Lesson Launchers at Lion Country Safari
Lesson Launchers are fun, hands-on STEM-based quick learning activities; elementary teachers may film their students participating in this activity at Lion Country Safari and then share it with the archive at the School District of Palm Beach County for other teachers to use to launch their lesson on that subject. Teachers may choose EITHER a Lesson Launcher OR a program: one is free with your class’s field trip (advance registration required; subject to availability). Please allow 15-30 minutes for a Lesson Launcher activity or allow 30-60 minutes for a program. Please note that although the entire class may watch and encourage their classmates, teachers will select up to 10 students to do the activities for a Lesson Launcher. Below is a list of the Lesson Launchers available with your field trip to Lion Country Safari, along with some of the benchmarks covered for each:
- An Animal Tale (animal patterns): Students will match animal patterns to shapes of animals that they may see at Lion Country Safari.
NGSSS: MAFS.K.G.1.2: Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
- Animal Senses: Students will use their 5 senses and learn more about animal senses.
NGSSS: SC.K.L.14.1: Recognize the five senses and related body parts.
MAFS.K.CC.2.4: Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
- Fur, Feathers, and Scales: Students will determine body coverings of certain animals that they may see at Lion Country Safari.
NGSSS: SC.K.L.14.3: Observe plants and animals, describe how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.
- Classification 1: Students will classify animals into 5 vertebrate classes.
NGSSS: SC.3.L.15.1: Classify animals (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates, live births and lay eggs) according to physical characteristics and behavior.
- Habitats 1: Students will play a game to build the four elements of a habitat.
NGSSS: SC.1.L.17.1 Through observation, recognize that all plants and animals, including humans, need the basic necessities of air, water, food, and space.
- Enrichment: Students will make an enrichment and then observe animals interacting with it.
NGSSS: SC.2.L.17.1: Compare and contrast the basic needs that all living things, including humans, have for survival.
SC.2.L.17.2: Recognize and explain that living things are found all over Earth, but each is only able to live in habitats that meet its basic needs.
SC.4.L.16.2: Explain that although characteristics of plants and animals are inherited, some characteristics can be affected by the environment.
SC.4.L.16.3: Recognize that animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning.
- Food Chain: Students will play a food web game.
NGSSS: SC.4.L.17.2: Explain that animals, including humans, cannot make their own food and that when animals eat plants or other animals, the energy stored in the food source is passed to them.
SC.4.L.17.3: Trace the flow of energy from the Sun as it is transferred along the food chain through the producers to the consumers.
- Geology: Several students will do the mining activity (1 bag shared); more students will try to ID rocks; teacher keeps rocks for the class.
NGSSS: SC.1.P.81: Sort objects by observing properties, such as size, weight, shape, color, temperature, texture, sink or float
SC.1.E.6.1: Recognize that water, rocks, soil, and living organisms are found on the Earth’s surface SC.2.E.6.1: Recognize that Earth is made up of rocks. Rocks come in many sizes and shapes
SC.3.P.8.3: Compare materials/objects according to properties, such as size, shape, color, texture, and hardness
SC.4.E.6.1: Identify the 3 categories of rocks: igneous (formed from molten rock); sedimentary (pieces of other rocks and fossilized organisms); and metamorphic (formed from heat & pressure)
- Animal Adaptations 1: Animal parts mix-up. Ask each group to explain how their animal gets its food & water, where it lives, and how its adaptations help it to survive.
NGSSS: SC.5.L.17.1: Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors, and physical characteristics.
SC.5.L.15.1: Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce which others die or move to new locations.
- Classification 2: Students play the Aliens Classification game to sort “aliens” into 5 vertebrate classes.
NGSSS: SC.3.L.15.1: Classify animals into major groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates, those having live births and those which lay eggs) according to their physical characteristics and behaviors.
SC.6.L.15.1: Analyze and describe how and why organisms are classified according to shared characteristics
SC.3.N.1.6: Infer based on observation.
VA.4.F.3.1: Discuss how analytical skills and thinking strategies are applied to both art production and problem-solving in other content areas.
- Habitats 2: Students will learn about rainfall measurements in various biomes.
NGSSS: SC.5.E.7.5: Recognize that some of the weather-related differences, such as temperature and humidity, are found among different environments, such as swamps, deserts, and mountains.
SC.5.E.7.6: Describe the characteristics (temperature & precipitation) of different climate zones as they relate to latitude, elevation, and proximity to bodies of water.
- LCSI: Animal Mystery: Students will use deductive reasoning and examine evidence to discover what happened at an animal “crime scene.”
NGSSS: SC.3.N.1.1: Raise questions about the natural world, investigate, generate explanations based on explorations.
SC.3.N.1.6: Infer based on observation.
SC.4.L.17.2: Explain that animals, including humans, cannot make their own food and that when animals eat plants or other animals, the energy stored in the food source is passed to them.
SC.6.N.1.4: Discuss, compare, and negotiate methods used, results obtained, and explanations among groups of students conducting the same investigation.
MAFS.K12.MP.3.1: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.