RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

Teacher packets, activity sheets and media resources.

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ACTIVITY SHEETS

 

Resources for Self-Guided Visits

These information packets can be valuable aids for connecting your zoo field trip with your classroom curriculum. Resources are provided for focusing your field trip on a specific animal group, on a biome represented at Woodland Park Zoo, or for engaging your students in inquiry-based activities during their zoo visit.


Zoo Mobile App

Woodland Park Zoo is now available on your iPhone, iPad or Android! You and your students can use the free app to plan your next visit and help you navigate around zoo grounds. 

Download the Woodland Park Zoo Mobile App

 

MEDIA RESOURCES

 

The PowerPoint presentations below are available to download at no charge. These presentations are intended for educational use only.

 

Use The Links Below To Download Our Power Point Presentations

Amphibians / (Script)

Grades: 3-12
This presentation was designed to be presented to teachers, but can be modified for students. This presentation can be used as an introduction or supplement to a unit on amphibians. You may wish to modify the text or format of the presentation to adapt the presentation for your students.

Arthropods / (Script)

Grades: 2-12
This presentation can be used as an introduction to a unit on arthropods or as a unit supplement on arthropods. Although the presentation has been designed for an adult audience, you can change the text or the format of the presentation as necessary to adapt the presentation for your students.

Washington Wildlife / (Script)

Grades: 4-12
This presentation was originally designed to be presented to teachers but has been modified for students of grades 4-12. This presentation can be used as an introduction to a unit on Washington habitats and wildlife or as a supplement to a social studies unit on Washington state. You may wish to modify the text or format of the presentation to adapt the presentation for your students. 

Endangered Species / (Script)

Grades: 5-12
This presentation, designed for students of grades 5-12, can be used as an introduction to a unit on endangered species and/or biodiversity or presented at the end of such a unit as a summary. The presentation complements information found in Woodland Park Zoo’s Endangered Species teacher packet.

Local and Global Wetlands / (Script)

Grades: 5-12
This presentation can be used as an introduction to a unit on wetlands or as a supplement to a unit on wetlands. Although the presentation has been designed for an adult audience, you can change the text or the format of the presentation as necessary to adapt the presentation for your students.

Reptiles / (Script)

Grades: 3-12

This presentation was designed to be presented to teachers, but can be modified for students. This presentation can be used as an introduction or supplement to a unit on reptiles. You may wish to modify the text or format of the presentation to adapt the presentation for your students.

Forests-Tropical and Temperate / (Script)

Grades: 2-8
This presentation was originally designed to be presented to teachers but can be modified for students. This presentation can be used as an introduction or as a wrap-up to a unit on forests. You may wish to modify the text or format of the presentation to adapt the presentation for your students.

Bird Basics / (Script)

Grades: 3-8
This presentation can be used as an introduction or as a supplement to a unit on birds. Although the presentation as designed is most appropriate for grades 3-8, you may hide slides as necessary to adapt the presentation to younger audiences or add or format text to make more appropriate for older students.

Mammal Diversity / (Script)

This presentation can be adapted for students and used as an introduction to a unit on mammals. Although the presentation as designed is most appropriate for teachers, you may adapt text or format, or hide slides as necessary, to adapt the presentation for your students’ ages.

Primates / (Script)

Grades 3-9. This presentation, designed for students of grades 3-9, can be used as an introduction to a unit on primates or to introduce a certain group of primates (such as monkeys or apes). Although the presentation as designed is most appropriate for grades 3-9, you may adapt text or format, or hide slides as necessary to adapt the presentation to a wider range of ages. 

TEACHER PACKETS

 

Woodland Park Zoo teacher packets contain background information, activity ideas, and resource information. Activities included in teacher packets were written to support Washington’s Essential Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Washington’s Environmental and Sustainability Education Standards. Most activities are designed for use with students in grades K-12 and can be adapted to suit your needs. The packets can be used to help you design a curriculum for use at the zoo or in your classroom. Original publication and revision dates are listed under the title of each packet.

Teacher packets are available in small downloadable sections. To access, click or tap on the link for the section you would like to download.

Please note: These resources contain relevant natural history information, however information related to Woodland Park Zoo may be outdated. The resources are archived here for your use, but are not regularly updated.

 

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African Savanna

The central theme of this packet is the balance of nature. You and your students will examine the relationships between plants, animals and people of the east African savanna. This packet includes information about ecotourism and how people can minimize their impact on this fragile and fascinating part of the world.

Introduction
Background
Vocabulary
Resources
Activities
Conservation Links (2017)

Amazing Arthropods

The group of animals classified as arthropods is the largest, most diverse group of animals in the world. It includes insects, spiders and lobsters. This packet will help you and your students explore these fascinating and vitally important animals.

Introduction
Background
References and Resources
Activities
Glossary
Conservation Links (2017)

Apes

This packet, designed for grades 6-9, focuses on apes and helps students to make connections between the physical, behavioral and environmental characteristics of apes. The packet also explores the urgent issue of ape conservation. Using an interdisciplinary approach, activities are woven throughout the packet, providing students with opportunities to build an understanding of apes’ adaptations and strategies for survival.

Introduction  
Objectives and Introduction to Apes  
Ape Environments  
Physical Characteristics  
Ape Behavior  
Ape Conservation 
Glossary and Resources
Conservation Links
 (2017)

Endangered Species

This packet is designed for grades 5-12, but includes background information and a few activities useful for grades K-4. You will find current information regarding endangered species in our state and country, and throughout the world.

Introduction
Background
Glossary and Resources
Activities
Conservation Links (2017)

Forest Explorers

This packet was designed to supplement Woodland Park Zoo’s second-grade forest ecology program, but is adaptable for most elementary grades. With sections on forests, habitats, niches and interdependence, and conservation, Forest Explorers compares Washington state’s temperate forests with tropical rain forests of Central and South America.

Introduction
Background
Glossary and Resources
Activities
Conservation Links (2017)

Northern Trail

Life in the far north is hard. The ground is permanently frozen, the sun never shines during part of the winter, and never sets during part of the summer. How do animals and plants adapt to this environment? This packet will help you share the mysteries of Alaska with your students.

Introduction
Background
References
Glossary
Map
Activities
Conservation Links (2017)

Raptors

Birds of prey are magnificent animals that can be readily seen in both urban and rural areas. Since they are top predators, raptors provide an excellent avenue for studying a wide variety of biological concepts, such as predator-prey relationships, adaptations and the effects of human influence.

Introduction
Background
Activities
Glossary and Resources
Conservation Links (2017)

Reptiles & Amphibians

Cold-blooded animals have developed unique physical characteristics and life cycles for survival in a variety of habitats. This packet explores the human-posed threats faced by reptile and amphibian populations throughout the world. Specific examples are provided about species in Washington state that are threatened or endangered.

Introduction
Background
Glossary and Resources
Activities
Conservation Links (2017)

Tropical Asia

Plants, animals and people of tropical Asian forests are inextricably linked. This packet looks at interconnections that make life in the tropical rain forests of Asia possible. This packet helps students to learn about biodiversity and interdependence.

* Revised version coming soon

Tropical Rain Forest

This packet presents information on the forests of the world, with an emphasis on tropical rain forests. Activities and information focus on the different layers of the forest, and the species of plants and animals that are uniquely adapted to each layer.  Also provided are ideas on how you and your students can help conserve forests.

Introduction
Background
Glossary and Resources
Activities
Conservation Links (2017)

Washington Wildlife

Washington state contains some of the most diverse ecosystems in the nation. This packet takes a detailed look, through background information, activities and resources, at five different habitat regions: the steppe, montane, temperate forest, wetland and urban areas.

Introduction
Background
Glossary and Resources
Plant Lists
Animal Lists
Maps
Activities
Activities Grid
Conservation Links (2017)

Zoo/Wildlife Careers

Did you know that the zoo employs more than 250 people in careers from accounting to zookeeping? This packet helps teachers of all grades guide their students in explorations of zoo and other wildlife careers.

Find out more about zoo careers

Introduction
Background
Resources
Activities
FAQs
Conservation Links (2017)

RESOURCES FOR LOAN

Suitcase for Survival

Grades: 5-12

Fee:
$25.00 loan fee; full payment — cash or check (made out to Woodland Park Zoo) — must be made when you pick up your resource.

Details:
The Suitcase for Survival can be borrowed for a maximum of two weeks. The Suitcase must be picked up and dropped off at the zoo’s Guest Services inside the South Entrance.

To schedule:
Please call 206.548.2581 or email schools@zoo.org to request the Suitcase for Survival. Please indicate your name, school name, email, phone number and loan period (start date and end date, two-week period).

The Suitcase for Survival, containing confiscated endangered species items obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service together with education materials prepared by World Wildlife Fund, is available for loan to upper elementary through high school educators upon completion of a zoo-sponsored teacher workshop concerning international wildlife trade and its serious impact on animal survival. See our Educator Professional Development page or call 206-548-2424 for dates and times of upcoming teacher workshops.