Zoos, Aquariums, and Expanding Students’ Data Literacy

Mokros, Jan, and Tracey Wright. 2009. “Zoos, Aquariums, and Expanding Students’ Data Literacy.” Teaching Children Mathematics 15 (9): 524–30.

The authors share suggestions for integrating mathematics and science into a fieldtrip to a zoo or aquarium: studying the animals ahead of time, visiting the location ahead of time to choose a specific area, simulate or demonstrate animal behaviors and scientist behaviors. They also offer tips for how to run the fieldtrip and what to do after the fieldtrip. The lessons and activities can be supported with a school librarian. For instance, a school librarian could introduce various graphical organizers that students can use during their fieldtrip to help them record their observations. Or, the students could do research about the animals they see on their fieldtrip.

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