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Example of a Multiple Week Program

8 Week Program with optional Family Night:

  • Week 1 – Introduction to the Animal Kingdom                                  
  • Week 2 – Animals of the World: South and Central America   
  • Week 3 – Animals of the World: Australia                                          
  • Week 4 – Animals of the World: North America                                
  • Week 5 – Animals of the World: Africa and Madagascar                      
  • Week 6 - Animals of the World: Asia                                                  
  • Week 7 – Animals in Captivity: Zoos, Circuses, and Pet Ownership
  • Week 8 – Student Favorites and Review

*For a full 8 week program we can also talk about the possibility of offering: Family Night – Parents join us for a Additional Program and recap of all lesons learned

**Also, We can shorten or lengthen to as little or as many weeks as you would like. See the list of other topics we can speak about to add or exchange any weeks topics.

Course Overview

This course will focus on introducing kids to the abundant variety of creatures in the animal kingdom and teach the importance of each animal fulfilling its specific role in its unique environment. Children will learn the many ways in which animals work together to form complex ecosystems across the world. The class will touch on food chains and predator/prey relationships, adaptation, and the geographical and ecological layout of the globe. Students will learn about some of the positive and negative impacts humans have on the natural world as well as vice-versa. The children will learn proper vocabulary to discuss each study topic. Interaction and hands on experience will be emphasized in each segment and material will be delivered in an age appropriate manner for each age-group.

Week One: Introduction to the Animal Kingdom

  • Students will learn to distinguish between the major animal groups (e.g. reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, arachnids, insects)              
  • Students will also be introduced to the various roles these animals can play in their ecosystems (e.g. producer, consumer, predator, prey)
  • Vocabulary: animal, warm blooded, cold blooded, ectothermic, endothermic, insect, bug, arachnid, mammal, reptile, amphibian, predator, prey, producer, consumer, ecosystem, habitat, climate, rainforest, desert (vocabulary will be age specific for each group)

Week Two: Animals of the World: South and Central America    

  • Students will be introduced to the characteristics of a rainforest ecosystem.                                                                                                
  • They will be taken on a story by story tour of a tropical wet forest and meet many of the forest’s inhabitants.                                                    
  • Question Session: Is there a desert in South America? Why do mammals have thick fur in the hot forest?                                                
  • Vocabulary: emergent, canopy, understory, forest floor, arboreal, terrestrial, nocturnal, diurnal, seed dispersal, cloud forest (vocabulary will be age specific for each group) 

Week Three: Animals of the World: Australia

  • Students will learn about drier habitats this week and be introduced to competition for resources in a sparse ecosystem.                            
  • Australia’s rainforest will be used to demonstrate the world’s rapid rate of deforestation in recent years.                                                      
  • The severe ecological damage caused by Australia’s numerous introduced species will be discussed in detail and students will meet a few of the culprits in person.
  • Questions Session: Can mammals lay eggs? Are there any venomous mammals? Are there more types of animals on land or in the water in Australia?                                                                                          
  • Vocabulary: marsupial, aquatic, herbivore, omnivore, carnivore, (vocabulary will be age specific for each group)

Week Four: Animals of the World: North America

  • Students will learn about temperate and arctic ecosystems and how animals have adapted to these habitats (e.g. hibernation).                    
  • Predator/Prey relationships will be discussed in detail with live animals from both sides of the relationship present.                                            
  • Animal defenses and the wildlife/human relationship will be discussed and the “rural” habitat defined.
  • Question Sessions: What is hibernation? Which animals truly hibernate? Is there a rainforest in North America?                                      
  • Vocabulary: arctic, tundra, hibernation, predatory, prey, musk, rural (vocabulary will be age specific for each group)

Week Five: Africa and Madagascar

  • Students will discuss the unique characteristics of Madagascar and how it relates to mainland Africa.                                                      
  • Students will meet several endangered species from both Africa and Madagascar and will learn about what population studies and conservation efforts.                                                                          
  • Islands’ biology and the special conditions they present for adaptation.
  • Question Session: Can any animals cross the 250 mile gap from Africa to Madagascar? What makes and island an island? What is the world’s largest desert?                                                                   
  • Vocabulary: primate, crocodilian, deforestation, regurgitation, immune, venom, constriction, Jacobson’s Organ, (vocabulary will be age specific for each group)

Week Six: Animals of the World: Asia 

  • Students will be exposed to a wide variety of animals including the world’s longest species of snake, the largest prehensile tailed animal, and the world’s second heaviest lizard.                                  
  • Students will learn how snakes have become vital to maintaining many economies in Southeast Asia as well as meet the Binturong, possibly the most important reptile in the Southeast Asian rainforest.
  • Chinese Alligators will be used as an example of a critically endangered species.                                                                            
  • Question Session: Are the Chinese farmer’s at fault for the environmental damage along the Yangste River?                                
  • Vocabulary: seed disperser, endangered, prehensile, feces, enzyme, saliva, (vocabulary will be age specific for each group)

Week 7: Animals in Captivity: Zoos, Circuses, and Pet Ownership

  • Students will discuss the important roles each sector of animal ownership plays in captive management and conservation efforts as well as public outreach and education.                                        
  • Students will learn about the many problems that arise from irresponsible pet ownership as well as what is required to make mature and responsible decisions about captive animal ownership.      
  • Question Session: What steps should you take before you purchase any pet animal? Do animals have fun at the circus?          
  • Vocabulary: conservation, captive, wild caught, captive born, captive bred

Week 8: Student Favorites and Review

  • Students will see the return of their favorite animals from the previous classes.                                                                              
  • Key concepts and vocabulary will be reviewed.                                
  • Plenty of time for questions and answers will be given. Family Night (Optional with full 8 week program)                                                  
  • Students will get to bring along their families to see a special masters presentation featuring some of our most impressive teaching animals.
  • A general overview of the past 8 weeks will be provided for the parents.