Early math learning is fun and easy with our special animal guests! Watch the recorded program to explore patterns and colors with Lita the cheetah and Rainbow the chameleon. Then play with shapes and colors with activities from the National Air and Space Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and more!

Content Unit:

Early Math Concepts

Standards:

ELOF P-SCI-1; P-SCI-2; P-SCI-3

Classroom Activities

Flamingo Color Mixing

This playful experiment brings color mixing to life as children learn how flamingos get their pink feathers!

Inside a Diamond

Explore shapes with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Learn how to look at an artwork with young children, then create a mosaic using cut-out shapes.

Rocket Shapes

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a rectangle and a triangle! The National Air and Space Museum shows us how to find all our favorite shapes within a rocket! Then create your own colorful rocket out of cut-paper shapes.

Pre-Math Music Playlist

Put on your dancing shoes! It's time to explore pre-math concepts like shapes, colors, and patterns with Nick the Music Man. Nick and our friends at the National Head Start Association put together a playlist of songs inspired by Pre-Math with Cheetahs! 

Explore More Programs

March 6, 2024 at 10 am ET

Explore the Rainforest

Fly, leap and swim along on an adventure through the Amazon Rainforest to explore the sights and sounds of plants and animals living in this unique ecosystem.

Grades:

K-5

Standards:

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

Topics:

Amazon, rainforest, biodiversity, rainforest layers, animals

Cost:

Free

March 21, 2024 at 2 pm ET

Do Sea Lions Wear Sunglasses?

How do animals stay comfortable in different weather and habitats?

Content Unit:

Weather and Space

Standards:

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

Cost:

Free

Languages:

English, Spanish (simulcast)

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