Tuesday, April 8, 2014

First Graders Visit the Erie Zoo from Their Classroom

First graders at Keystone Elementary visited the Erie Zoo and learned about the Rainforest and its inhabitants without leaving their classrooms! The "Zoodle," produced in collaboration with Northwest Tri-County Intermediate #5 and the Zoo, allowed our students to meet and interact with Rainforest creatures via a videoconference.

Teachers had access to pre- and post-conference instructional activities on the IU 5 Moodle ("Zoo" + "Moodle" = "Zoodle"), and students enjoyed learning and singing about the four layers of the Rainforest (forest floor, understory, canopy, and emergent layers.) The Zoo also mailed five clue bags prior to the videoconference, and students used the items in the bags to guess which animals they described.

On the day of the event, Amy and Heather from the Zoo introduced the first graders to three animals currently living in Erie:  Sam the tenrec, Mooshoo the prehensile tailed skink, and Jasper the dancing macaw. The students asked great questions and learned a lot about the Rainforest and its residents during this Web-based interactive activity!

Sam the tenrec

Mooshoo, the prehensile-tailed skink

Jasper, the blue and gold macaw

Amy and Heather from the Erie Zoo

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