Guided sessions for classes 7–8

Adapting to habitats

Adapting to the Arctic Circle as a habitat compared to the desert

Mammals are able to adapt their physical structure and behaviour in many ways to endure extreme habitats such as the desert of the arctic regions. We look at the conditions of the very diverse habitats and clarify issues such as, among others: Which animals live there? Which physical characteristics do animals have that exhibit signs of adaptation? We also discuss ecological principles related to this.

Subject area 1

  • Exploiting natural phenomena
  • Exploring and documenting the adaptedness of an animal to its habitat

Subject area 2

  • Sun – weather – seasons
  • Adaptedness of an animal to its habitat: Animals of a climate zone

Rainforests, savannahs & deserts of Africa

Africa has many very diverse habitats We explore the connection between the individual habitats and their geographic location using a map. We then look at African wildlife and the different adaptations and strategies involved. Which typical adaptation features are there and how can we recognise the habitat of an animal at a glance?

Subject area 1

  • Exploiting natural phenomena
  • Exploring and documenting the adaptedness of an animal to its habitat

Subject area 2

  • Sun – weather – seasons
  • Adaptedness of an animal to its habitat: Animals of a climate zone

Behaviour

Personal grooming among primates

What is behavioural science, what has it achieved, and how is the research conducted? Using special observation sheets, school pupils examine the social behaviour of primates and learn the basics of behavioural science. They observe a group of primates in an effort to understand why these animals groom one other. All results are jointly evaluated at the end.

Subject area:

  • Animal behaviour

Sensory capabilities and sensory perceptions

Communication in the animal kingdom

Animals can't speak, but they can still communicate. This guided session explains what communication is, which forms it takes and which species prefer which channels. Here we consider the advantages and disadvantages of individual communication channels and also pay attention to the content. We also illustrate the significance of the highly sophisticated sensory organs in part and their biological benefits.

Subject area:

  • Animal behaviour

The extraordinary capabilities of animals

Whether 'eyes like an eagle' or 'sniffer nose of a dog', some animals are known for their extremely good sensory perceptions and being true specialists in the animal kingdom. The focus of this guided session is observing the exceptional sensory capabilities of animals. We therefore deal with the following issues, among others: Which animal species and groups are capable of record-breaking achievements and how do they manage that exactly? We additionally look at the physiological records, such as the heart volume of a giraffe.

Subject area:

  • Body – health – development
  • Examination and description of the perception capabilities of the sensory organs
  • Sensory capabilities

Hunter and hunted – hunting and survival strategies in the animal kingdom

Whether 'eyes like an eagle' or 'sniffer nose of a dog', some animals are known for their extremely good sensory perceptions and being true specialists in the animal kingdom. The focus of this guided session is observing the exceptional sensory capabilities of animals. We therefore deal with the following issues, among others: Which animal species and groups are capable of record-breaking achievements and how do the manage that exactly? We additionally look at the physiological records , such as the heart volume of a giraffe.

Subject area:

  • Body – health – development

Biodiversity, species extinction and species conservation

Our planet is blessed with enormous biodiversity and special habitats. What impact do humans have on this diversity and why is the extinction of species so rapid in modern times? We explain those breeding programmes of the zoo, which are intended to play a role in combating animal extinction. In situ species conservation programmes are also introduced in the process, and we discuss these together with the pupils.

On the go with the research team

Learn at the stations

A visit to the Predator House (carnivores) or the Monkey House (primates) will see us focus our attention on the issues of biodiversity, distribution, intelligence, training, etc. The pupils can expand their knowledge of species on this excursion through independent elaboration modeled on the method of station learning. Short presentations given by the pupils can be integrated into the independent study phase as desired.

Subject area:

  • World of the mighty – world of the minnows

Booking

How

  • Appointment by telephone and further information from Zoo Berlin Tel. 030 25 40 1 400
  • You are also welcome to write us an email: zooschule@noSpamzoo-berlin.de
  • No booking without prior arrangement possible
  • Please leave your phone number so we can call you back

Telephone times:

Monday10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tuesday12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Wednesday10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Thursday12 p.m.–4 p.m.

What do you have to specify?

School, school type and specificities of the class, school year, class size, point of contact, a telephone number or your email address as well as your desired topic, if available. Make sure to let us know when booking, whether your guided session should be treated as part of a field day, or as a supplement to a lesson. Please prepare the pupils accordingly beforehand so that the visit to the Zoo is a great success. It is them that make a major contribution to the success of the event, even during the guided sessions.

Costs

Schools in Berlin: Entry into the Zoo EUR 4.50 per pupil

External schools (not based in Berlin): Entry into the Zoo EUR 7.00 per pupil

One accompanying adult gets free entry for up to 15 pupils, two adults enjoy this privilege from 16 pupils. Please bring along an authorisation from the school with you.

Tours cost 40€ and take about 75 to 90 minutes, depending on the children’s attention span.

Behavioral observation-tours cost 60€ and take about 180 minutes, depending on the children’s attention span