educationlogoSCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
(Focusing on Animals)

Overall Expectations

  1. Demonstrate curiosity and a willingness to explore and experiment (?cockroach/small boa encounter? – depends on keeper availability)
  2. Demonstrate understanding of and care for the natural world

LANGUAGE

Overall Expectations

  1. Communicate effectively by listening and speaking (prepare questions, ahead of time, for the zoo show or an animal encounter – meet the keeper: at the rides, show barn or an encounter ???)
  2. Demonstrate understanding of a variety of written materials that are read to them (journal response to books read or information gathered at the zoo show)
  3. Make sense of simple written materials, using reading strategies that are appropriate for beginners (literacy walk with new primary signage)
  4. Communicate thoughts and feelings that are appropriate for beginners (write about their favourite animal from the zoo trip– three things they learned about it and why it was their favourite, can modify by drawing three pictures)
  5. Use and respond to a variety of media materials (observation sheets for literacy walk zoo primary signs)

MATHEMATICS

Overall Expectations

  1. Demonstrate awareness of the passage of time (show and activity schedule)
  2. Collect, display and interpret data in daily activities (literacy walk observations, compile in class in chart form, different criteria for student data dynamics)
  3. Seek further information, assistance or materials when necessary (go onto BZP website for special Kindergarten activity to reinforce visit)

PERSONAL & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Overall Expectations

  1. Demonstrate a positive attitude towards themselves and others (extend to animals/environment as well, have a KWL chart about the importance of animal/human interaction and the environment, finish the L after zoo trip)
  2. Demonstrate independence and a willingness to take responsibility in learning and other activities (key to observation activity, very independent!!!)
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of health and safety practices (class discussion with teacher prior to entering zoo property, crucial for zoo visit have guidelines for the discussion on the website!!!)
  4. Demonstrate awareness of their surroundings, both natural and human-made
  5. Demonstrate awareness of patterns in their daily lives (possible with extension of activities)

THE ARTS

Overall Expectations

  1. Express ideas and feelings through a variety of media
    1. draw pictures of the zoo/show,
    2. directed drawing lesson at zoo
    3. create your favourite animal from the zoo trip,
    4. role play the job of a keeper/trainer.
    5. Experiment with techniques and materials (create class animal show with students playing different animals)
  2. PROJECT WILD pg.2 extended – identify wild versus domesticated animals at the zoo, then create a collage, in the classroom, of animal pictures/3D animal shapes/animal cut-outs…(this is a good exercise considering that there are a lot of animals at the zoo that would be considered wild but we work with them in a seemingly domesticated/tamed fashion.