beluga cab (9) sea turtle
(2) penguin chick (6) fishes (10) sea horse
(3) sea otter (7) manatee (11) lobster
(4) star fish (8) jelly fish (12) sea lion
(2) penguin chick (12) sea lion (9) sea turtle
(10) sea horse (3) sea otter (1) bottlenose dolphin
(4) star fish (8) jellyfish (6) fishes
(5) beluga cab (11) lobster (7) manatee
Watch the video “OCEANARIUM REIMAGINED” and select above the sea
animals that are mentioned.
KEY: Beluga cab, penguin chicks, sea otters, sea lions and fishes.
Watch the video again and decide if the following statements are true (T) or
1. (F) The Shedd Aquarium was reimagined in 1991.
2. (F) The Shedd Aquarium is the most visited aquarium in the world.
3. (T) The Shedd Aquarium was reimagined to improve both the animals’
habitats and the facilities for the guests.
4. (T) In the Shedd Aquarium, one can go into the water and relate to the
5. (F) The beluga whales are the only performers in the amphitheater
6. (F) Now the otters have a new home along the rocky shores.
To the teacher: Elicit some regular verbs in the past tense, and ask students to
decide if the pronunciation of those verbs is the same or different. Write the verbs on
the board, in the correct column. Explain that the “-ed” ending of verbs in the past /
past participle forms has three pronunciations: / t /, / d / or / Id /. Drill them. Hand in
the video script to the students and ask them to watch the video again to find out
examples of the different pronunciations of “-ed”.
Watch the video once more, underline the regular verbs in the video script below and
decide if the “-ed” ending of these verbs are pronounced / t /, / d / or / Id /. Could
you find all the three types? Note that some words ending in “–ed” are not verbs;
they are adjectives: e.g. – improved lighting.
SHEDD AQUARIUM – CHICAGO
Hi, I’m Ken Ramires. I’m the Senior Vice-President of animal collections and animal
training here at Shedd. I’d like to introduce you to Shedd Aquarium’s Reimagined
Oceanarium. You know, when the Oceanarium opened in 1991, it quickly became a
must-see in Chicago. Today it’s one of the most visited marine mammal pavilions in
the world and a premier conservation of education facility. Over the years we’ve seen
beluga cabs born, penguin chicks hatch and rescued sea otters thrive. A whole
generation of Chicago children has enjoyed the wonders of the Oceanarium. Now
after 17 years, the time has come for a major renovation. We’ve recoated the pools,
done necessary maintenance work, and updated the animal life-support operations.
We also made major enhancements to existing exhibits and added some new
experiences to ensure that your journey through the Oceanarium is more amazing
than ever. The Oceanarium was also home to our beloved beluga whales. Now
joining them are loud and boisterous California sea lions, with a renovated habitat
and a larger viewing area for our guests. Also new is the ITW Foundation Beluga
Trail, a rushing river leading to a pristine estuary featuring new salt and fresh water
fishes. One of our newest habitats is the grandeur beluga encounter pool, which will
enable small groups of guests guided by trainers to wade into the water and make
important and life-changing connections with these gentle giants. At the Center of the
Oceanarium is the amphitheater overlooking whale harbor. Over the years, our
marine mammal presentations have showcased the awesome natural behaviors and
learned skills of these animals and their trainers. It’s been pure magic. But now, with
major enhancements to the Oceanarium’s amphitheater, things are going to get a lot
more magical. A favorite of many visitors, the playful otters, some rescued twenty
years ago after the Exxon Valley’s oil spill, will soon return to their renovated home.
The Reganstein Otter Trail Habitat: with improved lighting as well as greater
accessibility to viewing windows for all guests, the otters are sure to enjoy their new
and improved home adjacent to the tide pool along the rocky shores of the Pacific
Northwest. We’re excited by these great changes at Shedd and hope that you are
too. Please consider supporting the Oceanarium renovation and “making waves”
campaign. Be an Oceanarium showstopper with a gift of five thousand dollars or
more and you can name your own seat in the amphitheater.
Opened / d /
Visited / Id /
Rescued / d /
Enjoyed / d /
Recoated / Id /
Updated / Id /
Added / Id /
Guided / Id /
Showcased / t /
Learned / d /
Note to the teacher:
1. When the pronunciation of the infinitive ends in a vowel or voiced consonant, the
pronunciation of the _ed suffix will be /d/.
2. When the pronunciation of the infinitive ends with a voiceless consonant, the
pronunciation of the _ed suffix will be /t/.
3. When the pronunciation of the infinitive ends with an alveolar stop consonant – /d/
or /t/, – the pronunciation of the _ed suffix will be /Id/.