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June is National Zoo & Aquarium Month!
Zoos and Aquariums bring pieces of the natural world closer to home. While many of us aren’t able to physically visit them yet this summer, you can use these resources to take a virtual trip to zoos and aquariums around the world while learning about animals, the environment, and conservation.
Smithsonian Learning Lab
Find, create, and share digital resources from museums, the National Zoo, and other Smithsonian research centers. Sign up to create your own collections from both content found on the site and your own resources (such as photos).
The Florida Aquarium
Take a virtual field trip to the Florida Aquarium. Find teaching materials in PDF format, videos, and kids’ activities, like building a hydrometer or creating a mangrove tree. Click on Education and then Digital Resources to find more materials!
Dive into the ocean and view life among the world’s coral reefs. Discover different fish and other organisms who call the reef their home. Learn the characteristics of the ecosystem and click Science to learn more.
Engage Young Learners
Discover resources for young students to help them learn more about the ocean and animals. Even students who are unable to read on their own will find something to explore on these sites!
View and share amazing photos of newborn animals born in zoos around the world. See the baby animals that students may not be able to see in person and read information snippets. The videos offer an especially neat perspective!
Shutterbugs Wiggle and Stomp
Be on the lookout for animals swimming, running, wiggling, and stomping. This site from The Smithsonian helps young students learn how to describe movement and motion. You can also take virtual photos or print coloring pages for each animal.
Engage your youngest students as they click on the critter icons along the top to learn how to live in an environmentally friendly way. Each critter has a pop-up book to learn new habits. View the site in both English and Japanese!
Game-Based Learning in the Zoo
Share these fun and informational tools with your students. Each resource includes games to help students learn about animals, the zoo, and much more as they play.
Click on Make and Play to find engaging activities, games, and puzzles. Use this free, realistic virtual zoo to create hybrid and unique organisms, play sliding and jigsaw puzzles, or watch and listen to critters.
Liven up your science lessons with this site created by the Minnesota Zoo, featuring some familiar games with an animal twist: Penguin Quest, Zoodoku, Super Trivia, Crossword, Bedazzled, and Matching. Don't miss the links for teachers under Education.
The elephants need your help! Keep your prehistoric elephant alive by finding food and avoiding dangers like saber tooth tigers. Teach your students all about elephants through this engaging interactive that takes you back to the time of mammoths!
This Week at TeachersFirst
Use our blog post about virtual field trips to find some zoos or aquariums to “visit” this summer. Now is also a great time to save your spot for our summer book study or our OK2Ask® virtual workshops, which return in early July! For the teenagers in your life, check out Sync, a summer audiobook program for teens! And finally, we kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll.
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Take a Virtual Field Trip to an Aquarium or Zoo
Discover how you can expand learning through virtual museum or site visits on our blog. Go on an adventure from the comfort of your home and share these resources with your students—virtually!
Summer Book Study
Read all about the Triple E Framework
Join us this summer as we read "Learning First, Technology Second" by Liz Kolb. Our book study, which runs from July 7–August 12, will introduce TeachersFirst members to the Triple E Framework for technology evaluation.
Save your seat today
Summer is the prime time to check out our FREE, quality virtual workshops. This summer, we’ll be offering multiple sessions each week. See the full schedule of sessions, many offered for the first time, and register to save your spot!
Audiobooks for teens
We are excited to share a new resource that was recently added to our collection. Sync is a free summer audiobook program for teens! Each week, your teen will be provided with two thematically paired audiobooks.
Share this limited time resource with students and families »
Share your thoughts
Aquariums and zoos offer a great place to look for virtual field trips. This week our poll asks: “What is your biggest challenge with using virtual field trips with your students?” View other educators' replies once you hit submit.
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