Fulton elementary students getting a little wild
The Messenger 12.12.07
The Louisville (Ky.) Zoo is coming to Fulton Independent Elementary School with some “creepy crawlies” today.
The visit is part of the Zoo to You program, where the Louisville Zoo reaches out to youth across the state.
“We pride ourselves on being the State Zoo of Kentucky,” Louisville Zoo director John Walczak said. “And reaching out into the state to educate youth is an important part of our mission. We are dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet.”
Today, zoo educators will visit four Fulton Independent Elementary School classrooms beginning at 8:30 a.m. With the help of live animals such as snakes, White’s tree frogs and cockroaches, students will understand the value of all creatures. They will also be able to describe the life cycle of a frog and a butterfly and tell the differences between arachnids and insects.
The curriculum of the Zoo to You outreach program is based on Kentucky Core Content for Assessment. This multi-disciplinary program involves students comparing different structures and functions of plants and animals that contribute to growth, understanding the survival and reproduction of the organisms and making inferences about the relationship between structure and function in organisms.
Zoo to You also involves students describing human interactions in the environment where they live and classifying the interactions as beneficial or harmful to the environment using data and evidence to support conclusions.
“Zoo to You programs provide interdisciplinary learning experiences to help students meet statewide and national performance standards,” said Louisville Zoo curator of education Marcelle Gianelloni. “The core content of ‘Creepy Crawlies’ works in tandem with Unity and Diversity core content (SC-E4-3.4.1, SC-E4-3.4.2, SC-E4-3.4.3, SC-E4- 3.4.4, SC-E4-4.6.1, SC-E4- 4.7.2). We hope that when they leave our session they will come away with a better understanding of themselves, animals and the earth.”
The Zoo to You program is made possible by the continued generous support of charitable individuals and organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
For more information about how to support the Louisville Zoo and its programs, call (502) 459-2181.