DESCRIPTION: Venture down our Hall of Nebraska Wildlife! Listen to and identify animal sounds and discover how to think like a zoologist! We will view several museum dioramas full of native Nebraska animals. We encourage students to "think like a zoologist" as they study these animals. Session includes lots of interactive question and answer time, physical exploration and group discovery of fun facts about animal senses, habitats and behaviors. It's a zoological adventure!
1. DIORAMA MATERIALS: 8 plastic animals with easy to follow instructions. We suggest you have your students create dioramas to reinforce what animals need to survive in their habitats. This activity makes looking into our dioramas easier to understand.
2. VARIETY OF ANIMAL COVERINGS, FEATHERS, AND SCENT. We like to have the students touch and smell as we are visiting each animal diorama. You can also have them interact with the coverings (match with word choice) after the virtual field trip.
Return mail cost averages $15.00.
TEACHER FEEDBACK: "The kids liked making the diorama. I changed it to a group activity and we discussed how each animal looked (and felt the skins when one was provided) and where it would live." (Pre-school Class)
"The kit was wonderful! It gave the teachers direction in how to prepare for the field trip and helped the kids be ready to interact."
“We appreciated the animal sounds first, providing fewer, but very relevant details, and getting the class involved in answering questions throughout.”
“Thank you for a very fun, engaging field trip!!!! Kids loved the skins and making the diorama!”
Describe objects, organisms, or events using words and numbers
Use drawings and words to describe and share their observations with others
Structure of function of living systems
Identify the basic needs of living things (food, water, air, space, and shelter)
Observe and match plants and animals to their distinct habitats
LANGUAGE ARTS K-2
SPEAKING AND LISTENING:
LA 0.3.1c / LA 1.3.1c Utilize appropriate visual and or digital tools to support verbal communication.
LA 0.3.2 / LA 1.3.2 Listening: Students will develop and demonstrate active listening skills across a variety of situations.
MULTIPLE LITERACIES K-5
LA 0.4.1 / LA 1.4.1 Information fluency: Students will evaluate, create and communicate information in a variety of media and formats.
National Science Standards
NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
· Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
· Understanding about scientific inquiry NS.K-4.3 Life Science
· The characteristics of organisms
· Organisms and environments NS.K-4.7 History and Nature of Science
· Science as a human endeavor
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY. SL.K-2.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and aswering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K-2.3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K-2.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.