Small groups of participants will each receive an object. Chaperones will ask their group to describe the object using five different words or phrases, recording each description. Each small group will then share with another group how they described their object. The facilitator will use the students’ descriptions as a needs assessment to help guide the rest of the experience for the participants.
Participants will explore sizes, weights and lengths of animal models. They will use nonstandard units of measurement as well as comparing and contrasting similar items. Students will explore a variety of stations and journal their data and observations. Stations include: comparing their height with that of a life-sized polar bear drawing, measuring model snakes, estimating weights of replica frogs, exploring how many chicken eggs can fit in an ostrich egg and more.
For the safety and well-being of our participants and animals, plush and other animal models are used to create engaging activities in lieu of using live animals. Activities increase understanding and appreciation toward wildlife and wild places while ensuring animals living at the Detroit Zoo are thriving in their habitats and social groups.