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

Monday, June 29, 2020

Cincinnati Zoo Offers Daily Virtual Zoo Visits

We're halfway through 2020. This week I'm taking some time off from the blog to work on some other projects. The rest of this week I'm going to re-run some of the most popular posts and videos of the year so far. 

Back in March I my sister, who lives near Cincinnati, shared a Facebook post with me about the Cincinnati Zoo's daily virtual zoo visits. I thought it was a neat thing that my kids would like too. I wrote a short blog post about it to share with those of you who have kids at home. I didn't expect it to be a popular post. It has turned out to be the single most popular post I've written all year. Here it is for those who missed it the first time around.

Yes, the zoo is still holding these virtual visits. I get Facebook notifications about them everyday. 

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is closed to the public right now and thousands (millions?) of kids are home from school right now too. That's why the zoo has announced that they're hosting daily "Home Safaris" beginning today at 3pm ET. These Home Safaris will be broadcast live on Facebook. Each Home Safari will feature a different animal and a related at-home activity. Be sure to follow the zoo's Facebook page to be notified when the Home Safaris begin.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The National Zoo's Activities You Can Do at Home

My daughters are currently obsessed with a book titled On the Loose in Washington D.C. It's a book created in the "Where's Waldo" style, but instead of having to find Waldo you have to find animals. The premise of the book is that all of the animals have escaped from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and you have to find them. The preface to the book encourages readers to visit the National Zoo's website to learn more about the animals. That's what I did this week when I found the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Activities You Can Do at Home.

There are sixteen activities in the Activities You Can Do at Home collection. There are activities suitable for students of all ages. Even though nearly all of the activities could be modified for any age, a target age is listed below each activity in the collection.

Some of the activities in the Activities You Can Do at Home collection include simple games that kids can play on their own, live animal webcams that students can watch and record observations about, and there are some full-blown plans for lessons that you could carry out over the course of a few days.

Here are a few of the activities that stood out to me as I reviewed the Activities You Can Do at Home collection:

  • Rainforest Wonders - this activity features a guide to helping K-2 students explore the world around them through the use of five senses. This could be a great one to recommend to parents who are looking for activities to do at home with their kids.
  • All About Amphibians - this eight-part activity is set-up like a mini online course for elementary school students to learn about the differences between reptiles and amphibians and the role of amphibians in an ecosystem. Kids will also see some neat pictures and videos of amphibians in this activity.
  • National Zoo Webcams - sit back and enjoy watching some of the most popular animals at the zoo. And if you want to encourage kids to document what they see, you can distribute an observation recording sheet. 


Monday, March 16, 2020

The Cincinnati Zoo Launches Daily Virtual Zoo Visits

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is closed to the public right now and thousands (millions?) of kids are home from school right now too. That's why the zoo has announced that they're hosting daily "Home Safaris" beginning today at 3pm ET. These Home Safaris will be broadcast live on Facebook. Each Home Safari will feature a different animal and a related at-home activity. Be sure to follow the zoo's Facebook page to be notified when the Home Safaris begin.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Interactive Online Lessons About Zoos

The Bronx Zoo offers a nice page of resources for elementary school and middle school educators. Among the resources available on the Bronx Zoo's educators page are videos (served via YouTube), lesson plans, and interactive online activities. The lesson plans are generally oriented toward an audience that is planning a zoo visit, but some of the plans can be used without making a zoo visit. There are four interactive online activities designed for elementary school and middle school audiences. The interactive activities include two identification games, a quiz, and a narrated slideshow about camels adapting to their environments.

Applications for Education
While most of the lesson plans on the Bronx Zoo website are intended for those who will be visiting the zoo, the lessons could be adapted to suit other zoos. Likewise some of the lessons could be used without visiting a zoo at all.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Critter Cams Provide Students With an Opportunity to See Wildlife Live

It has been a long winter here in Maine, but soon we will start to hear spring peepers in the evening. That sound is a sure sign that other animals are coming out of hibernation and new animals are being born. If you would like your students to see some baby animals in action, take a look at the Wildlife Center of Virginia's Critter Cams. Critter Cams offers live look-ins at black bear yearlings, horned owls, and a bald eagle.

Another opportunity to view live webcams of animals is found through the National Zoo app for Windows 8. The National Zoo app features live webcam feeds of panda bears, lions and their cubs, tigers, cheetahs, and fish. Because these are live webcams sometimes you'll see the animals and sometimes you won't. If the webcam feed isn't showing the animals when you're viewing it you can switch to the gallery of still imagery.

Explore.org and Wild Earth offer live webcam feeds featuring animals in nature. Both of those resources are included in 7 Sites for Helping Students Learn About Wildlife.

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

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bronx Zoo Online Interactives

The Bronx Zoo has a good page of resources for elementary school and middle school educators. Among the resources available on the Bronx Zoo's educators page are videos (served via YouTube), lesson plans, and interactive online activities. The lesson plans are generally oriented toward an audience that is planning a zoo visit, but some of the plans can be used without making a zoo visit. There are four interactive online activities designed for elementary school and middle school audiences. The interactive activities include two identification games, a quiz, and a narrated slideshow about camels adapting to their environments.

Applications for Education
While most of the lesson plans on the Bronx Zoo website are intended for those who will be visiting the zoo, the lessons could be adapted to suit other zoos. Likewise some of the lessons could be used without visiting a zoo at all.

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

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Minnesota Zoo 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
The 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.