Zoo Class 2014-2015

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2014-2015 Zoo Class

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Class total update (8/28/14):

K-1st:  11 students

2nd-3rd: 4 students

4th-8th: 6 students

If you would like to participate in the Zoo classes, you will need to enroll in all the Fall and Spring programs.  There is no longer a pay per class option.  You will not be refunded for any classes you are not able to attend or miss.  You may bless another student and gift the class you are not able to attend or offer the class to another student for reimbursement on your own.  This is not a drop-off program.  You must stay on the Milwaukee County Zoo property during class time. 

The cost of the program will depend on the amount of students that enroll in each grade program.  We are offering 7 classes this year for the K-1st, 5 classes for 2nd - 3rd and 6 classes for 4th-8th.  The Zoological Society was not able to schedule all three groups at the same time for certain dates and there were some dates they did not have teachers or rooms available for some age programs.  Please be aware that the K-1st & 2nd-3rd grade classes cost more than the 4th-8th grade programs.  These programs include make and take crafts.

Example Pricing: K4- 1st grade: If we have 10 students enrolled, the cost would be $31.50, if we have 11 students enrolled the cost would be $28.64...the more students enroll, the less you will have to pay. 2nd - 3rd grade:  If we have 10 students enrolled, the cost would be $22.50 + $1.00 (Scav. Hunt), if we have 11 students enrolled the cost would be $20.45 + $1.00...the more students enroll, the less you will have to pay. For 4th - 8th grades; If we have 10 students enrolled, the cost would be $12.00 + $1.00, if 11 students enrolled it would cost $10.90 + $1.00...again the more students enroll, the less you will pay.   Paypal or check payment will be accepted.  For the K-1st and 2nd - 3rd there is minimum of 10 students per program and max of 20 students. 4th - 8th require a 10 student minimum and a 30 student max.   I will post the cost when registration closes. Registration deadline: SEPTEMBER 8TH.

For additional questions, please contact Oumalay via email at ocavi@ymail.com

Below is the list of classes, dates & time the Zoological Society is offering. Master's Touch is a Christian homeschool group and we must hold ourselves as such.  Please read over our Field Trip Guidelines.

PROGRAMS:

K4-1st grade- All classes for this age program includes make and take crafts. Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted.

Zoo Keepers -Thursday, 9/25/2014 at 11:15am - Have you ever wondered what zookeepers do at the zoo? Discover the many jobs of a zookeeper; cleaning stalls, preparing food, and keeping our animals happy and healthy. Put your new, zookeeper knowledge to practice as you observe a live classroom animal to determine if it is healthy. (LS, ESS)

Bats - Thursday, 10/16/2014 at 11:15am - Come fly into our bat-cave classroom and learn all about the world’s only flying mammal! We’ll find out what bats eat and discover what makes bats in Wisconsin so special. Observe a bat up-close and then create your own roosting bat to take home. (LS)

Turkeys - Thursday, 11/20/2014 at 11:15amDid you know that a turkey is capable of flying almost 55 miles per hour but prefers to run from its predators? Learn more amazing facts about our feathered friends as you enter our turkey roost classroom. Play a turkey relay game, dance to the “Quirky Turkey” and design your own camouflaged turkey to take home. (LS)

Critter Cover - Thursday, 2/12/2015 at 11:15am- Is it a mammal, bird, fish, reptile, or amphibian? Learn about animal classification while touching real fur, feathers, and scales, and make a critter covers wheel. Also learn 5 to 10 animal related American Sign Language signs. (LS)

Animal Athletes - Tuesday, 3/17/2015 at 11:15am- Can you run as fast as a cheetah or jump as high as a rabbit? Find out as we hand out awards to the animal kingdom’s top athletes. Play an “Animal Locomotion” matching game and practice some unique animal moves. An open space is preferred for this program. (LS)

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs - Tuesday, 4/28/2015 at 11:15am- Butterflies, spiders, bees, and worms-learn to determine which animals are insects and which are not. Discover the tricks of the trade in identifying insects and create your own insect guide. (LS)

African Safari - Tuesday, 5/19/2015 at 11:15am Walking Tour AvailableFrom gigantic giraffes to enormous elephants, learn about some of the biggest animals in Africa as you stomp into our savanna classroom. Touch real hides and horns and sing a song in Swahili, a native language of coastal Africa. Make a savanna poster and visit the Zoo’s largest residents. (ESS)

2nd - 3rd grade -  Most classes offer a take home activity.  Price reflects number of class offered through The Zoological Society.  Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted.

Scavenger Hunt - Thursday, 9/25/2014 at 11:15am - The hunt will be coordinated by Oumalay (Master's Touch) using the Zoological Society's Scavenger Hunt Worksheet.  This will be a fun way for the students to get out and explore the Zoo and learn about the animals! SCAVENGER HUNT WORKSHEET.  This is not a provided course through the Zoological Society.  The Scavenger Hunt will cost $1.00 (my library charge $0.10/page).  The fee is for a copy of the Scavenger Hunt packet & additional materials.   I will need parent volunteers for this day please!

Creatures of the Night - Thursday, 10/16/2014 at 11:15am - Discover how bats, owls, and other night dwellers use their adaptations to survive in a world of darkness. We will explore our own senses as we find out what it takes to be a nocturnal creature. (LS)

Animal Coverings - Thursday, 11/20/2014 at 11:15am- What makes an animal a reptile, fish, amphibian, mammal, or bird? Examine real scales, skin, fur, and feathers as we discover how the five groups of vertebrate animals are classified. Use your knowledge to place “your own animal” in its proper category. (LS)

Ocean Commotion - Thursday, 2/12/2015 at 11:15am - More is known about the surface of the moon than the depths of our oceans. Dive through all three zones of the ocean as we explore the mysterious and amazing animals that call it home. (LS)

Up and Down the Food Chain - Tuesday, 3/17/2015 at 11:15am- What’s on the menu? Examine the teeth and skulls of herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.  Then use this new-found knowledge to identify “mystery” animals in cooperative small groups. We’ll bring it all together by constructing a food chain and explaining how animals get their energy to survive. (LS)

Insect Invasion - Tuesday, 4/28/2015 at 11:15am- Just because it creeps and crawls doesn’t make it an insect!  Investigate the characteristics of insects and compare how they are different from all other animals on Earth. Take our interactive insect quiz, learn about their life cycle, and discover why insects are so successful. (LS)

No Class- Tuesday, 5/19/2015 - Sorry!!  I was not able to get a class for this age program for May 19th.

4th - 8th grade - Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted.

Scavenger Hunt - Thursday, 9/5/2014 at 11:15am- The hunt will be coordinated by Oumalay (Master's Touch) using the Zoological Society's Scavenger Hunt Worksheet.  This will be a fun way for the students to get out and explore the Zoo and learn about the animals! SCAVENGER HUNT WORKSHEET.  This is not a provided course through the Zoological Society.  The Scavenger Hunt will cost $1.00 (my library charge $0.10/page).  The fee is for a copy of the Scavenger Hunt packet & additional materials.   I will need parent volunteers for this day please!

Symbiotic - Thursday, 10/16/2014 at 11:15am - Explore the complexities of animal relationships. Some relationships help each other, while others hurt. Learn how animals exist symbiotically by examining real animals and animal biofacts, and play a symbiotic matching game. (LS)

ZSI 2 - Thursday, 11/20/2014 at 11:15am Walking Tour AvailableProgram length: 75 minutes
How did a non-native animal contract a native disease? In this problem-based scenario, apply logic and scientific reasoning to solve the challenge of a medical mystery involving zoo animals. Learn how science is applied to animal care at the Zoo. (LS, ETS)

Endangered Species - Thursday, 2/12/2015 at 11:15amWalking Tour Available Learn about the “HIPPO effect” and how these factors can lead to the endangerment of wild animals. Examine “valuable” animal parts such as elephant ivory, rhino horn, and tiger fur as we discuss why these animals need our protection. (LS, ESS)

Predator vs Prey - Tuesday, 3/17/2015 at 11:15amWalking Tour AvailableProgram length: 75 minutes
Participate in a role-play activity based on a real case study of the predator-prey relationship. Then compete in teams to see which animal is better adapted to survive. Travel into the Zoo to see some of these predators and their prey to identify what aids each of them in their survival. (LS)

Jaws, Claws & Paws - Tuesday, 4/28/2015 Walking Tour Available Program length: 75 minutes at Zoo
Discover how predators succeed at hunting their prey through hands-on examination of skulls, claws, talons, and more. See some of these predators up close as you venture to the Zoo’s Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country. (LS)

Forces of Flight - Tuesday, 5/19/2015 at 11:15am  Walking Tour AvailableProgram length: 90 minutes
Lift, weight, thrust, and drag. Use your math, science, and engineering skills to investigate these forces and how they affect the motion of a bird in flight. Visit the Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary to observe the different types of flight being used by the birds in our Zoo. (PS, ETS)

The Walking Toursymbol identifies programs that include instruction time in the Zoo.

Next Generation Science Standards are coded at the end of each program description:

  • PS - Physical Science
  • LS - Life Science
  • ES - Earth Science
  • ESS - Earth and Space Science
  • ETS-Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science

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