"Get a Head Start With the Smithsonian" programs are 30-minute virtual introductions to the animals of the National Zoo, hosted by National Zoo educators and "Pinky the Jackalope."
Programs are divided into three roughly 8-minute segments that include live observation of animal "guests," combined with play-based exploration of related comments, and some pre-recorded footage of animals to highlight specific concepts. Each of these segments are bookended by original songs presented by "Nick the Music Man" of Play Motion Music that get kids moving their bodies.
Programs take place on Zoom in meeting format. Individual participants’ audio will be disabled, but video feeds may be turned on, if you choose. Children and teachers can submit comments and questions to the hosts during the program using the chat features.
During this program, hosts will support children as they:
- observe and describe the featured animal guests
- draw comparisons between the physical features of two mammals
- draw comparisons between their own life and experience and that of the animal guest
- practice scientific talk, ask questions, and seek new information
- discover new ways that they can connect and identify with animals and the natural world
- develop empathy for animals
- begin to self-identify as scientists / participants in scientific discovery
Supports Head Start ELOF Goals P-ATL-11; P-SCI-1; P-SCI-2; P-SCI-3; P-SE-6; P-SE-7