How do Gray seals, California sea lions, and other animals stay comfortable in different weather and habitats? Join the National Zoo to learn about seals and sea lions with special resources from the National Air and Space Museum!

Content Unit:

Weather and Space

Standards:

Supports Head Start ELOF Goals P-SCI-1; P-SCI-2; P-SCI-3

Classroom Resources: Weather and Space Unit

Nature Stamp Painting

Look outside your window and get inspired by the colors and patterns of nature! Use this lesson by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to explore seasonal changes, such as flowers blooming in springtime or autumn leaves falling.

Resource Description:

  • Type: Interactive Lesson and Art Activity
  • Time: 30+ Minutes
  • Best for Ages: 3+

Music Playlist

Put on your dancing shoes!  Find all the songs you loved from the program, plus more songs from Nick the Music Man about weather and space inspired by Do Sea Lions Wear Sunglasses.

Explore Weather with Astronaut Suits and Seals

Launch into space fully protected and ready to explore your new surroundings with a custom-made astronaut helmet from the National Air and Space Museum and the National Zoo!

Resource Description:

  • Type: Interactive Lesson and Activities
  • Time: 30+ Minutes
  • Best for Ages: 3+

Explore the Sun

Discover the sun and what sunny weather looks like and feels like! This resource is created and provided by the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center.

Resource Description:

  • Type: Activity Suggestions
  • Time: 10+ Minutes
  • Best for Ages: 2+

Explore Rain and Clouds

Discover what rain and clouds look like and feel like! How do these two things go together? This resource is created and provided by the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center.

Resource Description:

  • Type: Activity Suggestions
  • Time: 10+ Minutes
  • Best for Ages: 2+

Make Your Own Seal Mask

Pretend to be a seal swimming in the water by making and wearing your own seal mask brought to you by the National Zoo!

Resource Description:

  • Type: Arts and Crafts
  • Project Time: 15+ Minutes
  • Adult Supervision: Required
  • Best for Ages: 4+

Make Your Own Astronaut Helmet

Launch into space fully protected and ready to explore your new surroundings with a custom-made astronaut helmet brought to you by the National Air and Space Museum!

Resource Description:

  • Type: Arts and Crafts
  • Project Time: 15+ Minutes
  • Adult Supervision: Required
  • Best for Ages: 4+

Letter to Caregiver

Learn about what your Head Start cuties experienced at the NHSA and Zoo in the Classroom program!

Carta para el tutor

¡Descubra lo que sus estudiantes de Head Start aprendieron en el programa NHSA y Zoo in the Classroom!

Explore More Programs

April 24, 2024 at 2 pm ET

Saving Endangered Species

What does it mean when an animal is endangered and what can we do to help? Meet one of the National Zoo’s most endangered species and learn how staff care for these special animals.

Grades:

K-5

Standards:

Supports NGSS K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 5-ESS3-1

Topics:

endangered species, conservation

Cost:

Free

May 8, 2024 at 2 pm ET

Discovering Amphibians

Join us as we celebrate Amphibian Week. Learn about amphibians, get an up-close look of some of them and chat with an amphibian expert.

Grades:

K-5

Standards:

Supports NGSS K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1

Topics:

amphibians, adaptations, habitats, life cycles

Cost:

Free

May 16, 2024 at 2 pm ET

Birthday Party at the Zoo!

Happy birthday, healthy bodies! How do animals keep their bodies healthy? 

Content Unit:

Our Bodies and the Five Senses

Standards:

Supports Head Start ELOF Goals P-SCI-1; P-SCI-2; P-SCI-3

Cost:

Free

Languages:

English, Spanish (simulcast)

May 22, 2024 at 12 pm ET

Exploring Neighborhood Birds

Birds are everywhere! Learn about some of our neighborhood birds and the techniques used to study them from a migratory bird scientist.

Grades:

2-6

Standards:

Supports NGSS 2-PS1-2, 2-LS2-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1

Topics:

birds, migration, observation, tracking, bird banding

Cost:

Free