Lesson Plans


Use these Lesson Plans before, during, or after your zoo field trip, or to supplement your classroom activities. Questions? Contact the Zoo Education Department at 260-427-6808 or by e-mail.

Thanks to students at Ball State University for their help developing these materials.

By Grade Level 

By State Standard

 By Subject

Pre-K
Animal Name Tags
Animal Puppet
Butterfly Maze
Colobus Monkey

Kindergarten
Animal Art
Animal Authorities
Animal Count
Animal Parenting Skills
Are You Me
Butterfly Maze
Changing and Growing
Colobus Monkey
Crayon Rub
Create a Farm
Farming Charades
Froggy Fun
Let’s Make Butter
Let’s Make Ice Cream
Life on the Farm
Mystery Animal
Rainbow Forest
Using Smell to Find Your Family
Zoo Scavenger Hunt

First Grade
Animal Art
Animal Classification
Animal Count
At the Zoo I Saw
Be a Zoo Detective
Big Cat Bingo
Butterfly Life Cycle
Butterfly Maze
Camouflaged Critters
Can You Find
Colobus Monkey
Crayon Rub
Crazy Creatures
Create a Farm
Dinosaurs
Farming Charades
Feed a Giraffe
Food Match
Froggy Fun
How Animals Move
Investigative Reporter
It’s a Rat..It’s a Pig..It’s a Bandicoot
Journey to the Jungle
Kangaroo Kilometer Contest
Let’s Make Butter
Let’s Make Ice Cream
Life on the Farm
On the Move
Rainbow Forest
Story Cube
World’s Oceans

Second Grade
A Grass Plant
Animal Art
Animal Cinquain
Are Dinosaurs Really Extinct
Barnyard Scavenger Hunt
Be a Zoo Detective
Big Cat Bingo
Butterfly Life Cycle
Can You Find
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Dinosaurs
Farming Charades
Feed a Giraffe
Guess the Animal
Hopping Mad
How Animals Move
I Used To Think
Identify a Grass Plant
Insect Window Stickers
Invent a Reptile
Journey to the Jungle
Kangaroos
Let’s Make Butter
Life on the Farm
On the Move
Rainbow Forest
Reptile Observation
Reptile Riddle Activity
Reptile Scavenger Hunt
Reticulated Giraffe
The Kangaroo Hop
The Koala
The Walkabout
Tracking Australian Animals
What Is A Reptile
Writing About Reptiles

Third Grade
A Grass Plant
Animal Cinquain
Animal Observation
Are Dinosaurs Really Extinct
Big Cat Bingo
Bluebird Habitat Game
Can You Find
Cartoon Creatures
Circles of Doubt
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Dinosaurs
Economics and the Environment
Endangered Today Extinct Tomorrow
Feed a Giraffe
Fish Tricks
Gibbons Gymnasts of the Forest
Grass Grass Everywhere
Grass Safari
Great Barrier Reef
Guess the Animal
Hopping Mad
How Animals Move
Identify a Grass Plant
Insect Window Stickers
Journey to the Jungle
Kangaroos
Koala Crossword
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Ocean Stories
Orangutans Take Aim
Penguin Pride
Rain Forest Products
Rainbow Forest
Reticulated Giraffe
Take a Closer Look
The Kangaroo Hop
The Walkabout
Tracking Australian Animals
What Do You Think
Who Is in Great Danger

Fourth Grade
A Grass Plant
A Tricky Track
African Destination
African Monkey Business
African Savannah Animal Research
Alike and Different
Animal Cinquain
Animal Observation
Animals Without Backbones
Birds of a Feather
Birds of the Indonesian Rain Forest
Be a Kangaroo Watcher
Camouflage Birds and Worms
Cartoon Creatures
Circles of Doubt
Create A Bird
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Design a Plant
Economics and the Environment
Endangered Today Extinct Tomorrow
Feed a Giraffe
Fish Tricks
Gibbons Gymnasts of the Forest
Grass Safari
Great Barrier Reef
Guess the Animal
Hopping Mad
Identify a Grass Plant
Insect Window Stickers
Is it a Bird
Kanga Parts
Kangaroos
Koala Crossword
Koalas
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Observing Australian Animals
Ocean Animal Research
Ocean Food Chain
Ocean Stories
Orangutans Take Aim
Pass Me By, Please
Penguin Pride
Photo of a Komodo
Platypus Crossword
Predators and Prey on the Savannah
Primate Study Sheet
Primates of the Tropical Rain Forest
Quick Frozen Critters
Rain Forest Products
Reticulated Giraffe
Savannah Safari
Savannahs of the World
Sea Lion Surfing the Web
Summing up the African Veldt
Summing up the African Journey
Take a Closer Look
The Coyote and the Skunk
The Kangaroo Hop
The Walkabout
The Zoo Restaurant
Those Pearly Whites
Tropical Rain Forest Animal Research
Vertebrate Grab Game
What Do You Think
What is Diversity
Which Fin is Used to Swim
Who Eats What
Who Is in Great Danger
Whose Footprints
Yipes, Zebra Stripes

Fifth Grade
African Destination
African Monkey Business
African Savannah Animal Research
Alike and Different
Animal Observation
Cartoon Creatures
Circles of Doubt
Create a Mini Grassland
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Design a Plant
Economics and the Environment
Endangered Today Extinct Tomorrow
Extinction Is Forever
Feed a Giraffe
Fish for Dinner
Gibbons Gymnasts of the Forest
Grass Safari
Kanga Parts
Koalas
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Observing Australian Animals
Ocean Animal Research
Ocean Food Chain
Ocean Stories
Orangutans Take Aim
Penguin Pride
Predators and Prey on the Savannah
Primate Study Sheet
Quick Frozen Critters
Rain Forest Products
Savannah Safari
Savannahs of the World
Summing up the African Journey
Take a Closer Look
Think About It
Tropical Rain Forest Animal Research
Vertebrate Grab Game
Web of Life Game
What Do You Think
What is Diversity
Who Is in Great Danger
Yipes, Zebra Stripes
Zoo Exhibit
Zoo Vocabulary

Sixth Grade
Africa Political Map
African Destination
African Monkey Business
African Savannah Animal Research
Alike and Different
Be a Giraffe Watcher
Create a Mini Grassland
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Design a Plant
Economics and the Environment
Extinction Is Forever
Feed a Giraffe
Fish for Dinner
Gibbons Gymnasts of the Forest
Grass Safari
Koalas
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Observing African Animals
Ocean Animal Research
Ocean Food Chain
Orangutans Take Aim
Predators and Prey on the Savannah
Primate Study Sheet
Quick Frozen Critters
Rain Forest Products
Savannah Safari
Savannahs of the World
Sharks Myth vs. Reality
Summing up the African Journey
Take a Closer Look
Think About It
Tropical Rain Forest Animal Research
Web of Life Game
What Do You Think
What is Diversity
Who Is in Great Danger
Whose Side Are you On
Zoo Exhibit
Zoo Math

Seventh Grade
Aboriginal Art
Africa Political Map
African Destination
African Savannah Animal Research
Airplane Ticket
Aussie Magic Triangle
Australia
Be a Giraffe Watcher
Create a Mini Grassland
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Extinction Is Forever
Feed a Giraffe
Fish for Dinner
Learning About Africa
Observing African Animals
Predators and Prey on the Savannah
Savannahs of the World
Sharks Myth vs. Reality
Speaking ‘Strine
Think About It
Tropical Rain Forest Animal Research
What Do You Think
Whose Side Are you On
Zoo Exhibit

Eighth Grade
Africa Political Map
African Destination
African Savannah Animal Research
Be a Giraffe Watcher
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Extinction Is Forever
Feed a Giraffe
Fish for Dinner
Observing African Animals
Predators and Prey on the Savannah
Savannahs of the World
Sharks Myth vs. Reality
Tropical Rain Forest Animal Research
What Do You Think
Whose Side Are you On

Ninth Grade and Above
Creature Feature
Mammal Jeopardy
Name That Animal

ALS
Mammal Jeopardy

EL, ELA
Animal Cinquain
Name That Animal

M, MA
Animal Count
Kangaroo Kilometer Contest
Zoo Math

SCI K.1
Farming Charades
Let’s Make Butter
Let’s Make Ice Cream

SCI K.1.1
Rainbow Forest

SCI K.3
Animal Authorities
Animal Parenting Skills
Are You Me
Changing and Growing
Farming Charades
Mystery Animal
Using Smell to Find Your Family
Zoo Scavenger Hunt

SCI K.3.2
Rainbow Forest

SCI K.3.3
Butterfly Maze

SCI 1.3.1
Animal Classification
At the Zoo I Saw
Be a Zoo Detective
Big Cat Bingo
Butterfly Life Cycle
Butterfly Maze
Camouflaged Critters
Can You Find
Crazy Creatures
Feed a Giraffe
How Animals Move
Investigative Reporter
It’s a Rat..It’s a Pig..It’s a Bandicoot
Journey to the Jungle
On the Move

SCI 1.3.2
Life on the Farm

SCI 1.3.3
Butterfly Life Cycle
Crazy Creatures
Farming Charades
Feed a Giraffe
Food Match
Life on the Farm

SCI 1.3.4
Create a Farm
Feed a Giraffe
Food Match
Journey to the Jungle

SCI 1.4.1
Let’s Make Butter
Let’s Make Ice Cream

SCI 2.3.1
Butterfly Life Cycle
Feed a Giraffe
Hopping Mad
Reptile Observation
Reptile Scavenger Hunt
The Kangaroo Hop

SCI 2.3.2
Animal Art
Be a Zoo Detective
Big Cat Bingo
Dinosaurs
Invent a Reptile
On the Move
Reptile Observation
Reptile Riddle Activity
Reptile Scavenger Hunt
The Koala
The Walkabout
What Is A Reptile
Writing About Reptiles

SCI 2.4.2
Farming Charades
Life on the Farm

SCI 3.2.4
Are Dinosaurs Really Extinct
Dinosaurs

SCI 3.2.5
Bluebird Habitat Game
Economics and the Environment
Grass Grass Everywhere

SCI 3.2.6
Economics and the Environment
Grass Grass Everywhere

SCI 3.3.1
A Grass Plant
Grass Grass Everywhere
Grass Safari
Identify a Grass Plant

SCI 3.3.2
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Layers of Life Animal Chart

SCI 4.2.4
Rain Forest Products

SCI 4.2.5
Economics and the Environment
Rain Forest Products

SCI 4.2.6
Economics and the Environment
Rain Forest Products
What Do You Think

SCI 4.3.1
Be a Kangaroo Watcher
Fish Tricks
Kanga Parts
Kangaroos
Observing Australian Animals

SCI 4.3.2
Animal Observation
Are Dinosaurs Really Extinct
Birds of a Feather
Is it a Bird
Koala Crossword
Platypus Crossword
Summing up the African Journey
The Zoo Restaurant
Those Pearly Whites
Who Eats What

SCI 4.3.3
A Tricky Track
African Savannah Animal Research
Animal Observation
Animals Without Backbones
Be a Kangaroo Watcher
Birds of a Feather
Birds of the Indonesian Rain Forest
Camouflage Birds and Worms
Create A Bird
Design a Plant
Endangered Today Extinct Tomorrow
Feed a Giraffe
Gibbons Gymnasts of the Forest
Grass Safari
Great Barrier Reef
Guess the Animal
Hopping Mad
Insect Window Stickers
Is it a Bird
Kanga Parts
Kangaroos
Koalas
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Observing Australian Animals
Ocean Animal Research
Ocean Food Chain
Ocean Stories
Orangutans Take Aim
Penguin Pride
Photo of a Komodo
Primate Study Sheet
Primates of the Tropical Rain Forest
Quick Frozen Critters
Reticulated Giraffe
Savannah Safari
Sea Lion Surfing the Web
Summing up the African Veldt
Summing up the African Journey
Take a Closer Look
The Coyote and the Skunk
The Kangaroo Hop
The Zoo Restaurant
Those Pearly Whites
Tropical Rain Forest Animal Research
Which Fin is Used to Swim
Who Eats What
Whose Footprints

SCI 4.3.4
Birds of a Feather
Camouflage Birds and Worms
Circles of Doubt
Create A Bird
Design a Plant
Grass Safari
Koalas
Pass Me By, Please
Reticulated Giraffe
Summing up the African Veldt
The Coyote and the Skunk
What Do You Think
Who Eats What
Who Is in Great Danger
Whose Footprints

SCI 5.3.1
African Savannah Animal Research
Alike and Different
Design a Plant
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Ocean Animal Research
Ocean Food Chain
Ocean Stories
Quick Frozen Critters
Web of Life Game
Yipes, Zebra Stripes
Zoo Exhibit

SCI 5.3.2
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Design a Plant

SCI 6.3.1
Alike and Different
Create a Mini Grassland
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Ocean Animal Research
Ocean Food Chain
Ocean Stories
Orangutans Take Aim
Quick Frozen Critters
Sharks Myth vs. Reality
Think About It
Web of Life Game

SCI 6.3.2
Grass Safari
Ocean Animal Research
Think About It
Web of Life Game
Zoo Exhibit

SCI 6.3.3
Create a Mini Grassland
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Design a Plant
Gibbons Gymnasts of the Forest
Grass Safari
Koalas
Quick Frozen Critters
Think About It
Web of Life Game
What is Diversity
Zoo Exhibit

SCI 6.3.4
Create a Mini Grassland
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Design a Plant

SCI 6.3.5
African Savannah Animal Research
Feed a Giraffe
Gibbons Gymnasts of the Forest
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Ocean Animal Research
Ocean Food Chain
Ocean Stories
Orangutans Take Aim
Predators and Prey on the Savannah
Savannah Safari
Tropical Rain Forest Animal Research
Zoo Exhibit

SCI 7.2.6
Create a Mini Grassland

SCI 7.3.6
Savannahs of the World

SCI 7.3.8
Savannahs of the World

SCI 7.3.10
Savannahs of the World

SCI B.8.2
Creature Feature

SS
Aboriginal Art
Africa Political Map
African Destination
Airplane Ticket
Aussie Magic Triangle
Australia
Extinction Is Forever
Fish for Dinner
Learning About Africa
Speaking ‘Strine
Think About It
Whose Side Are you On
World’s Oceans

VA
Crayon Rub
Froggy Fun

Africa
A Grass Plant
Africa Political Map
African Destination
African Monkey Business
African Savannah Animal Research
Be a Giraffe Watcher
Colobus Monkey
Create a Mini Grassland
Feed a Giraffe
Grass Grass Everywhere
Grass Safari
Identify a Grass Plant
Learning About Africa
Observing African Animals
Predators and Prey on the Savannah
Quick Frozen Critters
Reticulated Giraffe
Savannah Safari
Savannahs of the World
Summing up the African Veldt
Summing up the African Journey
Think About It
Web of Life Game
Whose Footprints
Yipes, Zebra Stripes

Aquatic
Alike and Different
Aquarium Scramble
Can You Find
Cartoon Creatures
Fish for Dinner
Ocean Animal Research
Ocean Food Chain
Ocean Stories
Sea Lion Surfing the Web
Sharks Myth vs. Reality
Which Fin is Used to Swim
World’s Oceans

Australia
A Tricky Track
Aboriginal Art
Airplane Ticket
Aussie Magic Triangle
Australia
Be a Kangaroo Watcher
Fish Tricks
Great Barrier Reef
Hopping Mad
It’s a Rat..It’s a Pig..It’s a Bandicoot
Kanga Parts
Kangaroo Kilometer Contest
Kangaroos
Koala Crossword
Koalas
Observing Australian Animals
Platypus Crossword
Speaking ‘Strine
The Kangaroo Hop
The Koala
The Walkabout

Birds
Birds of a Feather
Birds of the Indonesian Rain Forest
Camouflage Birds and Worms
Is it a Bird

Classification/Identification
Animal Cinquain
Animal Classification
Animal Observation
Animals Without Backbones
Are Dinosaurs Really Extinct
Are You Me
At the Zoo I Saw
Be a Zoo Detective
Bluebird Habitat Game
Camouflaged Critters
Can You Find
Changing and Growing
Circles of Doubt
Crazy Creatures
Creature Feature
Guess the Animal
Investigative Reporter
Is it a Bird
Journey to the Jungle
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Mammal Jeopardy
Mystery Animal
Name That Animal
On the Move
Pass Me By, Please
Penguin Pride
Primate Study Sheet
Primates of the Tropical Rain Forest
Reptile Riddle Activity
Take a Closer Look
The Zoo Restaurant
Those Pearly Whites
Using Smell to Find Your Family
Vertebrate Grab Game
What Is A Reptile
Which Animals Are Endangered
Who Eats What
Who Is in Great Danger
Zoo Vocabulary

Endangered Species
Economics and the Environment
Endangered Animal Word Find
Endangered Today Extinct Tomorrow
Extinction Is Forever
Gibbons Gymnasts of the Forest
Orangutans Take Aim
Penguin Pride
Take a Closer Look
What Do You Think

Farm/Native Animals
Animal Art
Barnyard Scavenger Hunt
Bluebird Habitat Game
Bluebird Nest Box
Butterfly Life Cycle
Create a Farm
Farming Charades
Food Match
Froggy Fun
Let’s Make Butter
Let’s Make Ice Cream
Life on the Farm
The Coyote and the Skunk

General Zoo/At the Zoo
Animal Authorities
Animal Name Tags
Animal Observation
Animal Parenting Skills
At the Zoo I Saw
Barnyard Scavenger Hunt
Be a Zoo Detective
Big Cat Bingo
Birds of a Feather
Birds of the Indonesian Rain Forest
Can You Find
Circles of Doubt
Crazy Creatures
Feed a Giraffe
How Animals Move
Journey to the Jungle
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Photo of a Komodo
Primates of the Tropical Rain Forest
Rainbow Forest
Reptile Observation
Reptile Scavenger Hunt
Sea Lion Surfing the Web
Story Cube
Summing up the African Veldt
Summing up the African Journey
Take a Closer Look
Which Fin is Used to Swim
Who Eats What
Zoo Animal Word Search
Zoo Exhibit
Zoo Math
Zoo Vocabulary

Not Involving Animals
A Grass Plant
Aboriginal Art
Africa Political Map
African Destination
Airplane Ticket
Australia
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Design a Plant
Farming Charades
Grass Grass Everywhere
Identify a Grass Plant
Learning About Africa
Let’s Make Butter
Let’s Make Ice Cream
Life on the Farm
Rain Forest Products
Savannahs of the World
Speaking ‘Strine
What is Diversity
Whose Side Are you On
World’s Oceans

Rainforests
Birds of the Indonesian Rain Forest
Create A Bird
Create a Mini Rain Forest
Design a Plant
Gibbons Gymnasts of the Forest
How Animals Move
Insect Window Stickers
Journey to the Jungle 
Layers of Life Animal Chart
Orangutans Take Aim
Photo of a Komodo
Primates of the Tropical Rain Forest
Rain Forest Products
Rainbow Forest
Tropical Rain Forest Animal Research
What is Diversity
Whose Side Are you On

Reptiles
Dinosaurs
I Used To Think
Invent a Reptile
Photo of a Komodo
Reptile Observation
Reptile Riddle Activity
Reptile Scavenger Hunt
What Is A Reptile
Writing About Reptiles