Zoologist for A Day | School Holidays Workshop | Thursday 23nd April 2020
Strictly Ages 9-13 (Note: Involves challenging content)
Held at Taronga Zoo. Designated meeting place at Taronga Zoo the FRONT GATE
Be a Zoologist for a day! I Using our special access, get up and close to live animals, explore a real zoology laboratory and complete the zoo mystery challenge. Learn how a scientist would observe and document these creatures. Using your notebook sketch and write your observations.
-Develop knowledge, skills and understanding in making prop replicas and other creative works informed by investigations and sources on the topic of zoologist and scientific illustration art and creative expression.
-Use expressive forms to communicate ideas
-Appreciate personal creative outcomes and those of others
-Collaborate with others by taking on roles and creating imagined situations informed by zoological science, discovery and creative expression.
820: Arrival for bus, registration, get in bus to the zoo
900-920:Drop off at Taronga for non-bus attendees.
930-1030: Arrive at zoo, meet Dave at the Education entrance and make our notebooks for the day, out of fantastic paper, card and other recycled resources. These will be where we record our observations, make sketches and use our creative skills to write, draw and note the features of the animals we see through the day. We’ll also eat an early Morning tea, we’ll find a quiet spot to eat some snacks and start to make our animal observations. There are some very successful opportunists using the zoo to make a great life for themselves and their babies. Do they have any features in common that help them do this? Can we draw them or use some descriptive words to write a poem about them?
1030-1130: Enter the amazing habitat classrooms to experience the “Through the Eyes of a Scientist” activity, getting up close to some beautiful animals and using our scientific skills to see how the features of animals adapt them to the environments in which they live
1130-1300: Zoo exploration. We’ll move around the zoo, observing the different types of animals from different habitats. Can we see any features in common with animals living in particular habitats? Can we see any evidence like footprints, camouflaged coats and feathers, horns and sharp teeth that might fit with their habitat and lifestyle? As we go, we’ll fill our notebooks with sketches, observations, creative writing and poems about the animals. Can you use the name of an animal to make an acrostic describing its features? What are some descriptive words that you can use to illustrate each animal? Are there any places we can do a rubbing of skin textures?
1330-1430: More explorations. Let’s think about how we would interact with these animals if we shared their habitat. Some of them we might be friends with. Others make us a yummy dinner. Others might want to make a yummy dinner out of us! Using our notebooks let’s write and draw some ideas about how we might classify these animals in different ways, depending on how we may interact with them
1430-1530: Using their skills of observation to solve a zoo mystery in the Zoo Clues activity. You’ll be taking off your adventuring hats and putting on your lab coats for some fun in the science laboratory.
1530:Pickup from Taronga for non-bus attendees.
1545-1615: Bus back to Crows Nest. After coming back together its time to pack into the bus and head back to the pick up spot.