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TEACHER PACKETS

Please note: These resources contain relevant natural history information, however information related to Woodland Park Zoo may be outdated. The resources are archived here for your use, but are not regularly updated.

Woodland Park Zoo teacher packets contain background information, activity ideas, and resource information. Activities included in teacher packets were written to support Washington’s Essential Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Washington’s Environmental and Sustainability Education Standards. Most activities are designed for use with students in grades K-12 and can be adapted to suit your needs. The packets can be used to help you design a curriculum for use at the zoo or in your classroom. Original publication and revision dates are listed under the title of each packet.

Teacher packets are available in small downloadable sections. To access, click on the link for the section you would like to download.

 

African Savanna

Originally published 1997
The central theme of this packet is the balance of nature. You and your students will examine the relationships between plants, animals and people of the east African savanna. This packet includes information about ecotourism and how people can minimize their impact on this fragile and fascinating part of the world.

Introduction
Background
WPZ Animals and Exhibit Information
Vocabulary
Resources
Activities
Conservation Links

Amazing Arthropods

Originally published 1997
The group of animals classified as arthropods is the largest, most diverse group of animals in the world. It includes insects, spiders and lobsters. This packet will help you and your students explore these fascinating and vitally important animals.

Introduction
Background
WPZ Animals and Exhibit Information
References and Resources
Activities
Glossary
Bug World
Conservation Links

For additional information on Arthropods see the downloadable presentation

Apes

Originally published 2007
This packet, designed for grades 6-9, focuses on apes and helps students to make connections between the physical, behavioral and environmental characteristics of apes. The packet also explores the urgent issue of ape conservation. Using an interdisciplinary approach, activities are woven throughout the packet, providing students with opportunities to build an understanding of apes’ adaptations and strategies for survival.

Introduction  
Objectives and Introduction to Apes  
Ape Environments  
Physical Characteristics  
Ape Behavior  
Ape Conservation 
Glossary and Resources
WPZ Animals and Exhibit Information
Conservation Links

Endangered Species

Originally published 1998-1999; revised 2006
This packet is designed for grades 5-12, but includes background information and a few activities useful for grades K-4. You will find current information regarding endangered species in our state and country, and throughout the world.

Introduction
Background
Glossary and Resources
Activities
WPZ Animals and Exhibit Information
Conservation Links

For additional information on Endangered Species see the downloadable presentation.

Forest Explorers

Originally published 1995; revised 2007
This packet was designed to supplement Woodland Park Zoo’s second-grade forest ecology program, but is adaptable for most elementary grades. With sections on forests, habitats, niches and interdependence, and conservation, Forest Explorers compares Washington state’s temperate forests with tropical rain forests of Central and South America.

Introduction
Background
Glossary and Resources
Activities
WPZ Animals and Exhibit Information
Conservation Links

For additional information on Forests - Tropical and Temperate see the downloadable presentation.

Northern Trail

Originally published 1994; revised 1998
Life in the far north is hard. The ground is permanently frozen, the sun never shines during part of the winter, and never sets during part of the summer. How do animals and plants adapt to this environment? This packet will help you share the mysteries of Alaska with your students.

Introduction
Background
References
Glossary
Map
Activities
WPZ Animals and Exhibit Information
Conservation Links 

Raptors

Originally published 1997
Birds of prey are magnificent animals that can be readily seen in both urban and rural areas. Since they are top predators, raptors provide an excellent avenue for studying a wide variety of biological concepts, such as predator-prey relationships, adaptations and the effects of human influence.

Introduction
Background
Activities
Glossary and Resources
WPZ Animals and Exhibit Information
Conservation Links

For additional information on Bird Basics see the downloadable presentation.

Reptiles & Amphibians

Originally published 2000
Cold-blooded animals have developed unique physical characteristics and life cycles for survival in a variety of habitats. This packet explores the human-posed threats faced by reptile and amphibian populations throughout the world. Specific examples are provided about species in Washington state that are threatened or endangered.

Introduction
Background
Glossary and Resources
Activities
WPZ Animals and Exhibit Information
Conservation Links

For additional information on Amphibians see the downloadable presentation.

For additional information on Reptiles see the downloadable presentation.

Tropical Asia

Plants, animals and people of tropical Asian forests are inextricably linked. This packet looks at interconnections that make life in the tropical rain forests of Asia possible. This packet helps students to learn about biodiversity and interdependence.

* Revised version coming soon

For additional information on Forests -Tropical and Temperate see the downloadable presentation.

Tropical Rain Forest

Originally published 1992; revised 2005
This packet presents information on the forests of the world, with an emphasis on tropical rain forests. Activities and information focus on the different layers of the forest, and the species of plants and animals that are uniquely adapted to each layer.  Also provided are ideas on how you and your students can help conserve forests.

Introduction
Background
Glossary and Resources
Activities
WPZ Animals and Exhibit Information
Conservation Links

For additional information on Forests -Tropical and Temperate see the downloadable presentation.

Washington Wildlife

Originally published 1998
Washington state contains some of the most diverse ecosystems in the nation. This packet takes a detailed look, through background information, activities and resources, at five different habitat regions: the steppe, montane, temperate forest, wetland and urban areas.

Introduction
Background
Glossary and Resources
Plant Lists
Animal Lists
Maps
WPZ Animals and Exhibit Information
Activities
Activities Grid
Conservation Links

For additional information on Washington Wildlife see the downloadable presentation.

Zoo/Wildlife Careers

Originally published 2001; revised 2007
Did you know that the zoo employs more than 250 people in careers from accounting to zookeeping? This packet helps teachers of all grades guide their students in explorations of zoo and other wildlife careers.

Introduction
Background
Resources
Activities
FAQs
Conservation Links

For additional information on Keeping the Zoo see the downloadable presentation.