Want to learn more about animals? Let’s go to the zoo! Kindergarten and first grade learners will delight in this science lesson plan based around a field trip to a local (or virtual) zoo. Budding biologists will have a chance to learn more about plants, animals, and the Earth as they observe the habitats and diets of a variety of animals, recording their notes and observations as they go. After the trip, help children debrief about what they saw and learned.
Students will be able to recognize the names of zoo animals and identify some of their dietary habits.
Make preparations for a field trip to the zoo. Make sure to obtain all necessary permissions.
Before the field trip, let your students know that they should pay close attention to the animal habitats—they'll be making a zoo animal scrapbook once they return. Remind them that, for the duration of the trip, they need to observe the animals and write and/or draw their observations in their notebooks.