The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is extending an invitation to interested teachers for participation in a school-based citizen science program focused on climate change. The climates of the world are changing at an alarming rate and we can see these changes in the plants and animals around us. Through careful observation we are able to track the changes that are taking place now and make predictions of what is yet to come. Through this partnership teachers and students will participate in collecting data to be presented on the Maryland Zoo’s website. Students will be invited to come to the Zoo on a field trip where they will participate in a free ZooLab and discover how the changing climates of the world impact plant and animal life. If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Space is limited.
All participating teachers receive:
Estimated value = $600.00
ZooLabs are focused learning sessions that last 30 to 60 minutes and highlight animal-related topics. With the use of Animal Ambassadors, hands-on activities, and discussion, Zoo educators lead students though a fun and exciting class that supports Maryland State Curriculum Standards. Program content can be tailored to fit the needs of multi-aged groups.
Price: $125 per program
Maximum group size: 30 students
Program length: 30 to 60 minutes depending on the program
Got Adaptations? (recommended for grades 2-5) 30 minutes
Congratulations! You Survive! Animals need food, water, and shelter to survive. Learn about the amazing adaptations of animals at the Zoo that enable their wild counterparts to survive in their native habitats.
Cracking the Cranial Code (recommended for grade 3 and up) 30 minutes
Students become detectives using math skills, inquiry, and keen observations to analyze animal skulls and determine the identities, dietary preferences, and sensory adaptations of several animals. Each group of skeletal sleuths presents its results to the class, comparing and contrasting findings.
Maryland Mystery Animal (recommended for grades 3-5) 30 minutes
Be a wildlife biologist and learn how to investigate animal signs using scales, rulers, visual observations, and mathematical equations. Students will use evidence from the information they collect to solve a mystery! We have been sent four boxes of wildlife observations from a farmer, a home owner, a teacher, and a hiker. You and your team of wildlife biologists will do the measuring, the calculating, and the weighing to find out which animal these people were observing.
Rainforest Zoolab (recommended for grades 2 and 3) 30 minutes
Give your students the opportunity to climb the different layers of the rainforest. Learn how important the rainforest is not only to the animals who live there, but to the entire world. Discuss how individuals and groups of organisms interact with each other and their rainforest environment. Look closely at resources we use on a daily basis and discover where they come from. Brainstorm ways that we can all respect this valuable habitat and conserve our resources.
Animal Behavior Zoolab (recommended for grades 9-12)
Students will learn how essential animal training is to husbandry practices at the Zoo. As we discuss the psychology behind training, while referencing classical and operant conditioning, select students will participate in a training demonstration and learn how to use tools to communicate an idea. The instructor will introduce the class to specific training programs we facilitate at the Zoo while observing live training demonstrations.
Walk Across Maryland (recommended for grades 1 and 2) 30 minutes
Maryland is a little state with a big impact on wildlife. Using movement, sound, and interactive activities we will take a journey through Maryland’s diverse habitats which include meadows, marshes, caves, and woodlands. We will learn about the animals that live in these habitats and what they need to survive.
Trouble in a suitcase! (recommended for grades 5-8)
Calling all actors and actresses! While role playing, your students will participate in a round table discussion on problems associated with using animal resources. The class will learn about a range of issues that impact people across the globe when these resources are used. Through the use of artifacts students will learn about the traditional African uses of mammals, birds, reptiles and more while debating how much an animal is really worth.
Wings Over Maryland Meadow (recommended for grades 1 and 2)
Explore Maryland’s state insect–The Checkerspot butterfly! Would you rather eat a butterfly’s lunch or a caterpillar’s lunch? Learn insect body structures through dramatic play as one lucky student is transformed into a magnificent butterfly. Play a metamorphosis game to understand the amazing life cycle of these animals. Learn how people’s actions can make a big difference in an environment.
Creepy Crawlies (recommended for grades 1 and 2)
Buzzzzzz… NO! Don’t squash that! Discover what is so important about our six and eight legged friends. Practice classifying organisms according to physical features while identifying similarities and differences. Learn how these amazing creatures use their body parts to live and survive in their habitats.
Krazy Critter Kingdom (recommended for grades 1-4) 30 minutes
What is an Animal Kingdom? In this Zoolab students will look closely at taxonomy through an interactive story which describes why scientists break animals into different groups for easier study. Students will test their knowledge by looking at mystery boxes filled with animal characteristics. Can they identify the characteristics of a fish, amphibian, mammal, bird, or reptile?
Animal Signs and Radio telemetry (recommended for grades 9-12) 30 minutes
The life of a wildlife biologist, ranger, or researcher can be tricky when it comes to finding the animals they are studying and protecting. During this Zoolab, students should come prepared for an outdoor classroom experience where they will look closely at how to track an animal using scat, tracks, and radio telemetry.
Working for Wildlife (recommended for grades 6-12)
Wouldn’t it be fun to work at a zoo? This is your chance to find out! Students learn about careers paths in the zoo world from ticket booth operator to head veterinarian, why each job is important and the education and experience needed to obtain these jobs. Students will examine tools of the trade and learn ways they can fulfill their dreams and work with animals. Teachers receive a post visit packet complete with zoo job descriptions to use as a follow up.