I LOVE visiting the zoo in the spring or summer. When I had a Montessori preschool, we took a field trip to our local zoo each May before the end of the school year.
But I love zoo visits at any time of the year. My family has had a great time visiting zoos during every season. My husband and I took our kids to zoos locally and when we traveled when they were little. And we still enjoy visiting the San Diego Zoo with our now-adult kids and kids-in-law.
For a zoo animal unit, you can have a systematic study of animals starting with living/non-living; then plant/animal; animals and their groups; vertebrate/invertebrate; types of vertebrate/types of invertebrate, etc. Or you can start with a relaxed summer unit, adding classification framework as it becomes relevant to your study.
Here are some great ideas for Montessori-inspired zoo animal units from around the blogosphere (especially good for preschoolers through early elementary):
Montessori-Inspired Zoo Animal Activities
Discovery Days and Montessori Moments has a wonderful zoo unit.
Making Montessori Ours has a fabulous variation of the Montessori grammar farm … Miniature Zoo Environment for Reading and Grammar
My post on Montessori Continent Boxes has links to lots of ideas for studying the animals of each continent.
Leptir has an impressive hands-on activity for sorting animals by continent.
Pink and Green Mama had a creative Zoo Sensory Box. (The blog is no longer available.)
From A to Z: Our Tot School Adventure has a cute Zoo Sensory Bin.
Trial & Error Mama has a Wild Forest sensory tub with activities about each animal’s characteristics and food.
Homeschool Escapade wrote about Animals of the World Activity using Animals of the Continents cards from Montessori Print Shop. Homeschool Escapade also wrote about Montessori Print Shop’s work on Animal Camouflage.
Sunrise Learning Lab wrote about the Animal Skin Match and Animal Tracks work from Montessori Print Shop.
Montessori MOMents wrote about Animals of Africa from Montessori Print Shop. (Blog is now private, so you have to request an invite.)
My Oatmeal Kisses placed animals on continents made of playdough.
My Montessori Journey created a Farm Animals/Zoo Animals sorting activity.
Spell Outloud has Noctural and Diurnal Animals free printable for sortin
I have a Zoo Animal Unit Study Pinterest board with activities of all types and for many different levels.
Have fun at the zoo and at home learning about zoo animals! 🙂
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