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Virtual Learning Labs

Virtual Learning Labs explore science concepts and skills, while sharing information about the animals the DZS cares for during a live, interactive session. Programs include a virtual visit to a habitat at the Detroit Zoo, an opportunity to interact with DZS staff, and a math or literacy activity. We are able to accommodate all classrooms’ learning settings; we understand that plans change from moment to moment. The sessions are held weekdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Sessions for grade levels PreK-2 grade are about 45 minutes and sessions for grade 3-8 are about 60 minutes.
$125 for the synchronous Learning Lab
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION REGISTRATION
Zoo Tots at School
Grades PK & K

Explore the Detroit Zoo without leaving your classroom! Young learners will practice science skills including making observations and comparisons as they learn about animals who live in the African grassland habitat. An optional craft activity prompts learners to express their creativity and fine motor skills as they decorate a bucket hat to protect them from the elements on a real or imaginary outdoor adventure!

K-LS1-1

Additional $5 per child for supplies
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Pre-approved DATZ

Penguin Care and Welfare
Grades K-2

Caring for the penguins at the Detroit Zoo is a lot of work! Learn how the penguin zookeepers provide daily care for each of the four species of penguins at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center along with the math and science skills they need to do their jobs. Individual penguins will be highlighted to share their unique stories and a live, virtual visit to the penguin center provides learners an opportunity to ask questions.

K-LS1-1


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Polar Bear Adaptations
Grades K-2

The Arctic Ring of Life is one of the best polar bear habitats in the world! Learn more about this expansive and naturalistic habitat along with the bears and sea otters who call it home through a live, virtual visit. Enjoy a decodable (bilingual) book that shares how people adapt to live in the actual Arctic Circle while practicing literacy skills and building global awareness.

K-ESS3-1, 2-LS4-1


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Animal Feet
Grades K-2

You can learn a lot by making careful observations of animals’ physical characteristics, especially their feet! A virtual visit to the Detroit Zoo features a close- up look at several species of animals’ feet to distinguish unique characteristics and how they function. This learner-driven experience allows participants to choose from several animals to investigate as they practice science process skills including making observations, comparisons and hypotheses supported with evidence.

3-LS4-3, 4-ESS3-1, 4-LS1-1, 5-ESS3-1

Additional $5 per child for supplies
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Pre-approved DATZ

Conservation Project: Falkland Islands Penguins
Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8

Like many modern-day zoos, the Detroit Zoological Society is committed to conserving and protecting wildlife and wild places. Take a live virtual visit to the Polk Penguin Conservation to check in on the penguins who live there and what their daily care entails. Then, engage in a discussion about an important, long-term study on penguins living on the Falkland Islands and how the DZS animal care team uses their extensive penguin care knowledge to help with their research.

3-LS4-3, 4-ESS3-1, 4-LS1-1, 5-ESS3-1


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Pre-approved DATZ