Title: A field trip to the zoo

Description: This virtual field trip to the zoo will assist students with learning biology. Each exhibit in the zoo provides a different learning experience aligned to meet different learning outcomes. Zoo exhibits are intended to enrich students’ knowledge of animal diversity by making connections to geography, of food webs to give a better understanding of the dependence of organism on their environments, of an animal’s internal structure and function, and of classification systems and differences between similar animals. At each exhibit, students read background information on an animal; perform an activity intended to help with developing scientific habits of mind, understanding the nature of science, and gaining content knowledge; and record information on an online form which can be printed before exiting the zoo.

Georgia Performance standards:
Habits of Mind
S7CS1 Students will explore the importance of curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism in science and will exhibit these traits in their own efforts to understand how the world works.
S7CS3 Students will have the computation and estimation skills necessary for analyzing data and following scientific explanations.
S7CS4 Students will use tools and instruments for observing, measuring, and manipulating equipment and materials in scientific activities.
S7CS5 Students will use the ideas of system, model, change, and scale in exploring scientific and technological matters.
S7CS6 Students will communicate scientific ideas and activities clearly.
S7CS7 Students will question scientific claims and arguments effectively.
Nature of Science
S7CS8 Students will investigate the characteristics of scientific knowledge and how that knowledge is achieved.
S7CS9 Students will investigate the features of the process of scientific inquiry.
S7CS10 Students will enhance reading in all curriculum areas.

S7CL1 Students will investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically.
S7CL2 Students will describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
S7CL4 Students will examine the dependence of organisms on one another and their environments.
S7CL5 Students will examine the evolution of living organisms through inherited characteristics that promote the survival of organisms and the survival of successive generations of their offspring.

Georgia Performance standards by Exhibit:
Big Cats - S7CS1, S7CS4, S7CS5, S7CS6, S7CS8, S7CS9, S7CS10, and S7CL1.
Gorilla - S7CS1, S7CS4, S7CS5, S7CS6, S7CS8, S7CS9, S7CS10, and S7CL2.
Panda - S7CS1, S7CS4, S7CS5, S7CS6, S7CS8, S7CS9, S7CS10, and S7CL2.
Rhinocerous - S7CS1, S7CS4, S7CS5, S7CS6, S7CS8, S7CS9, S7CS10, and S7CL4.
Giraffe - S7CS1, S7CS3, S7CS4, S7CS5, S7CS6, S7CS7, S7CS8, S7CS9, S7CS10, and S7CL5.
Elephant - S7CS1, S7CS4, S7CS6, S7CS8, S7CS9, and S7CS10.
Golden Lion Tamerin - S7CS1, S7CS4, S7CS6, S7CS8, S7CS9, and S7CS10.

Topic: Endangered species and public awareness/action
Online zoo web quest. Students design a new zoo exhibit for a specific endangered species and develop a public research report to promote public awareness and action. Provides links to endangered species sites which might provide good information to supplement an exhibit depending on the species. http://www.west.asu.edu/achristie/548/02WQ/jeanine/backgroundinformation.html

Topic: Animal habitats
This virtual zoo informs students about animals to increase public awareness. Information includes the following animals: bears, small mammals, reptiles, African animals, amphibians, monkeys, pandas, cats, birds, and ocean life. Also includes animal habitats, which could be helpful in connecting science to geography.

Topic: Links to zoos across the country
Site provides links to zoos across the country. The national zoo has animal web cams. The San Diego zoo has a lot on conservation. I would like to incorporate the use of the web cams and have students explore conservation at an exhibit.

Topic: Web cams
Site provides links to virtual web cams from zoos across the country.

Topic: Photo gallery of animals
This site includes a virtual zoo and photo gallery. The photo gallery might be a good place to find pictures to place on my page.

The American zoo and aquarium association provides information on conservation education. The text in this site is a good resource for covering the GPS conservation strand.

A great site for finding information to include in the text of an activity. Topics include zoological medicine, reproductive science, tropical ecosystems, temperate ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems, conservation GIS mapping, migratory birds, endangered species science, and zoo animal enrichment.

University of Michigan Museum of Zoology provides a site titled Animal Diversity Web. The site is a great place to start learning about animal diversity.

University of Wisconsin and Michigan State Comparative Mammalian Brain Collection funded by NSF and NIH. Site contains images of the brains of many mammals.

Workshop Materials
Why they do what they do at the zoo? Animal behavior and the brain.
Materials collected during a behavioral neuroscience workshop for science teachers sponsored by the CBN, Zoo Atlanta, and Georgia State University.

Alcock, J. (2001). Animal behavior (7th ed.). Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc.
This book provides a solid foundation for understanding animal behavior.

Greenwood, T. and Allen R. (2004). Senior biology 1: Student resource and activity manual. New Zealand: Biozone International Ltd.
This book provides activities for helping students understand biological concepts. Could provide some ideas for generating activities at different zoo exhibits on the website.

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Last update: June 2, 2007