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Incredible Invertebrates (Primary)

A group of bees in a hive crawling on honeycomb

Incredible Invertebrates is the final series in the 2019-2020 Zoo home-school curriculum exploring Terrific Taxonomy. This year, our home-school students will explore the biological classification system that groups and categorizes all living things.

Each five-week series focuses on a different class of animals, digging deep into the features and elements which define it and exploring a different group within that class each week. Students will develop a rich picture of the variety of animals within the animal kingdom and how zoologists and conservation scientists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo use biological taxonomy to care for and help save species. Students may sign up for individual series or for all five series.

Incredible Invertebrates: More than 90% of the Earth’s animals are classified as Invertebrates; they do not have bones. So how do they survive, and what makes them so numerous? We’ll discover the incredible diversity of animals that belong in the no-bone zone, do some hands-on ecology studies of our own local inverts, and learn how the tiniest creatures help scientists make huge discoveries about the health of our planet.

The primary section of Incredible Invertebrates is appropriate for ages 5-8 and is a drop-off program. Children do not need to be independent readers and writers to enjoy class activities. 

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Age range: 5 - 8