K-2 Activities


The South Carolina Aquarium, in partnership with teachers, has created this online curriculum for teachers to use with their students in the classroom. The curriculum theme for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade is Habitats, a place where an organism lives. The activities teach concepts that build on this theme. All activities are based upon South Carolina Standards, and each activity contains background information, procedures, materials lists, standards addressed, assessments, curriculum extensions and resource lists. We hope teachers will enjoy this resource!

If you are a teacher planning to bring your students to the Aquarium to participate in our Habitats classroom program, we recommend completing the following activities before your visit. Those activities include: Living Things, Water Wonders and Habitats

Recommended Pre-visit Activity

Students classify a collection of living and non-living objects common to South Carolina to learn some of the characteristics of living things.

Recommended Pre-visit Activity

Students will participate in an activity in which they use their senses to explore the properties of water, determine why living things need water to survive and determine how water can collect in habitats for living things to use.

Recommended Pre-visit Activity

Students will learn about what a living thing needs in order to survive in a habitat as well as get acquainted with different types of habitats.


Students will plant rice seeds and observe them for 2 weeks to see how different factors (lack of light, air, nutrients, water and space) affect their growth and development. Students will understand that plants need all of these things to survive.


The teacher will read aloud the book The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer and discuss it with the students. Students should consider what they would do to ensure a salamander would survive if they were to keep one as a pet. 


Students will observe living things around the school to see where they are found and determine what defines a habitat.


Students will use maps and pictures to learn that each region in South Carolina has different habitats. Students will then create dioramas to represent some of these habitats.

Recommended Post-visit Activity

Students investigate how people have changed the environment around their school. They design an action project to improve some aspect of the habitats in their schoolyard or local community.