Field Trip Kits
Each Field Trip Kit will take students through standards-based, interactive activities while they explore Sunset Zoo. Each kit includes a list of relevant vocabulary terms that can be extended into the classroom and beyond. Then, students are guided through a grade-specific math lesson featuring the animals at the zoo, a scientific observation of animal structures or behavior, an environmental or themed literacy activity, and an opportunity to compose their own original writing about their zoo experience!
In each kit, chaperones and teachers can expect to find a brochure with directions and suggestions for the supervising adult. For students, there will be laminated and reusable activity sheets, lesson materials, dry erase markers, and eco-friendly clipboards. Each kit contains enough materials for five students and a supervising adult.
Field Trip kits are $6 each or as an add-on to a class trip for $25.
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With the Pre-K Field Trip Kit, students will visit the leopards after counting animals and learn about observation as they visit the pelicans and act out their behavior. Students will search for letters in animal names and visit the nature play area to practice writing letters and words with unconventional, natural materials.
With the Kindergarten Field Trip Kit, students will visit Expedition Asia and combine math and science skills to investigate the survival needs of animals. Then, students will visit the prairie dogs or flamingoes to build on their observational skills and act out animal behavior before they search for letters in animal names throughout the zoo. Finally, students will compose a story about a favorite animal using pictures and words.
With the First Grade Field Trip Kit, students will compare the numbers of animals in different parts of the zoo, visiting the African Trail and Expedition Asia. Then, they will reenact the behavior of the chimpanzees on the playground as they practice their observational skills. Students will have a read-aloud near an animal with a correlating story book, and then construct a personal narrative of their zoo experience.
With the Second Grade Field Trip Kit, students will use unconventional units of measure to investigate the dimensions of animal habitats and compare their findings to others’. Students will use their compare and contrast skills as they observe the diverse life on earth when they visit the pelicans and the crested screamers, before going on a sight word scavenger hunt around the zoo. Finally, students compare their two favorite animals in an original composition.
With the Third Grade Field Trip Kit, students practice multiplication facts as they decode an animal worksheet and count animals as they explore the zoo. Students walk through Expedition Asia to discuss the different kinds of animal coloration and camouflage before going on a scavenger hunt for prefixes and suffixes throughout the zoo! Finally, students practice using supporting facts to write an opinion piece on their favorite zoo animal.
With the Fourth Grade Field Trip Kit, students begin by exploring Expedition Asia and investigating how fractions apply to the animals housed there. Then, they discuss and build the external structures of sloth bears and tigers using recyclable materials. Students practice their literacy skills by constructing similes and metaphors to describe cheetahs and hyenas before composing an original poem about an animal or the zoo.
With the Fifth Grade Field Trip Kit, students begin by exploring the Americas Trail and investigating the fractions of animals that reside here. Then, students move to the prairie dogs to create their own food webs! Students will read a poem and reimagine it will a zoo animal before creating a shape poem of their own.