We believe that any trip to Noah's Landing or visit from our animals is just the beginning. That's why we've pulled together the best of our own classroom curriculum (tried each year in our Junior Zookeeper classroom) to provide you with fun ideas for extending the lesson.
First, here are a few resources to aid with your planning:
Enrich Your Tour
These activities are designed to enrich your Noah's Landing tour, transforming your students from mere participants in the day to active learners and knowledge constructors.
How do animals survive in the wild? Teach key adaptation traits with this tour game where students try to find enough animal adaptations to get "Bingo!"
Noah's Scavenger Hunt
Print out these worksheets and challenges your students to listen for clues throughout the tour. Reward those that get everything correct!
Post-Visit Reflection Tools
Reflection is a critical part of learning. Use these activities to help students think about the animals they met at Noah's Landing.
Ask students to create a journal entry based on their visit. What did they see? What was their favorite animal? Can they remember facts about their animal? Consider asking students to draw a picture to accompany their entry.
Broadcast Bulletin Board
Let other students learn from your experience. Encourage students to draw pictures of their favorite animal at Noah's Landing and to include a few fun facts. Hang these pictures in the hallway or create an "Our Field Trip Board" to teach other students.
It's never too early to begin instilling those values that we hope our students will carry throughout life: service, community, engagement. Challenge your students to "adopt" Noah's Landing as a community service project and tie your visit into a larger project to encourage volunteering and service.
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