Learning at the Zoo!!

Zoo Atlanta LogoLast week I had the opportunity to attend an in-county conference by teachers, for teachers and I learned a myriad of exciting things about how to use technology in the classroom, among other things.  This week, I went to the zoo!

Our very own Zoo Atlanta regularly hosts educator workshops on a variety of subjects that easily tie in to all subjects.  The three-day workshop I attended, entitled “Project Wild and Project Learning Tree” provided me with included materials and a host of activities that I cannot wait to share with my students next year.  Have you ever seen grown-ups act like deer foraging for food, seeking shelter, and getting clean water?  Have you ever seen a room full of over fifty educators converge in one spot to act like the parts of a tree?  Have you ever taken a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo?  After these three days, I most certainly have, and it made for a wonderful experience.  Now I will never look at the plants and animals in my backyard the same way again.  Would you?

Project Wild LogoProject Learning Tree Logo

Project Learning Tree focused on studying trees and forestry through every content in a way that is exciting, engaging, and relevant to students.  Of course many of us know that the rings inside a tree share its age, but what can cause different rings and blemishes to form?  To expand our bringing the outdoors into the classroom, Project Wild taught me about connecting ecology, wildlife, and environment issues to my English Language Arts classroom.

I plan to put all of the pictures and videos into a larger presentation for our return to school, but until then, here is a taste of what I experienced.

Take care and feel free to explore the nature in your area!

Until next time,

Ms. W.

My fellow workshop-goers and I are pictured here, heading into the Animal Nutrition Kitchen where all of the animals’ food is prepared.
Carnivores like lions eat this special carnivore mix. Essentially it’s ground beef but with every part of the cow, minus the brain and liver.
Every day zoo volunteers and staff members spend roughly 4 hours preparing food for all of the animals the day before.

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