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What is an Animal?

from Saint Louis Zoo

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How do you know if something is alive or not? If it is alive, how do you know if it’s a plant or an animal? Take part in activities to understand the characteristics of living things. Meet live animals to help identify these traits.

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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.

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3Public Library: Library Patrons

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Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

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

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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 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. 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. Box Turtle presentation
8. Plant vs. animal charades game.
9. Bird presentation
10. Lizard presentation
11. 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

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

Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understanding 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
Diversity and adaptations of organisms

State Standards

III-1D(kg)a, 1D(1st)a,b,c,d, 1E(1st)a
VII-1A(kg)b, 1A(1st)b, 1A(2nd)b, 1A(3rd)b, 1A(4th)c, 1A(5th)c, 1C(kg)a, b, 1C(1st)a,b,c, 1C(2nd)a,b,c, 1C(3rd)a,b,c,d, 1C(4th)a,b,c,d, 1C(5th)a,b,c,d