GRANBY – In celebration of Granby Elementary School first graders completing an academic unit on animals and habitats, they went on a virtual field trip to the Lee Richardson Zoo in Kansas.
The youngsters were excited to see each animal, as a zoo employee explained all about their adaptations (what they have or do to survive) and the food, water, shelter and space needed for their survival.
Teacher Tom Briggs said the videoconference opportunity, offered through the Distance Learning program at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation, served as the perfect opportunity for the children to expand on their learning and use knowledge gained to ask and answer questions.
That is exactly what student Alexa DeForest did when she told the zoo employee that lakes, ponds, rivers and oceans are all sources of water in which animals can drink from.
The entire first grade team of teachers was even impressed with her answer and attentiveness.
Students from all classes played a game with the zoo employee called Habitat or Not, where they learned that rain forests, lakes, caves and wooden logs, among other areas, were all habitats to various creatures.
Some student reactions of “Gross,” “That’s scary” and “Woah; that’s so cool” were said as they were virtually introduced to a desert tortoise, Madagascar hissing cockroach, snake and chinchilla.
One of the most important lessons students took away from the videoconference was to leave animals where they find them because they should not be taken out of their habitat.
Teacher Heather White said all Granby first graders will pick out an animal of their choice, complete research and create a project to share with the class and create a diorama of their animal’s habitat.