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Using the giant panda as a guiding example, students will figure out how to classify three wild animals from domain down to genus and species (if possible).
Similar Trees, Different Continents
Students will learn to identify local tree species that are similar to those occurring in giant panda habitat in China and prepare a leaf sampler showing four different types of leaves.
Students will experience a broad array of viewpoints by collecting other people’s views on panda conservation issues.
Giant Panda's China Map Challenge
Students will research, plot on maps, and discuss Chinese cities, physical features, population, and biodiversity issues, with a special focus on the region in which giant pandas live.
Panda-monium: A Survival Game
Students will experience "firsthand" the hardships and fortunate times of the giant panda, with a particular emphasis on conservation-related issues.
China Travel Convention
By assuming the role of China travel promoters, students will learn about Chinese geography, geology, history, and culture–and take a regional look at an expansive, complex country.
Giant Panda Role Play and Debate
Through fact-based role play and rational, level-headed debate, students will weigh the challenges and pros and cons of giant panda conservation and land use in giant panda habitat.
Giant Panda Behavior Watch
Objective & Overview: While at the Giant Panda Exhibit, students will choose and observe one of the Zoo's giant pandas and later "quantify" their "data" using either a bar graph or pie chart.
Endangered Species Survey
By researching the names, ranges, classification, and reasons for decline of 20 endangered species from around the world, students will learn more not only about the animals but also geography, ecology, and taxonomy.
The Bear Facts
By researching basic natural history information about the world's bears, students will gain a better understanding of the unique giant panda and how it stands apart from its relatives.
Giant Panda Scrapbook
By perusing various media and assembling a scrapbook of press clippings, students will learn about giant pandas, zoo programs, and conservation.
Giant Panda Song
Through song, students will create lyrics relating to giant pandas and zoos.
Giant Panda P.R.
By developing a class public affairs campaign, students will increase their own awareness of conservation issues relating to giant pandas and other wildlife.
Giant Panda Heredity Exercise
Donning the imaginary coats of geneticists, students will try their hands at identifying bear DNA strands to determine the relatedness of species. While narrowly focused, this activity provides ample avenues for expanding discussions about genetics and zoo breeding.