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Teacher Resources

Learn to use the Zoos' rich educational resources to meet your teaching objectives, prepare students for MCAS and plan inquiry-based classroom activities at every grade level.

Fall Virtual Programming

Grades K-2:

  • Senses (1.LS.1.1)
  • Habitats (K.LS.1.1, 2.LS.4.1)

Grades 3-5

  • Adaptations (4.LS.1.1)
  • Ecosystems (5.LS.2.1)

Grades 6-8

  • Zoo Careers
  • Protecting Endangered Species (7.LS.2.4, 8.ESS.3.5)

High School

  • Climate change & conservation (HS.EES.2.4, HS.LS.2.7)
  • Energy & Ecosystems (HS.ESS.2.6, HS.LS.2.1, HS.LS.2.6)
  • Zoo Careers
  • Evolution & Adaptations (HS.LS.1.2, HS.LS.4.5)

What to expect at each level:

  • Standard Program: In this 30-minute program, a Zoo Educator will explore the theme with your group and introduce you to two of our Ambassador Animals! $100
  • Program Plus: In this 45-minute program, you can expect a standard program PLUS an educator-led zoo activity to enrich your virtual visit! $150
  • Super Program: These 60-minute programs include a standard program, an activity, and a virtual field trip to one of our zoo exhibits. $200

Theme Descriptions:

Grades K-2:

  • Senses (1.LS.1.1)
    Can you imagine what it would be like to use your tongue to smell with? To taste with your feet? In this class we will explore the vast world of animal senses, and learn how animals use them to navigate their environment.
  • Habitats (K.LS.1.1, 2.LS.4.1)
    During this class we will learn what makes each habitat a special place for animals to live, and what they need from their habitats in order to survive. We will also discuss how to protect these habitats so we can continue learning about these amazing animals for years to come!

Grades 3-5

  • Adaptations (4.LS.1.1)
    Adaptations are the functions and behaviors that living things use to survive in their habitats. With help from some of our animal ambassadors, students will get to think critically about what certain adaptations are used for along with where certain animals live and why.
  • Ecosystems (5.LS.2.1)
    Producers, consumers, and decomposers, oh my! During this class we will explore the diversity of ecosystems around the world, and learn more about the relationships of living things within them.

Grades 6-8

  • Zoo Careers
    It takes a lot more than zookeepers to run a zoo. This class helps students identify various zoo careers ranging from those that work in close contact with animals, to other important careers within a zoo. Students will recognize the progression of academic training and develop an understanding behind volunteering and the importance of service in the zoo field.
  • Protecting Endangered Species (7.LS.2.4, 8.ESS.3.5)
    This class will help to explain the different levels of concern a species can be placed in, as well as identify some of the common threats to endangered species. We will provide examples of endangered species both locally and world-wide, and cover possible conservation solutions and concrete actions students can take to have a significant impact on species survival.

High School

  • Climate change & conservation (HS.EES.2.4, HS.LS.2.7)
    We’ll take a deep dive into how the Earth’s climate changes over time and what that means for animals and ecosystems. Students will learn about different approaches to species conservation and habitat protection and will assess different solutions. We’ll spend time learning what we can do to help mitigate climate change and promote healthy ecosystems.
  • Energy & Ecosystems (HS.ESS.2.6, HS.LS.2.1, HS.LS.2.6)
    Producers, consumers, and decomposers, oh my! During this class we will explore the diversity of ecosystems around the world, and learn more about the relationships of living things within them.
  • Zoo Careers
    It takes a lot more than zookeepers to run a zoo. This class helps students identify various zoo careers ranging from those that work in close contact with animals, to other important careers within a zoo. Students will recognize the progression of academic training and develop an understanding behind volunteering and the importance of service in the zoo field.
  • Evolution & Adaptations (HS.LS.1.2, HS.LS.4.5)
    During this class we will learn about animal structures and how they help animals survive. We’ll talk about where these structures come from and how they’ve changed, or haven’t changed, over long periods of time.

Questions? Contact us at:

Phone:  617-989-3742
Email: education@zoonewengland.org