This term we are learning about animals and their habitats and what better way to learn about that than to immerse ourselves into the topic and going to the zoo. In the lead up to going to the zoo we had been learning about animals body parts and habitats to build the students’ vocabulary. We even made up our own crazy animals with different heads, features, legs and skin. It was so much fun.
It was the first time at the zoo for many of the students. We were all so excited. I drew a calendar on the board and we had been counting down the days since the end of Term 3! Every day that we crossed a day off the excitement grew greater.
Then FINALLY the zoo day had arrived and thankfully it was a lovely, warm day. We caught a big bus to the zoo which was very exciting.
First step was to claim a spot for us to come back to for lunch, next we got into out groups. There were 3 groups and lots of lovely teachers and parent helpers there to experience the day with us.
Our lovely zoo group.
Once we had our groups sorted our next mission was to explore the zoo. The elephants enclosure was our destination but we stopped at EVERYTHING along the way.
We were lucky enough to see baby elephants walking around with their parents. If you look closely, in the background there is a herd of elephants (excuse the overexposed photo). Taylan was clearly more interested in the elephants than in my bad photography skills.
Next stop: the butterfly enclosure. The butterfly enclosure is simply amazing. There are butterflies everywhere and if you are lucky enough, like Dominic and myself then a butterfly might even land on you!
We saw so many animals and had such a great day. The kids also loved all of the statues around the zoo and wanted to get photos with all of them. The kids were fantastically behaved and had an absolute ball. Even though it was very hot that day we all pushed through and nearly made it through the entire zoo. We missed the monkey section which is a shame but I was very impressed with what we got through. I can honestly say that this zoo excursion has been the highlight of my teaching career so far and not just because I love the zoo. It was so special for me to be there with my students and share this experience with them. What a great day of learning. Thank you to Rose and Monty who helped me throughout the day and thank you to Salma, Reshma and Eman who took the map and helped Monty lead the way to our next enclosures. Some of the students had maps and there were ticking off the animals that we had seen. We had looked at the map during class before the excursion and mapped out where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see. It was a great exposing the students to the map beforehand because they were all so confident with finding the way. I think I have a set of explorers on my hands.
Please see below for more photos of the zoo.
Eman on the corroborree frog statue.
Daniella on the corroborree frog statue.
Abdullah, Shoaib and Salma on the corroborree frog statue.
Climbing like little mountain goats.
Who could go past a beautiful cat mural like this?
The kids loved the seal statue. I’m sure if I let them they would have gotten in with the real seals and tried to ride them too haha.
Reshma, Salma and Eman
Adam looking shocked at being caught stroking the seal.
The boys doing what boys do…trying to ride a wild animal.
Monty riding the elephant statue because he was on the only one big enough to get up there properly.
Pretending to be African wild dogs.
I HAD to get a photo of Adam with the platypus statue. It was the animal that he was desperate to see.
I wish I had more photos of the animals but I, just like the kids was too busy being excited by them all to get photos.