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Zoo Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What types of animals live at a zoo and how are they cared for? This lesson plan help you teach students key facts about zoos and includes an activity that invites students to get creative with their own zoo plans.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss key characteristics of zoos
  • list the types of animals that are housed in zoos
  • define 'captivity' in regards to zoo animals

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1.A

Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1.B

Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.2

Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.3

Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

Materials

  • Images showing different zoo exhibits
  • Maps of your local zoo (or maps obtained online from a well-known zoo)
  • White butcher paper
  • Crayons or markers

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