Free Animal Diversity Curriculum for
Fourth Grade Teachers!
This initiative is conceived and created as a
partnership between The Indianapolis Zoo and the Indianapolis
Public Schools. The lessons and activities are designed to meet
Indiana’s state standards of learning. They explore how
animals adapt to their environments in a variety of ways,
creating the infinite diversity of the natural world.
During the program, IPS 4th grade students will complete five
lessons, both in the classroom and out. During the final unit,
classes can take a field trip to the
Indianapolis Zoo and learn more
about how adaptations help animals to survive in their habitat.
While the full Animal Diversity program is limited to IPS
schools, any 4th grade teacher can download the free curriculum! Click
the button above to download the curriculum guide.
Special appreciation goes to
Brendan and Susan Fox, as well as the Marian M. McConnell
Family, for supporting this program.
Photo by Fred
Kits give students hands-on activities
focusing on animals here at the Zoo and around the
world. Kits include a teacher's manual, books, artifacts, posters, activities,
and more. The kits are available to elementary
and secondary grade levels throughout Indiana. Use kits on
their own, or as a pre- or post- activity with a Zoo
visit. You may pick
up the kits at the zoo and borrow them for a two-week period. The cost is $10 per kit.
For more information or to reserve an education kit contact us
Developed with a grant from SBC, the snake kit provides resources
to dispel myths and fears while students learn about these fascinating
reptiles. Resources include: snake skeleton and skulls, videos, posters,
books, snake mounts, curriculum, and more.
Explore the world of penguins with your students. Use the penguin kit to
engage your students in learning about penguin adaptations, habitats and
conservation. The kit contains artifacts, activities, books, posters and
Project Elephant Kit
Learn all about one of the world's largest animals. Items found
in the kit include food samples, elephant tail hair, a replica
tooth, elephant curriculum, posters, books, videos, and more.
Feathers, Fins, and
Furry Tales Kit
The Feathers, Fins and Furry Tales kit (or FFF) is designed to stimulate
young students' curiosity prior to their Zoo visit is filled with games,
audio cassettes, video tapes, books, and curriculum
Suitcase for Survival
Explore the relationship between endangered
species and the trade in wildlife products using
a Suitcase for Survival in your classroom! Watch as
your students look at and touch an anaconda skin,
ivory carving, ocelot skin, sea turtle boots, rhino
horn pills, and other illegally traded wildlife
products. The experience will bring awareness to the
struggles that wildlife face to survive.
Fortunately, there are some happy endings to these
struggles. Learn how your class can be a part of it!
This suitcase is designed to allow people to discover and
explore animals using a variety of their senses. The suitcase
includes artifacts, games, CD of animal sounds, activities and
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