Exploring the Wild Kingdom
• This exploratory will engage learners of all
• The exploratory unit on wildlife is designed to
expound on the interests in the fields of
nature, animal biology, conservation and
• The students will be introduced to the
diversity of the different disciplines of life
• Many activities, to provide the students with
exposure to the different types of animals, are
included in this unit.
• The cumulative activity at the end of this
unit will require the students to draw on
their knowledge from previous activities to
complete a scavenger hunt at the local zoo.
• Students will experience a new knowledge
base on the diversity of animals and also
opportunities for careers in these fields.
Day 1- Spineless Wonders
– Discuss the diversity of invertebrates
– Introduce the 6 different groups
– The students will observe the kinds of invertebrates that
live in the local environments with an activity.
Day 2- Fish food
– Students will look at the body systems of cnidarians (flatworms).
– Look at the different types of body symmetry.
– Complete an investigation on worm behavior.
Day 3 - Shells and Spines
– Describe different types of mollusks and their features.
– Describe different types of echinoderms and their features.
– Observe details of mollusks and echinoderm shells in an
Day 4- Exoskeletons and Joints
– Explore arthropods, the largest group of invertebrates.
– Recognize that all arthropods have exoskeletons.
– Describe the process of metamorphosis that insects
– Observe the development process of meal worms,
Day 5 - Finding Nemo
– Explain vertebrates have internal skeletons with
– Discuss how fish are adapted for water.
– Characterize the 3 main groups of fish.
– Explore how the shape of a fish helps it move.
Day 6 - Exploring Kermit
– Discuss the characteristics of amphibians, vertebrates
that can live on land for part of their lives.
– Explain that amphibians are ectotherms
– Explore how the ability to jump helps a frog survive on
Day 7 - Still finding Kermit
– Explore the differences between adult frogs and
– Observe the lifecycle of the frog.
Day 8 - Scales and claws
– Recognize the characteristics of reptiles, vertebrates
that can live on land for their entire lives.
– Explain why reptiles are ectotherms.
– Observe and describe the characteristics of eggs
through a hands on activity.
Day 9 - Scales and Claws
– Explore the connection between animals that
can walk up walls or across ceilings.
– Explore the challenge of geckos being able to
walk up wet surfaces versus dry ones.
Day 10 - Birds of a feather
– Recognize that birds are endotherms.
– Describe how birds adaptations allow them to
live in many environments.
– Explain the adaptations that enable birds to fly.
Day 11- Birds of a feather
– Explore different types of beaks.
– Explore how feathers differ.
– Look at different types of birds.
Day 12 -Mammals
– Recognize that mammals are endotherms.
– Describe the diversity of adaptations that are found in
– Explain that mammals produce milk, which is food for
– Make models to show how fat keeps a mammal warm.
Day 13 -Mammals
– Explore different mammalian diets.
– Explore different types of mammalian skulls.
– Explore the different mammalian habitats.
Day 14 - Careers with animals
• Explore the different professions that are
available in the different areas of life
• Guest Speaker: Zoologist from the local
Day 15 - Field Trip to the Zoo
• Observe the different type of animals
discussed over the unit.
• Observe their environments.
• Complete a zoo scavenger hunt obtained
from the local zoo.
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