Wild Animals Workshop
Activity designed for preschool students. They can also be adapted to primary year one and two.
Through different magnetised puzzles, students learn about the three broad environments (air, water and land) and the food given to four animals, such as macaws, lions, fish, dolphins or elephants.
There is also a guided tour through the Zoo to observe the animals in question.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Start time : 10:00 am - 11:30 am - 13:00 pm
Let's get ready
To get the maximum benefit from the Wild Animals Workshop at the Zoo, we recommend that you do some work at school on the following aspects before taking the workshop, both by discovering their environments and in other areas (art projects, body expression, oral and written expression, maths, etc.):
To understand the students’ interests and increase motivation about the animals:
- Make a compilation of songs about wild animals: elephants, wolves, fish and some bird.
- Have the children bring in any books, photos, cards, activity sheets or other materials about elephants, parrots, wolves and fish that they can obtain.
To observe animals:
- Have an aquarium to watch living fish in the classroom.
- Have the students look at animals in the wild, whether they are sparrows, pigeons or swallows in the schoolyard or others seen on outings to the forest or countryside.
As specific objectives:
- Recognise the noticeable aspects about the animals: differences in size and shape of elephants, wolves, fish and parrots.
- Identification of the animal’s different body parts and their functions.
- Understanding of the idea of wild animal.
Come to the Zoo
When reaching the Education Department, the class group will be welcomed by the Zoo educator (biologist), who will then accompany the children to the preschool classroom. There will then be a presentation in the classroom about how the activity works and about the animals they will be working with: the elephant, the wolf, the macaw and the fish.
The study of the morphology of these four animals and their different body parts will be done using a giant jigsaw puzzle of each animal. Students have to put the parts of the animal’s body into the right places and say what each of them is for.
They then describe and differentiate the three basic types of external layers: feathers, scales and fur. The type of food each animal eats will be explained with artificial foods.
The students must place the different foods they think each animal eats under the animal. The basic movements of the animals will be studied by putting different drawings of animals with the element in which they think they move: land, water or air.
Then there will be a guided tour of the Zoo, in which explanations about the animals will continue. The group can stay at the Zoo until closing time.
What we learned?
Suggestions about activities to do after the Wild Animals Workshop at the Zoo:
Natural and social sciences area:
- Prepare four index cards for the animals studied.
- Make murals with the pictures collected of animals, grouping them according to the place they live: in the water, on land or in the air.
- Draw the things that the children have learned about the elephant, the wolf, the macaw and the fish.
Oral and written expression:
- Create stories about the animals studied.
- Tell stories about some of the animals studied.
- Have them paint the animal they liked the best out of all they saw.
- Make costumes to represent some of the animals studied.
- Play imitation games, where the children have to guess which animal their classmate is acting out.
Evaluation of learning obtained:Create a theatre production representing everything they have learned.
- Create a theatre production representing everything they have learned.
- Create four index cards for the animals studied on which the students have to put the parts of their bodies, what body covering they have, what they eat, what element they live in and how they move.
CURRICULAR INTEGRATION OF THE WILD ANIMALS WORKSHOP
CROSS-CUTTING CURRICULUM AREAS
Education in defence of the environment.
RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM DISCIPLINES
Organisms and their relationship to the environment.
With respect to knowledge, facts and ideas:
- Know the parts of the body of four animals studied.
- Carefully observe the shapes and functions of the different body parts.
- Distinguish the external layers: fur, scales or feathers.
- Recognise which foods are best for each animal.
- Distinguish the different types of movements.
- Introduction to the concept of wild animal.
With respect to procedures:
- Learn to carefully observe the animals studied.
- Identify the proper foods for each animal.
- Deduce the type of movement of the different animals.
With respect to attitudes and values:
- Foster respect for animals through better knowledge of them.