1. Topic


2. Content

There are many types of animals in today's zoos. We will learn about
a few of them throughout this lesson. We will learn how big/small
zoo animals are and how much they weigh in comparison to each other.
We will also bring in math into the lesson by estimating and graphing
on how many zoo animals are in a particular zoo in America. Students
will have a great opportunity to learn about science with inquiry
and research and then be able to take a field trip to a zoo. 


3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes

Students will know different types of animals.
Students will be able to identify animals by characteristics.
Students will be able to ask and search for answers to questions given
to them.
Students will be able to graph and compare/contrast animals.
Get permission slips signed by parents.
Get chaperones for zoo field trip. 


4. Objectives

National Science Education Standards(NSES)
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (4ASI1)
Understandings about scientific inquiry (4ASI2)
Formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize,
and display relevant data to answer them;
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics(NCTM)
 pose questions and gather data about themselves and their surroundings;
 sort and classify objects according to their attributes and organize
data about the objects;
 represent data using concrete objects, pictures, and graphs.
 Describe parts of the data and the set of data as a whole to determine
what the data show.
 Discuss events related to students' experiences as likely or unlikely. 


5. Materials and Aids

Animal magazines(National Geographic), zoo pamphlet, encyclopedia,
books with animal pictures, computer with Internet, notebook, and
pencils/pens. 


6. Procedures/Methods

A. Introduction
We will learn about zoo animals this week to get us prepared for
our field trip to an actual zoo. We will predict on what types of
animals we will see and estimate on how much certain animals weigh
and how much food they eat and how many times do they get fed throughout
the day. We will also compare and contrast animals to each other and
other objects. We will keep notes in our notebooks throughout the
week so that we can go back to our notes when we are at the zoo. 


B. Development
In this lesson, students will first carry out a number of activities
that demonstrate the concepts of fractions, decimals, and/or percent.
The lesson will also contain the twelve science processes. 


C. Practice
Students will be able to go online and watch videos from the National
Geographic website to see some animals that we would see at the zoo.
Students will be able to see the animals habitats and how they interact
with other animals and human beings. Students will be able to communicate
their findings in the form of groups and discussing amongst themselves
and teacher. 


D. Independent Practice
Students will write in their notebooks and keep a log of their findings.
Students will be able to log onto the computer and look up certain
animals they want to study when at the zoo. Students will make a graph
of how many animals(of their choice) are kept in one pen at a time
at the zoo. 


E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)
Students who do not work well with a computer, will be paired with
a student who is proficient with a computer. The teacher and class
will read out loud the objectives and goals so that everyone understands
what the lesson is asking for. 


F. Checking for understanding
Teacher will walk around the room to help students, oneonone,
if they are having trouble with the goals. The teacher will ask open/ended
questions to see if students understand. Have students write in their
notebooks for ongoing assessments and feedback of the lesson. 


G. Closure
Have a class discussion on what students found in their searches
on the computer and in the books provided. Talk about what they have
learned from this lesson and talk about what they expect to see and
hear when they go on their field trip. to the zoo. 


7. Evaluation

Students will demonstrate their understanding by finding different
animals that one will find at a zoo through using the computer and
books and writing them in their notebooks. I will also be able to
evaluate their knowledge by their participation, ideas, and the examples
of different kind of animals found at the zoo. 

