Brittinie GleaveObjectives: Learn about various animals found in zoos, including their natural habitat,whether they are endangered, and whether they have fur, feathers, scales or fins.Before beginning your quest, you need to know some important vocabulary. Visit http://www.wordsmyth.net/ Use the search bar to type in the words in the table. Make sure you have the circle for childrens dictionary filled in. Fill in the missing information based on what you find.Word Definition ExampleEnvironment Everything that surrounds a particular The rainforest is the type of living thing and affects its environment of many growth and health tropical animalsHabitat The natural environment of an animal or A forest is a bears habitat plantLocal Having to do with a particular place The local chipmunks are outgoingExotic From a foreign place Zoos have many exotic animalsEndangered A species of plant or animal that is in The bengal tiger is anspecies danger of becoming extinct endangered speciesExtinct No longer existing Dinosaurs are extinctConservation The protection of natural resources, We recycle to support such as soil, water, or forests, from loss, conservation pollution, or wasteAnimal One of a large group of living things that Animals move around and eat can move around by themselves to find food.Zoo A place where living animals, especially We go to the zoo to see big wild ones, are kept for people to look at. cats
Activist One who advocates a cause with vigor or I am an activist for animals militance*Note: for examples, be flexible. Are they understanding the spirit of the definition? When table is complete, return to the home screen of Wordsmyth. On the top right corner there is a tab that says sign in. Click on it and sign in with the username Brittinieg and the password student. Once you are logged in, click on the tab that says my activities in the upper right corner. In the table that says Saved Activities, click on the paper and pencil next on the line that says Zoo Words. This will open a vocabulary quiz for you to complete online. In the quiz choose the word that best matches the definition from the drop down menu. Click finish and check answers when complete. Did you get 100%? If not, you can try again. Now youre ready to move on Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV_idfKcCdQ The song/video talks about many different animals. Pick out five of them anddetermine if they are local (to North America), or exotic. You can look them up on the kids biology website: http://www.kidsbiology.com/animals-for-children.php For animals that have more than one type (like bears), choose just one. Information about where they live can be found in the purple box with the red title: animal facts about one-third of the way down the page on the right side. If they live in North America, add them to the local side of the chart below. If they live elsewhere, add them to the exotic side of the chart.Local ExoticSnake Giraffe Panda Wooly Monkey Elephant
For each animal in your list, find out which continent they come from on the kids biologywebsite and list them in the appropriate text box on the map below. Greenland North America: Asia: Europe snake panda s Africa: elephant South America: giraffe Wooly monkey Australia Time to explore your animals further... decide if each of your animals is covered in fur/smooth skin, feathers, scales (with feet) scales (with fins), or something else. Place each one in the appropriate place in the table below.Fur/smooth skin Feathers Scales with feet Scales with fins Other(mammals) (Birds) (reptiles) (fish) (insects, invertabrates)Panda SnakeElephantWooly monkeyGiraffe*Note: you may have to visit the kids biology website to verify answers Go to http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/kids/animals-pets-kids/ and watch a video for each of your five animals. The words in parentheses in the above table will help you figure out where to look. If there is no video for some or all of your animals, choose others you find interesting.Based on what you observed in the videos, write a sentence for each animal.
1. Giant Pandas can climb trees.2. A giraffes neck weighs 600 pounds!3. Elephants like to play.4. Spider monkeys move through the forests on treetops.5. Snakes swallow their food whole.*Answers will vary Coloring time! Pick your very favorite animal that youve studied so far. Go to http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/moreactivities/coloring- book-animals-a-to-i/ if your animal starts with a letter from A to I. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/moreactivities/coloring- book-animals-j-to-z/ if your animal starts with a letter from J to Z Ask the printer helper to help you print your picture (if you know how to print your own, you can do so). Color your animal as detailed as you can, based on what you have learned so far. o On the back of your picture, write the name of your animal, whether it is local or exotic, if its exotic, what continent it lives on, and how its categorized (mammal, reptile, bird, fish, or other). Youve learned so much about animals already! Lets learn some more! Do you remember the word habitat from our vocabulary list above. Summarize your understanding of a habitat:A habitat is: the environment in which an animal lives naturally.We have talked about the different continents animals live on, but did you know that eachcontinent has many different types of habitats? Visit http://www.uen.org/utahlink/activities/view_activity.cgi?activity_id=3792 and study the list of 16 habitats. Can you think of an animal that lives in any of them?
To learn more about habitats, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2vY_lohq50&feature=relatedWhat are the things Cameron tells us a habitat provides?A place where animals can find food, water, a place to sleep1. Wanda the fish wants to leave her habitat.2. Can animals live outside their habitats?3. Why or why not? No1. The food wouldnt be right2. The shelter wouldnt be right3. It might not be safe Do you know enough about habitats to play a habitat game? Try it out! Roll over the elements on the screen and use the arrows to change them. The goal is 100% compatibility. http://switchzoo.com/games/habitatgame.htm On a blank piece of paper, draw the habitat in which you live. Be sure to include everything that is important to your survival. Now imagine that something keeps coming into your habitat and taking the things you need until you were about to run out. That is what is happening to many of the Earths habitats. Think of the story of the Lorax. The Onceler wanted to make a better life for himself, but he did it at the expense of the Truffula forest. Before long, the brown barbaloots, and the swami swans were no longer supported by their habitat and had to leave it. It happens in our world too. People are destroying the rainforest to make life better for themselves. Soon, all the animals that live there will no longer be supported by their habitat. Sadly, these animals cant just move on to another habitat. They are in the one that is designed for them. For this reason many animals (or species) are endangered. Remember, this means they are in danger of becoming extinct. If this happens, these animals will be gone forever, like the dinosaurs.
What can we do? Remember our word conservation? Summarize your understanding of what this word means:Conservation: The protection of natural resources Watch the following clip for some pointers on what we can do every day to help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIQUOIyE7q0&feature=fvwrel (Go ahead and skip the ad) The chart below lists the ways the song says we can help the Earth. Following the two dots (colon) in each line, write how you think this can help the planet.Reduce, reuse, recycle: it will use fewer resources, helping us save the ones we haveBe kind to plants and animals: helps animals and plants live longer and betterShake hands with a sister or a brother: being nice to each other makes life betterFollow your dreams: Accomplishing goals feels greatDoing everyday things, like turning off things that use electricity, not letting water runwhile we brush teeth and wash hands, and heating and cooling only the rooms were in canhelp the earth a lot. Here is a fun game to help you practice turning off lights:http://wwf.panda.org/how_you_can_help/games/earth_hour_game/What was your score? 12 How many lights can you turn off at home every day? 11If we want to be superheroes , though, we need to be activists. Do youremember what that means? Ill explain this one for you. Its a little complicated. Thedefinition is: one who advocates (speaks out for) with vigor (strong energy) or militance (afighting spirit). Being an activist means sometimes doing things that arent easy, like notusing your car, buying things that dont harm the rainforest when theyre made, andalways thinking about the impact you and the people you know are having on the planet.
Beyond these actions, activists try hard to spread their message. They make posters,write letters, and join groups of others who feel the same way. The most important partof being an activist is to know your facts, and share them with others.This brings us back to zoos. Most people who work in zoos care a lotabout animals and conservation. If all the exotic animals go extinct, there wont be manyzoos left, and people who work in them wont have jobs. Also, sick and injured animalsoften go to zoos to be taken care of. Finally, zoos help other people care about animals.We might care a little bit about saving elephants if we have never seen one, but afterseeing cute baby Zuri playing at Hogle zoo, we will have a personal connection to elephantsand care a lot more. If you visit Zuris blog http://www.babyzuriblog.blogspot.com/, there is a video of her second birthday party. What is Zuri doing in the video?Zuri is doing trunkstands. accept any animal that Elephants are my favorite exotic animal. What is yours? doesnt live in N. America.One last note about zoos. Sometimes we have to be activists for zoo animals too.Remember, wild animals arent meant to live in small spaces, and surrounded by humans allday. Many zoos understand this and have lots of land and no cages. Here is a short video of Elephant Odyssey at San Diego Zoo http://www.elephantodyssey.com/video/. After viewing the two videos, why do you think the elephants at San Diego Zoo are happier than the elephants at Hogle Zoo?Elephants in San Diego are happier because they have more room, and get to play the wayelephants like to. List three rules there should be at the zoo to help keep animals happy.
1. Look for answers that show consideration for animals2. Keep animals safe and healthy3. Talk about zoo patrons self-controlCongratulations! You have now completed our Zoo Webquest. Please save your final copy,and ask for help printing it out. Turn it in along with the pictures you created.