What is an Animal?

by  Saint Louis Zoo

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How do you know if something is alive or not? Or if it's a plant or an animal? Let’s break it down together as we discover the characteristics of living things through song, games, videos, and checking in with our live animals at the Zoo!

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About This Program


By Request: $225.00

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) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

A minimum 2 weeks' notice is required to book any Virtual Program with the Saint Louis Zoo

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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 call the Outreach Coordinator at 314-646-4754 as soon as possible if you need to cancel. Another school 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's 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. 

All programs are interactive
and may utilize any of the following: live video from our Zoo habitats, webcams, pre-recorded video footage, biofacts,
and other means to create a memorable learning experience.

Amber Brown
3147810900 x4677

Program Details


1. Introduction. Ask volunteer to explain what an animal is.
2. Discussion of how you know if something's alive.
3. Powerpoint to sort living and nonliving things.
4. Powerpoint to sort plants and animals.
5. Sea Urchin video segment.
6. Powerpoint about animal movement.
7. Conclusion


At the end of the program, participants should be able to:
-Explain the difference between plants and animals.
-Identify living organisms and explain how they know if something is alive.
-Name 3 characteristics of animals.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NGSS: K-LS1-1., 2-LS4-1.

State Standards


MO ELGS: IV-A.1(PK)b, IV-C.1(PK)a-c, IV-c.2(PK)a-c, IV-D.3(PK)a, VI-B.1(PK)a-b, VI-B.2(PK)a-c, VI-B.3(PK)b, VII-B.2(PK)a, VIII-A.2(PK)b-d