Zoo School Homeschool Programs

SKU: ZooSchool


Calling all home-schooled students!

The Racine Zoo is now offering Zoo School for home-schooled students grades K-5. Come to the Zoo for a unique opportunity to learn all about animals and have a ton of fun! Each session will include 8, four-hour long classes of exciting, hands-on learning that will cover Wisconsin Academic Standards for Science as well as meeting Next Generation Science Standards. Classes will include meeting live animals, snack time, participating in games, crafts and activities that reinforce scientific concepts, tours around the Zoo, and lunch (students are required to bring their own lunch). Spots are limited, so register before they fill up!

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Zoo School Information Sheet


Each session includes 8, four-hour classes over 4 weeks

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00am-1:00pm

October 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th, November 3rd, 5th, 10th, & 12th

Grades K-2, 3-5 (closed)

Price: $150 for Members/ $175 for Non-members

Our October Session will take place Tuesday and Thursday mornings and will be all about animal adaptations! Students will get to learn about and meet animals that have amazing adaptations that help them to survive and thrive in their habitats. (These classes will take place partially outdoors so please dress for the weather!)


Register by scrolling to the bottom of this page or fill out this form and return completed form to:





Conservation Education Department
Racine Zoo
200 Goold Street
Racine, WI 53402

Contact the Conservation Education Department at 262-636-9580 or education@racinezoo.org for any questions.


What does a day of Zoo School look like?

First, your children will be welcomed to class. Our first class will include some icebreaker games; later classes will open with a review. Interactive introduction of new topics or vocabulary words, via hangman and hands-on exploration and discovery, will open the day. Students will meet live animals, play games, and solve puzzles to apply each new concept, and classes will spend a large portion of classes touring exhibits and working on applications outside. Each morning, students will take a break for a provided, individually wrapped snack, as well as a half-hour lunch break around the noon hour. Students will be provided journals for the full session, and will use these journals for notes, pictures, and activities.


Class Curriculum:

  Grades K-2 Grades 3-5
Class 1 Learn the definition of “adaptation” and learn how to find them. Learn what an adaptation is and how to define; ability to use term effectively.
Class 2 Understand and be able to identify camouflage and how it helps an animal. Learn about camouflage and other color-based adaptations, including countershading and aposematic colors.
Class 3 Explore various adaptations related to the 5 senses. Focus on adaptations related to the 5 senses; how do animals process complex sense information to navigate and make decisions; empathy focus on perspective taking.
Class 4 Focus on adaptations that help animals find food! Explore different types of adaptations, including prehensile tails; Learn the difference between physical and behavioral adaptations.
Class 5 Focus on adaptations that help animals protect themselves. Learn about habitats and niches and apply knowledge of adaptation to these concepts.
Class 6 Animals aren't the only ones with adaptations! Let's talk about plants! Animals aren't the only ones with adaptations! Let's talk about plants!
Class 7 Learn about habitats and apply knowledge of adaptations to survival in habitats. Changes in habitat can lead to changes in adaptations! Apply knowledge in hands-on, problem solving example.
Class 8 Wrap up, review, and have some fun! Wrap up, review, and have some fun!


Science Standards covered over the course of this program (from Next Generation Science Standards and Wisconsin Academic Standards for Science):

Grades K-2:

SCI.LS1.D.1 Animals sense and communicate information and respond to inputs with behaviors that help them grow and survive.

K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

1-LS1-2. Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive

SCI.LS1.D.2 There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.

2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.


Grades 3-5:

SCI.LS1.D.4 Different sense receptors are specialized for particular kinds of information; animals use their perceptions and memories to guide their actions.

4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

4-LS1-2. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

SCI.LS4.B.3 Differences in characteristics between individuals of the same species provide advantages in surviving and reproducing.

SCI.LS4.A.3 Particular organisms can only survive in particular environments.

SCI.LS4.D.3 Populations of organisms live in a variety of habitats. Change in those habitats affects the organisms living there.

3-LS4-2. Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.



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