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Penguin and Puffin Coast Virtual Tour, 3rd-5th Grade

from Saint Louis Zoo

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Meet our adorable penguins and puffins and learn about the cold areas in the northern and southern hemispheres of the globe. Participate in activities to learn about how these animals survive in their cold climates.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $160.00
By Request: $160.00

Please schedule carefully! Program transfers may be requested based on our ability to reschedule you. Transfers are determined by space availability. A $5 transfer fee will be charged per program for the first transfer date. A $10 transfer fee will be charged for additional transfers. Transfer fees must be paid with credit card at the time requested. We cannot accommodate same day or next day transfers.

Full payment is due before the program. To receive an invoice and pay by check, 8 week's booking notice is required. If a program is booked with less than 8 week's notice, but at least 4 week's notice, full credit card payment is required when booking the program. We are unable to schedule programs with less than 4 week's notice.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5Public Library: Library Patrons

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify the Education Department at (314) 646-4544 or the Outreach Coordinator at (314) 781-0900, x4754 immediately if you need to cancel. Another group may be able to take your place.

About This Provider

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Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis, MO
United States

The Saint Louis Zoo was voted #1 Zoo in America by a Zagat's and Parents' Magazine survey. Our mission is to conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public. 

Our videoconferencing classes will introduce you and your students to a variety of animals and topics including: habitats, ecology, and adaptations. Older students will also learn about our conservation programs going on here at the Zoo and around the world. 

Live animals from our Emerson Children's Zoo will visit our studio during the programs. At this time, we do not have the ability to broadcast remotely from Zoo exhibits.

Amber Brown
3147810900 x4677

Program Details


1. Look at globe to learn about where penguins and puffins live.
2. Show picture of the exhibit and talk about the seasons, the globe and light.
3. Review bird adaptations using a powerpoint presentation, biofacts and a live bird (not a penguin or puffin).
4. Watch KMOV Channel 4 "At the Zoo" segment on puffins.
5. Watch penguin nesting segment.
6. Kids take off a shoe and try to walk around with it on their feet.
7. Review vocabulary: producers, consumers, herbivores, etc.
8. Watch zookeeper segment.
9. Live animal presentation (carnivore-usually a snake).
10. Review


At the end of a program participants should be able to:
-Make a prediction, test it and explain the results
-Compare the wings and feet of different kinds of bird to explain how their shape helps the birds survive where they live.
-Classify penguins and puffins as birds and tell why they fit into this class of vertebrates
-Name one other behavioral or physical adaptation that penguins and puffins have that help them survive in their habitats.
-Explain whether penguins and puffins are producers or consumers, predators or prey, in their ecosystems
-Define herbivore, carnivore and omnivore and categorize the penguins and puffins into these categories
-Predict what would happen to the behavior of the penguins if we didn?t provide them with a simulated natural lighting situation in their exhibit

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.K-4.1 and NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
As a result of activities in grades K-8, all students should develop

Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

NS.K-4.3 Life Science
As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of

The characteristics of organisms
Life cycles of organisms
Organisms and environments

NS.5-8.3 Life Science
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of

Structure and function in living systems
Reproduction and heredity
Regulation and behavior
Populations and ecosystems
Diversity and adaptations of organisms

State Standards

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III 1D (5th)a, 1E (5th)c,d, IV-1A, (4th)a,b, 2A (3rd)a,b, (4th)a,b,c, 3C (4th)a-d, VII-1A (Kg-3rd)a,b, (4th-8th)a,b,c, 1D (3rd-8th)a,b,