Someone told me to check out the Calgary Zoo and their penguin program.
@calgaryzoo and was excited to see their Penguins on Parade! Penguins are a very special part of the Calgary Zoo and would be perfect for the first graders.
special page just for the penguins at the Calgary Zoo.....and a lot about the Penguins on Parade too.
Every day starting in January, when it is really cold, they zoo keepers take the penguins out for a walk and to parade around in front of the visitors. I would love to see that.
I learned they had School Programs at the zoo so I reached out to see if they did virtual visits too.
They hadn't done any Skype's but were excited about the idea. So we worked together over the next couple of weeks to bring the Calgary Zoo into Van Meter School in Iowa.
She was wonderful with the children and developed a nice program....
videos to explain things, such as how penguins have more than one eyelid;
and even told fun stories about her penguin friends.
"Zoo" on Twitter and look under "Accounts".
Just look at all of the zoos that popped up on Twitter. These zoos all have their very own Twitter account and they are waiting to connect with us here too.
All of this leads teacher librarians, educators and students to zoos around the world who are waiting to share, teach and connect with us through social media, email and of course....in person at their zoo.
And what better way to learn than with an expert with the things they are learning about. This is just one example of how you can enrich and extend a project with many resources that engage and excite your students....just like the ones in Van Meter today.