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Resources for Grades 3 - 5

Adventures in Ecotourism

Students explore the unique climates and organisms of the world's major biomes while making connections to NC Zoo exhibits.

Grade Level: 5-8
Themes:  Ecosystems, Conservation, Biodiversity, Habitat
Curriculum Connections: Science, Social Studies, Art


Analyzing Animals

While at the Zoo, students use observation skills to analyze many different features of animals.

Grade Level: 3-5
Themes:  Adaptations, Conservation, Biodiversity
Curriculum Connections: Science

Going, Going, Gone...

This classroom game allows students to discover various threats that cause plants and animals to be classified as threatened or endangered.

Grade Level: 4 - 8
Themes:  Conservation, Habitats, Population
Curriculum Connections: Science, Language Arts

Hero or Villain

Students will explore common misconceptions about animals to distinguish between opinions based on stereotypes and factual information.

Grade Level: 3-6
Themes:  Ecosystems, Adaptations
Curriculum Connections: Science, Language Arts, Art

Hospitable Habitats

Students will observe their favorite Zoo habitat to recreate and emphasize the features all animals need in their homes.

Grade Level: 3-5
Themes: Habitats, Zoos
Curriculum Connections: Science, Art

Keeper for a Day

Learn what zookeepers do by making observations and completing tasks at various Zoo exhibits.

Grade Level: 3-5
Theme:  Zoos
Curriculum Connections: Science


Myths Matter

In the classroom or at the Zoo, students can explore some of the world's most common animal myths while investigating the fact or fiction behind the mystery.

Grade Level: 3-8
Themes: Adaptations, Conservation
Curriculum Connections: Science, Art


Primate Behavior Research

Students observe and analyze the natural behaviors of primate species at the NC Zoo.

Grade Level: 3-12
Themes: Adaptations, Habitat
Curriculum Connections: Science, Math


Prying Into Plants

While at the NC Zoo, students use observation skills to analyze the many different features of plants.

Grade Level: 3-8
Themes:  Adaptations, Biodiversity, Ecosystems
Curriculum Connections: Science, Social Studies, Art


Water Riddles

Students will solve animal mysteries at the NC Zoo to emphasize the connections between water and all forms of life.

Grade Level: 3-8
Themes:  Habitats, Conservation
Curriculum Connections: Science, Language Arts


Wildlife Observations

While at the Zoo, students work in groups to complete this observation activity, identifying natural behaviors of animals, as well as common behaviors among all living things.

Grade Level: K-5
Themes:  Adaptations, Habitats, Conservation
Curriculum Connections: Science


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