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.

Science in Zoos and Aquariums
Science in zoos and aquariums

Science Background

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, ...

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