Activity Guides and Lesson Plans

Here you can download a variety of lesson plans, chaperone activities, and curriculum guides to help with your field trip and classroom learning.

Self-guided Zoo Activities

- Nature Explorer Cards are a fun way to learn more about animals and nature. Each card has a question, piece of information, or an activity that connects in a fun way to the animals and plants at the Zoo. Nature Explorer Cards help anyone to become an expert nature investigator. They are an excellent way for student groups to learn together and perfect for chaperones.

- Nature Quests are just like treasure hunts and a way for students to explore the Zoo. The Harmony Farm Nature Quest is perfect for K - 2 students and chaperones.

Forest of Uco Self Guided Tours - Are you studying rainforests or biodiversity in class? These self guided tours focus on our Forest of Uco exhibit and touch on many science standards for each grade level.




Be an Animal Scientist - Live Flamingo Observation - For Kindergarten and up this zoo activity introduces students to the work of behavioral scientists and incorporates observation skills, data collection, and data analysis. Its most effective when paired with the Simulated Flamingo Observation activity before a Zoo field trip?


 

Curriculum Packets

Worms-Wiggly and Wonderful! - This curriculum guide for K-2nd grade combines scientific observation with animal caregiving to teach students about vermicomposting and serves as a great introduction to sustainability.



Observing Goats at the Phoenix Zoo: A Practice in Scientific Inquiry - This curriculum guide was developed by 3rd and 4th grade teachers from the Scottsdale Unified School District in partnership with Zoo staff and uses the Zoo's Petting Zoo to teach the scientific process.



- This packet for 2nd grade and up uses elephants to help students explore basic science concepts.

- This packet for 2nd grade and up uses our popular squirrel monkey exhibit to help students explore science concepts.

Individual Activities

- Behavioral Enrichment (BE) is an essential component of zoo management and is founded upon behavioral science and natural history. This activity provides a fun way for students to explore the concept by designing their own BE for an animal.

Habitat Game - This fun game for 1st - 5th grade students introduces the basic elements of habitats.

Be an Animal Scientist - Simulated Flamingo Observation - For Kindergarten and up this classroom activity introduces students to the work of behavioral scientists and incorporates observation skills, data collection, and data analysis. Its most effective when paired with the Live Flamingo Observation activity during a Zoo field trip.


- This fun card game focuses on endangered North American amphibians and uses math and scientific reasoning skills. Appropriate for 2nd grade and up.

- Developed for 4th grade and up, this activity introduces the concepts of sustainability, endangered species, resource scarcity, and personal choice in a fun way.

Additional Resources

- The Phoenix Zoo now offers training programs to familiarize teachers with the Council for Environmental Education's Growing up Wild Curriculum which helps incorporate environmental education into early learning classrooms.