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

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

By State Standard

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

By Subject

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

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