The Zoo has created age-appropriate teacher resource packets for your review, and incorporation into your lesson plans. These packets offer activities, lessons, and hands-on learning opportunities that can be used independently in your classroom, or in preparation for a Zoo visit or program. Each link below represents a different themed lesson plan.
Preschool (ages 3-5): Zoo Moves , Color Zoo , Sizing the Seas , Furry Friends , Super Senses
Kindergarten: Zoofari , Aquaventures , Polar Bears and Penguins
Grades 1-3: Penguin Pals , It's a Jungle , Wetland Wonders , Coral Critters , African Adventures , Pennsylvania Pride , Working Wild , Polar Quest
Grades 4-6: It's A Pest's Life , Marine Mammals , Animals in Jeopardy , Exploring the Tropical Rainforest , Vertebrates , Animal Observations , Windows to Conservation
Grades 7-12: Biodiversity's Bounty , A Plan for Survival
Activities for Your Classroom: Favorite Animal Activities (grades 1-3) , Tiger Game (grades 1-6) , Giraffe Quiz , Tundra Connections
Early Childhood Teacher Workshops: Backyard Animals , Bats, Bugs, and Things that go BUMP in the Night , Polar Blast , Savanna Safari , Aquatic Wonders , Earth Day Every Day , It Starts With an Egg , Zoo Books
Resources for Wild Earth Day: Conservation Efforts
Teacher workshops at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are designed to empower educators with innovative and exciting strategies to teach about animals and the conservation of their fragile habitats. Our workshops utilize a multidisciplinary approach that teachers will find easy to incorporate into their curricula. Zoo tours, bio-facts, live animal visits, and make-and-take art projects will guarantee an enriching learning experience. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 Approved Provider.
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Sorry, but there are no upcoming scheduled teacher workshops. However, you can schedule a custom workshop for your group. Educators at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will create a workshop to meet the specific needs of your group of 15 or more teachers. Workshops can be held at the Zoo or in your school. For more information, please contact the teacher workshops division of the education department at 412-365-2521 or email@example.com.
The Zoo has been providing teacher education programs since 1988 and has facilitated more than 100 teacher workshops on a variety of topics, including biodiversity, wetlands, endangered species, primates and animal behavior research. All of the Zoo's workshops have been developed with the needs of teachers in mind, and all have incorporated Pennsylvania State Standards for Ecology and the Environment and Pennsylvania State Standards for Science and Technology.