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Use the Zoo Calendar (page 1 of PDF) to involve learners in interdisciplinary, whole language, and writing activities about ecological concepts. Each 30-45 minute activity emphasizes the concept of biodiversity and demonstrates that science is all around us. These activities can be conducted before or after a visit to a zoo (or not at all), in a large or small group setting, and as a month long or shorter (or longer) unit. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Books (listed in PDF)
  • Brass fasteners
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  • Curling ribbon
  • Glue
  • Magazines
  • Measuring tool
  • Paint
  • Paper lunch bags
  • Paper plates
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • Yarn


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games
  • Literature
  • Nature and Environment
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • hear
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums


  • All rights reserved, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore,