I discovered a website that my second graders LOVED this week! The San Diego Zoo has a wonderful section for kids. There are videos, live web cams, activities, games, jobs at the zoo, and information about different animals. This site is very interactive and the kids were so excited about it!
Students can learn about the different types of animals: mammals, arthropods, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. In that section they can read about what makes animals fit into the specific category. Then they can explore pictures of animals from the zoo that fit into that category.
Find different games and crafts you can do and make at home! There are some really neat ideas in here for families.
Animal Cams and Videos
There are some amazing videos the San Diego Zoo has put together for kids! They talk about different animals and the kids get to see them up close and personal. Some that we watched were how the elephants are taken care of at the zoo, baby lions the zoo had to take care of after the mom stopped caring for them, a Golden Eagle that had to be cared for after an injury, and more!
The other popular thing here are the animal cams. The kids can see the animals in real time at the zoo. Pandas, elephants, apes, and polar bears all have cameras in their exhibits. We have been fortunate enough to see the pandas chomping on bamboo in each of my classes so far!
Jobs at the Zoo
There are more than just animals and zoologists at the zoo! Learn all about the jobs at the zoo in this section. People can learn what the jobs are, challenges, and how they can get a job like that in the future. I love this section so kids can learn about careers they may have not heard about before.
What a great resource! I encourage the kids to view the videos and check out the areas at home.
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom