Projects-workshops for earliest school years
Activity designed for preschool students, totally adaptable to years one and two of primary. This activity is personalised to students, as they themselves pick the animal or animals they want to work with.
This workshop consists of a presentation, as well as biological materials on the species being studied so that students can discover what it is like, where it lives, what it eats and which animals are also part of its family. Any problems and the species’ status are explained, as well as measures being taken to preserve its environment.
There is also an outside guided tour to watch the animals in question.
Length: 1.5 hours
Start times: 10.00 am - 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
To get the most out of the Let’s Work on Zoo Projects Workshop, 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:
- Decide which animal or animals you want to work with
- Draw the animal you’ve picked and find out what students would like to know about it
- Collect books, stories, songs, photos, stickers or other materials on the animals that the kids can find
For watching the animals:
- Have your students watch animals in the wild, whether they are sparrows, pigeons, swallows, etc. in the schoolyard or outings to the forest or countryside
As specific objectives:
- Recognition of perceptible features of the animals: difference in size and shape of your animal compared to other animals
- Identification of the animal’s body parts and the functions they perform
- Comprehension of the idea of wild animal
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 to the preschool classroom.
Then in the classroom he or she will make the presentation on the animal or animals that you are working on.
You will study what they are like, where and how they live, what they eat, how they are born and the diversity of the animal in question, by screening photos and a short representative video. Biological material will also be displayed so students can experience the morphology and touch of certain parts of the animal's body. Depending on the animal selected, you will play games to work on how it moves, where it lives, how it lives and other important characteristics.
Then there will be a guided tour of the Zoo, during which the explanations on the animals will continue.
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 the Let’s Work on Zoo Projects Workshop:
Area for discovering the natural and social environment:
- Create data sheets on the animals you learned about
- Group photos of animals depending on where they live: water, land or air
Oral and written expression:
- Act out stories on the animal or animals you worked on
- Explain stories about these animals
- Paint the animal or animals you studied
- Do games imitating the sounds and/or movements so that your students can show you what they’ve learned
Evaluation of learning:
- Create data sheets on the animal or animals you learned about, for which students have to add the parts of its body, what it eats, where it lives and how it moves
For the teacher
CURRICULAR INTEGRATION OF THE LET’S WORK ON PROJECTS WORKSHOP
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:
- Know the body parts of the animal or animals you studied
- Carefully observe the shape and function of these body parts
- Know which foods the animal or animals eat
- Study the types of outside layers
- Distinguish how the animal moves
- Introduction of the idea of wild animal
With regard to procedures:
- Learning to carefully observe the animal or animals you studied
- Identifying suitable foods
- Notice how it moves
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