For more general information, you may want to check out the John Ball Zoo website. You will find a variety of topics, including more details on membership, summer camps for children, and enrichment gifts for the animals.
You can check out the School News Network article about our 2017 Zoo Lab experience.
Forest Hills Public School District \ District News \ Ada Vista Students go to ZooLab
May 15, 2014 Posted by WEBMASTER in DISTRICT NEWS
Ada Vista Students go to ZooLabThe fourth graders at Ada Vista spent a week at John Ball Zoo this spring and attended ZooLab. The kids are assigned to an animal which they observe for an hour each day, and write and draw about its adaptations, habitat, habits, predators and prey, and characteristics. Beyond the specific animal, they have the pleasure of several exclusive zoo experiences, including a touch tank behind the penguin exhibit, making enrichment gifts for some animals, and a tour of the hospital that cares for sick animals. Since Ada Vista is the Spanish Immersion School, much of the days’ activities are conducted in Spanish, including the journals that each student is keeping about observation and events. They also incorporated the use of technology, by having the kids use iPads to take videos of the animals, and themselves working on projects, and reflecting upon the experience.
This year, all fourth graders at Ada Vista will again have the opportunity to attend ZooLab! This is our tentative schedule:
March 12-16, 2018- Sra. Edison & Sra. Zuñiga's classes attend ZooLab
March 5-9, 2018- Srta. Zainea & Sra. Surdenik's classes attend ZooLab
ZooLab is not considered a field trip, but rather an out-of-classroom experience. Your child will be deeply involved in reading, writing, math, science, geography, and cultural studies while at John Ball Zoo. Their full attendance and participation is necessary, so a good night's sleep every night is very important this week. They are going to be exhausted, but so thrilled, each and every day!
Parent volunteers are essential to make this experience a success! As the ZooLab approaches, we will have parent meetings to explain responsibilities and schedules, and to answer questions.
In order to maintain the integrity of the journal writing time, we do ask that parents do not sign up to chaperone their own child's group. They will, however, be able to share in the other activities with their child's group (such as keeper talks, feedings, and tours).