Hands-On Learning: A Trip to the Smithsonian National Zoo


[ESTHER]
So, today we saw animals that included the Three-Banded Armadillo. We saw Golden Lion Tamarins, Red Ruffed Lemurs, and we saw Wallabies. [CZAR]
Who? What? Where? When? Why? [ESTHER]
Okay, so “Who?” we did Julian the Three-Banded Armadillo. The “What” was he was walking around on the floor and we had a demo with him. And those guys eat what? Do you guys remember what I told you they eat? [ADELINE]
Insects! [ESTHER]
Insects! You’ve got it. [CZAR]
Insects! And this favorite thing to sniff is shoes. [ESTHER]
He loves shoes – yes, Julian loves shoes and you learn that. [CZAR]
Um, what other animals are we going to see today? [ESTHER]
So I was thinking we’d go out and see our Wallabies if you guys wanna go do that. We have four of them. Okay? [CZAR]
Oh, okay! Okay! Okay! [ESTHER]
I feel like kids kind of get stagnant sitting in the classroom. So having a change of pace and change of scenery might get their focus level up a little bit more. And, they might find more enjoyment in getting able to touch and do stuff a little bit closer to them than seeing it in a book because they get a good education about animals they might not be familiar with and they get to hear about conservation and how they may be able to protect and keep populations alive for future generations to enjoy. And also, it’s just a really good time to get out and about and have some fresh air. [ADELINE]
We’re just exercising!

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