Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 34: Science in Zoos and Aquariums
Zoos and aquariums are available in most middle- and large-sized towns and cities. Even many rural areas are within a reasonable traveling distance of a zoo, aquarium, or wildlife sanctuary. Such facilities offer students a way to connect with the natural world and its wildlife, while also gaining a better understanding of why it is important that humans live in balance with nature.
Many zoos include examples of animals from the region's local environment. Create, with your students, a regional zoo list (possibly with student reports of the type described below) that focuses on animals that can be found living within 100 miles of your school. In a place like Miami, this list would include alligators, ...