Visit Reproduction

Visit Reproduction

Activity designed for post secondary school students. 

 

Students are introduced to the study of vertebrate reproduction through the animal collection at our Zoo, which includes marsupials, oviparous and ovoviviparous animals. Studying these animals leads to understanding the different types of reproduction, as well as discovering diverse animal strategies to obtain having offspring.

 

When the activity finishes, the group can spend the rest of the day at the Zoo, until closing time. 

Duration: 2 hours

Start time: 10.00 am - 10.30 am - 12.00 am - 12.30 pm - 2.00 pm

To get the most out of the Visit Reproduction  at the Zoo, we suggest studying the following aspects at school before the visit:  

 

To understand the students’ interests and increase motivation about the animals: 

  • Make a list of animals that are marsupials, oviparous and viviparous and debate the advantages and disadvantages of each type of reproduction.  
  • Put a box in the classroom where students can place the questions they may have at any time on reproduction and that will be studied later.
  • Explain why it is so important that animals reproduce at the Zoo.
  • Bring in videos, CDs or other materials on electronic supports about this subject. 

 

To observe animals: 

  • Build or obtain an incubator for the classroom and put fertilised chicken and quail eggs in it to watch their evolution: examine the components of eggs in detail.
  • Have animals that breed easily in the classroom, for example hamsters, turtledoves or guinea pigs, and follow their reproductive process.
  • Observe the metamorphosis of an amphibian.
  • Ask students who have a pet and vertebrate to prepare, individually or in groups, an explanation about its reproduction to present to their classmates with the help of photographs or the animal itself.
  • Visit a breeding farm.
  • Make nest-boxes and place them in the schoolyard so that the birds living in it can reproduce (the Department of Social Sciences provides them if you ask).

 

As specific objectives: 

  • Introduce the concept of sexual reproduction and identify the different types. 
  • Function of the reproductive organs and sexual cells. 
  • Identification of the types of fertilisation. 
  • Reproduction in the different classes of vertebrates.
  • Study of behaviour linked to reproduction.

The Visit Reproduction  at the Zoo teaches students about the different types of reproduction, the strategies and adaptations adopted by vertebrates to this end, in an entertaining manner that is adapted to their ages. 

 

  1. Short presentation with slides of animals that are representative of the different types of reproduction.
  2. Observation and handling of different objects coming from animals in our collection. 
  3. Guided tour by a Zoo educator (biologist) of the Zoo to learn more about the following contents: 
    • Introduction to marsupial reproduction. 
    • Observation of sexual dimorphism and the sexual cycles. 
    • Aquatic mammal reproduction. 
    • Reproduction strategies. 
    • Reproduction in the different classes of vertebrates.

Suggestions for activities to do after the Visit Reproduction  at the Barcelona Zoo: 

 

Natural sciences space:    

  • Do the worksheets at school that are included in the Animal Reproduction workbook.
  • Make murals with the photos of animals collected, grouping them according to reproduction types. 
  • Pick a species and explain its entire reproduction process, from mating to caring for the offspring. 
  • Write and/or represent stories about reproduction strategies that are collected or invented by the students, which contain information learned during the activity. 
  • Make a book or album about animals that contains everything learned.
  • Look for similarities and differences between different oviparous vertebrates, for example platypuses, loggerhead turtles and ostriches. 

 

Evaluation of learning obtained: 

  • When looking at different animals, students should be able to state: their reproduction type and the strategies used to obtain offspring.

CURRICULUM INTEGRATION OF THE VERTEBRATES ACTIVITY 

CROSS-CUTTING CURRICULUM AREAS 

Education in favour of the environment. 

RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM DISCIPLINES 

Living beings and their relationship to the environment. 

 

OBJECTIVES

With respect to knowledge, facts and ideas:  

Study the main types of reproduction of vertebrates.  


With respect to procedures:   

Learn to carefully observe the animals and to distinguish the different adaptations that facilitate reproduction.   

With respect to attitudes and values:  

To foster respect for animals through being better informed. To awaken students’ awareness about protecting nature. 

Small group: 188 € (until 20 students) each additional student until 25, the price are 8,15 € for student. The free teachers

 

Big Group: 233 € (until 29 students) each additional student until 31, the price are 8,15 € for student. The free teachers

For groups of disabled and residences with economic difficulties the price are 7 € per person and the accompanying free.

Department of Education
Pg. Circumval.lació, 3, 08003 Barcelona 

Information and bookings: T. 932 256 787. From Monday to Thursday from 9:00am to 02:00pm and from 02:00pm to 04:30pm. Friday from 09:00am to 01:30pm

Information: T. 902 457 545 from 09:00am to 08:00pm

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