Care and maintenance of an aquarium and the responsibility of owning fish can be an excellent hands-on learning opportunity for children. Aquarium education can touch on almost every subject in a school’s curriculum. Parents can work with the aquarium store personnel to prepare short educational lessons for their children.
Science lessons come from learning fish facts and how fish breathe under water. Learning the anatomy of a fish teaches children an appreciation for the efficiency and adaptability of the fish’s body to its underwater world. Children can learn to understand the importance of the Nitrogen Cycle and how control of the ammonia in this cycle is critical to the health of the aquarium. More science lessons come from learning the definition of pH and being able to explain how if affects the tank’s water quality, as well as, how to test the pH level in the aquarium.
Lessons in mathematics can be learned by expressing fish in the tank in fractions and decimals, learning about the volume, area, and perimeter of the tank, as well as, the weight of the water. Researching the origins of the fish in the tank are good geography lessons. Children can research the history of the aquarium, fossils, and differences between saltwater and fresh water fish at the local library. A trip to a aquarium is an excellent family outing and a terrific opportunity for children to show off what they have learned.
Learning the proper technique for feeding fish – how much, how often – and the proper diet will enable students to become more responsible pet owners.