Animals and mankind Workshop
The saying goes that ‘you should never tire of the land or wild animals!’ ("A la terra i al bestiar, mai has de fatigar"). In an interesting journey through the facilities, visiting the domestic animals present at the Zoo, we will discover their amazing origins, the degree to which humanity depends on them and how to care for their wellbeing. We will also start to introduce key concepts to them related to their names (pig, sow, piglet…), the sounds they make (barking, neighing...) and we will compare the past and present of these domestic animals by bearing in mind the use that mankind makes of them.
Length: 2 hours
Start times: 10.00 am
To get the most out of the Workshop Animals and mankind at the Zoo, we suggest that you do some work in the classroom first, both in the area of experiences and in other subjects (visual arts, body expression, oral and written expression, maths...) on these issues:
To arouse students’ interest and increase their motivation about the animals:
- Make large sketches of typical animals on a farm
- Talk about the different names that farmyard animals have for the males, females and babies
- Imitate the sounds these animals make
- Collect stories and songs about the farmyard animals that the students find
For watching the animals:
- Try to find a chicken or duck chick that you can all watch in the classroom
- Visit a traditional farm
- Watch excerpts from documentaries on farmyard animals
As specific objectives:
- Comprehension of the idea of farmyard animal compared to wild animal
- Identification of farm animals’ different body parts and the functions they perform
- Recognise the most characteristic animals on farms
- Match the origin of the animals from which they originated
- Basic notions on feeding and care of farmyard animals
- Learning which products are obtained from farmyard animals
Let’s go to the Zoo
When you reach the Education Department, the classroom group will be welcomed by a Zoo educator (biologist) who will take you and students to the Zoo Farm. We will visit the wild animals from which the domestic animals originated on this tour.
In the farm classroom, there will be a presentation of the animals’ activities.
All ideas will be worked on via a group game that is done at the Zoo Farm with our animals in front of them. To study their feed and diets, the children will have the opportunity to give food to some animals at the Zoo Farm. This is when there will be a short guided tour of the Farm.
The farmyard animals will be matched with the different products that man obtains from them, and the children will be offered different objects and/or materials that they must then place under the puzzle piece of the animal that produces them.
The group can stay on the Zoo grounds until the Zoo closes for the day.
What have we learned?
Suggested activities to do after you take:
Area for discovering the natural and social environment:
- Create data sheets on the animals you learned about
- Make a mural of a farm, a house and the forest Collect photos of animals and group them according to the categories of farmyard animal, domestic animal and wild animal, and put them into their corresponding place on the mural.
- Make a mural to match the name of the sound the animal makes with its onomatopoeia
Oral and written expression:
- Act out stories on the animal or animals you worked on
- Explain stories about some of the animals you’ve seen
- Paint the animal you liked the best out of all that you’ve seen
- Make a face or gesture that represents an animal and/or dress up as a farmyard animal
- Play games imitating the characteristic sounds and movements of different farmyard animals
Evaluation of learning:
- Create farmyard animal files writing down the use that man makes of each one
CROSS-CURRICULAR CORE AREAS
- Education on protecting the environment
RELATIONSHIPS TO CURRICULUM SUBJECTS
- Bodies and their relationship to the environment
With regard to knowledge, facts and concepts:
- Study the body parts of different farmyard animals Introduction of the idea of farmyard animal compared to wild animal
- Discover the products that these animals provide to man
- Match the objects and foods to the farmyard animals they come from
- Compare a traditional farm to a modern farm
With regard to procedures:
- Learning to carefully observe the animal or animals you studied
- Giving suitable foods to each animal
- Deduce the products and foods that are obtained from each animal
With regard to attitudes and values:
- Foster respect toward animals via better knowledge of them
Small group: 234 € (until 21 students) each additional student until 25, the price are 8,15 € for student. The free teachers
Big Group: 267 € (until 29 students) each additional student until 30, the price are 8,15 € for student. The free teachers
SPECIAL DISCOUNT DURING LOW PERIODS
If you sign up for an educational activity with the Department of Education during the months of September, December, January or February, you will receive a 20% discount off the price. Further, if during these months you do the activity on a Monday or Tuesday, you will receive a 30% discount. (*)
(*) If you sign up for an activity with the Department of Education taking advantage of the promotion and it has to be cancelled due to an incident of force majeure, we will reschedule the activity another day, always with the same original conditions.