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 Self-Guided Activities at the Zoo

Get your students involved in learning while at the Zoo! These standards-based, multi-curricular activities are meant to be a la cart so teachers can choose which topics and subjects they want their students to explore. See how these activities align our Ohio’s state standards and NGSS.


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M=Math,  S=Science,  SS=Social Studies,  T=Technology,  L=Language Arts,  C=Creative Arts

Activity

Description

Animal Observers-Night Hunters Ask questions and make predictions while investigating nocturnal animals. L, M
Animal Observers-Wings of the World Ask questions and make predictions while investigating birds of the world. L, M
Color the Rainbow Find out how colors help animals survive. S, C
Do You Hear What I Hear Identify the different shapes animal ears make! S, M
Crazy Legs Use counting to explore how people and Zoo animals use their legs S, M
Ani-Math Count and group animals at the Zoo to help practice math skills S, M

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Crazy Legs Use counting to explore how people and Zoo animals use their legs S, M
Ani-Math Count and group animals at the Zoo to help practice math skills S, M
Ani-Moves Observe adaptations that help animals move around. S
Animal Survival Inquiry Use inquiry to explore questions about how animals survive. S
Ant Antics Practice observation skills on some of the Zoo’s smallest residents. S
Big Math Become a math master with a little help from our elephants. M
Color the Rainbow Find out how colors help animals survive. S, C
Do You Hear What I Hear? Identify the different shapes animal ears make! S,M
Primate Antics Practice observation skills on the Zoo’s primates. S
Staying Alive! Explore physical and behavioral adaptations that keep animals alive. S
Toetally Wild Look at animal footprints and discover how quickly toes and feet can add up. M

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Exsqueeze Me Gather data and create pie charts to determine if the Zoo is displaying snakes people want to see. M
Handy Primates Use observation and inquiry to find out about primate handedness. S
Insect Life Cycles Explore how insects go through a “big change” at the World of the Insect. S
Toetally Wild Look at animal footprints and discover how quickly toes and feet can add up. M

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Description

Animal Stereotypes Identify animal stereotypes and the impacts they may have. L, S
Ecosystem Architect Design an imaginary ecosystem using Zoo residents. S
Ethology and Inquiry Examine animal behavior and why studying it is important. S
Exhibit Consultant Observe exhibit preferences, collect data, graph and analyze results. S, M
Investigating Enrichment Explore enrichment and why it is important. S
Ultimate Survival Explore how animals and plants interact with their environment. S

Activity

Description

Animal Stereotypes Identify animal stereotypes and the impacts they may have. L, S
Ecosystem Architect Design an imaginary ecosystem using Zoo residents. S
Ethology and Inquiry Examine animal behavior and why studying it is important. S
Exhibit Consultant Observe exhibit preferences, collect data, graph and analyze results. S, M
Investigating Enrichment Explore enrichment and why it is important. S
Zoo Careers Could you work at the Zoo? S, T, L

For the Classroom

There are thousands of wildlife and conservation organizations across the United and around the world that are doing amazing work to conserve wildlife and wild places and educate the public.

Check out the below resources that would be great for a pre or post field trip activity, or to augment your curriculum.


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ResourceDescription
General Info
Adaptations
Conservation Initiatives
Local Wildlife
Citizen Science
Webcams, Activities, Crafts
Teaching Aids
Training
Explore.org - Polar Bear CamLive webcam feed from Tundra Buggy Lodge in Churchill, Manitoba
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Polar Bears International - Tundra ConnectionsEducator resource of webcasts from Polar Bears International
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Project WILD Educators can get trained on delivering interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education through field investigations, career connections, outdoor components, and classroom activities.
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ODNR Environmental EducationEnvironmental education resources from projects, to grants, to workshops, to databases, to research guides, etc.
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World Wildlife Fund ResourcesLots of resources for teachers and students from lessons to crafts to videos, etc.
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Audubon - Kids WebsiteKids/students can learn more about bird species, adaptations, vocabulary, play interactive and educational games, etc.
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology K-12Resources for educators to connect students to nature, participate in citizen science, and conduct their own studies
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ODNR Stewardship and Citizen ScienceODNR's environmental projects that anyone can help with as well as resources for conducting one's own research or environmental management
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iNaturalistEasy-to-use website and app for identifying species and sharing findings with others in your area; data could be used in actual research
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Zooniverse.orgFull of various citizen science activities, such as helping identify species spotted on webcams around the world; data could be used in actual research
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Don't Feed Wildlife (USDA)USDA's reasons why you shouldn't feed wildlife
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Don't Feed Wildlife (Western Michigan University)Western Michigan University's reasons why you shouldn't feed wildlife
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National Wildlife Federation - Garden for Wildlife at SchoolsTips/steps from the NWF on creating a wildlife-friendly area on school property
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National Wildlife Federation - Garden for Wildlife at HomeTips/steps from the NWF on creating a wildlife-friendly backyard
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OSU Backyard Enhancement for WildlifeTips from OSU on how to create a wildlife-friendly backyard
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USDA Wildlife HabitatTips from the USDA on how to create an area in your yard that is wildlife friendly
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Audubon - Activities and DIYKid-friendly, educational activities and crafts that help students learn about local birds and other wildlife and that can benefit said wildlife
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Crash Course Kids - Life Science: Ecosystems and Flow of Energy (YouTube)Brief video lessons that highlight important aspects of ecology in kid-friendly terms
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Crash Course Videos - Ecology, Evolution & Genetics, Zoology (YouTube)Better for older students; brief video lessons highlighting the most important aspects of the given topic (videos are on ALL subjects but I recommend the Ecology, Evolution & Genetics, and Zoology videos)
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SciShow Kids - Awesome Animals (YouTube)Kid-friendly educational videos regarding many different species and their adaptations or behaviors
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Explore.orgLive webcams of all kinds of species all over the world. This website also organizes Katmai NP's Fat Bear Week.
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Cincinnati Parks - Backyard Bird FeedingNaturalist shares tips for backyard bird feeding on their FB page
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Explorer MindsetThis resource, as well as the Explorer Mindset App, are inspired by the Learning Framework, created by National Geographic Education by educators, National Geographic staff, and child development experts.
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National Geographic - Online Courses for EducatorsProfessional development opportunities for formal and informal educators
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National Wildlife Federation - Lesson Plans and WebinarsLesson plans and webinars by the NWF organized by topic and grade level, and align with the National Science Education Standards
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Cincinnati Zoo - Field Conservation InitiativesComprehensive list of all of the Zoo's field (in-situ) conservation initiatives
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Cincinnati Zoo's Build a Better Home For Wildlife campaignLocal/native species conservation initiatives and coexistence strategies for the public
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USDA Conservation Education Educator ToolboxResources for educators organized by grade bands to help bring conservation education to their classrooms
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USDA Conservation Education Student CornerResources for students to learn about forests and grasslands, how to get involved in citizen science, learn about forestry careers, etc. Fun activities can be downloaded as well.
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Cincinnati Zoo - Teacher Connections Crafts and Activities (Pinterest)Pinterest boards containing different crafts, activities, and learning resources for teachers, organized by topic
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PBS Kids - Nature GamesPlay games connected to different PBS Kids shows (such as Wild Kratts) to learn about nature, from animal adaptations to composting.
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National Zoo - Habitat WebcamsLive video feeds of some of the animals at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
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Living Classroom Education Access Fund

Living Classroom Education Access Fund Financial Assistance is available to under-resourced schools in our target areas. Eligible schools can apply for free field trips, After Hours programs, and virtual programs. To receive Financial Assistance, teachers must complete an application and agree to the LCEAF terms and conditions.

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