Showing posts with label Minnesota Zoo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Minnesota Zoo. Show all posts

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Who Pooped? - Identify Animals by Scat/ Dung

Update: September 2020. Unfortunately, this resource is no longer available. It was a favorite of mine and many students for many years. 

Even if it is slightly gross Who Pooped? is a fun and educational site through which students try to identify animals by their scat or dung. I was reminded of the site over the weekend and thought that I just had to share it again.

Who Pooped? is an interactive game in which students learn about various animals by guessing which animal created which pile of poop. Believe it or not, there is actually some good information about the animals that follows each round of guessing who created which poop.

Applications for Education
If they can get past the "hilarity" of the "poop" images and noises, Who Pooped? could be a very engaging way for elementary school students to learn about various mammals. 

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Minnesota Zoo - Games and Online Adventures

The Minnesota Zoo has some fun activities and games that students can use to learn about tigers and wolves. The tiger portion of the Minnesota Zoo's website has five games designed for students age 10 and above. There are five activities or games in the tiger section. All five games can be played online.

The Wolf Quest game connected to the Minnesota Zoo's website has more features and can be played for longer periods of time than the tiger activities. The Wolf Quest has to be downloaded and installed in order to be played. Wolf Quest is available for PC and Mac operating systems.

Applications for Education
Three of the five tiger activities are loosely connected to each other. In the first game students track down a loose tiger by using a variety of clues provided to them. In the second game students design a zoo exhibit to house the tiger in. Then in the third game students find a mate for the tiger based on information they gather about tiger biology. Together these three activities can be used to make a great lesson plan about biology and using research to solve a variety of problems.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Fun Dinosaur Games and Lesson Plans
Teacher Linx- Create and Share Lesson Plans
Science Netlinks - Dozens of Science Lessons