Did You Know?
The Chinese name for the Red Panda is "hunho" or firefox.
Talking with wildlife experts, observing animal behaviors, and researching animals from all over the world are all parts of the BIG Zoo Lesson. Students and teachers use Potter Park Zoo as their classroom for a week-long, in-depth study of biological sciences. BIG Zoo Lesson brings the classroom into the community by using the most authentic setting available for the children's learning.
Initiated by 2000 Michigan Teacher of the Year Margaret Holtschlag, BIG Zoo Lesson is an interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to teaching and learning and an innovative tool for learning conservation and developing sensitivity to the natural world. Following the model of Jane Goodall, children are up close as the primary researchers with a first hand experience of the animal world.
As the future stewards of the natural world, children in the BIG Zoo Lesson are offered the opportunity to learn about animals, careers, and their roles in conserving the world’s natural treasures.
The week is a catalyst for a year-long thematic study but children will remember for a lifetime what they learn in this one week. Essential components of the BIG Zoo Lesson include:
For more information about the BIG Zoo Lesson, please contact: Margaret Holtschlag, Director of the BIG Zoo Lesson, 517-230-8268.
Visit the BIG Lesson website.