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Webcams in the Classroom: Animal Inquiry and Observation

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Webcams in the Classroom: Animal Inquiry and Observation

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Introduction: Two 30-minute sessions; thereafter: 20 minutes per session as needed
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 20

On this day in 1910, animal rights activist Joy Adamson was born.

A KWL chart is used to organize information about lions. Persuasive letters are written lobbying for programs and resources to protect these animals.

 

Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 1

The first U.S. zoo opened in Philadelphia in 1874.

Students consider how zoos have changed over the past century and design their own zoo of the future using drawings, posters, dioramas, or other displays.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Inquiry at the Window: The Year of the Birds

This science inquiry in a fourth-grade classroom affirms the importance of observation, questioning, reading, and writing to the inquiry process.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Take a Virtual Field Trip

Can't make it to a zoo? Observe animal habits and habitats using one of the many Webcams broadcasting from zoos and aquariums around the United States and the world.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

World of Animals

Explore the world of animals through Caroline Arnold’s nonfiction picture books for children.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Animal Perspectives

Discover books that allow you to look at the world through the eyes of an animal!

 

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