nWave Pictures Distribution is proud to present this Educator’s Guide & Activities for use in conjunction with the release of Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland, the giant screen film written by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The narration of the film is provided by Emmy-award winning conservationist Jeff Corwin (for the North American release), and by Sir David Attenborough (for the international release). The curriculum content in this Guide is consistent with both U.S. National Education Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards and includes classroom activities for students in grades K-8, with complete units for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.

Our educational objectives are:

  • To examine the geologic processes that formed the Galapagos Islands and still shape life on the islands today.
  • To investigate how ocean currents sustain life on the Galapagos Islands and link them to the broader ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean.
  • To explore the different habitats on several of the Galapagos Islands and find how animals and plants have adapted to these habitats to make the Galapagos a model of biodiversity.
  • To observe how the famous Galapagos Tortoise has adapted to two very different habitats, and consider the role humans can play in protecting habitats from harm.
A Message from the Filmmakers

The Galapagos Islands are one of the wonders of the world - a living science laboratory. We wanted to bring you the Galapagos as never before seen, using cutting-edge filming technologies. This film gives you the chance to not just see the amazing creatures and landscape of the Galapagos up very close, but to feel like you are right there amongst them. The Galapagos Islands are populated with charismatic and highly unusual animals — some unique to the islands — like tropical penguins, Galapagos Sharks, sea lions, diving black Marine Iguanas, and the newly-discovered Pink Iguanas. By studying how these animals and other life-forms adapted to this unique environment, we can better understand and protect not just the Galapagos Archipelago, but our entire fragile planet. We hope you enjoy the film and are inspired to learn more about the incredible Galapagos Islands.

Sir David Attenborough
Writer / Narrator
Anthony Geffen


Additional online resources:

About the Galapagos Islands

Climate and Meteorology of the Galapagos Islands AIR RACERS OFFICIAL SHOP
Destination: Galapagos Islands PLANES OF FAME AIR MUSEUM
The Effect of El Nino in Galapagos on the Marine Fish and Birds RENO AIR RACING ASSOCIATION
Galapagos Conservation Trust PLANES OF FAME AIR MUSEUM
Galapagos Geology on the Web AIR AND SPACE MAGAZINE
Ocean Currents Tutorial AIR AND SPACE MAGAZINE
This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics AIR AND SPACE MAGAZINE

National Geographic Resources

National Geographic Kids PLANES OF FAME AIR MUSEUM