What do you get when you put together a sixth grade project, the Memphis Zoo and a scavenger hunt? An all around good time! Sixth grade students at First Assembly Christian School visited a local favorite destination - the Memphis Zoo - during their field trip on Friday, October 28, 2022. The fun trip concludes their most recent study in science about animal kingdoms. Through a multi-week study that included a research paper, magazine, formal presentation and 3D model of an animal of their choosing, sixth graders demonstrated an understanding of their lessons through project-based learning.
During their academic studies, students learned about phyla (or similar classifications) of animals, exploring their habitats and classification according to their structure. Students then applied what they learned in the classroom, during their field trip, by exploring the various zoo exhibits by way of scavenger hunt. Teams of sixth graders...and their parents...were challenged to solve riddles and hunt down clues as a part of the day's assignment outside of the classroom.
Animal Kingdom Presentations
Check out some of the fun photos from student presentations in the classroom, which included 3D models of the animals they studied and a magazine full of creature facts and figures.
Memphis Zoo Field Trip Highlights
Here are some of the fun photos from the class field trip.
About the Memphis Zoo
The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown Memphis, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Founded in 1906, the Memphis Zoo is nested on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. The zoo has been recognized as one of the top zoos in the U.S. by USA Today and TripAdvisor. Each of the zoo's inhabitants reside in specialized exhibits based on their unique set of needs. Some of these exhibits include the popular Zambezi River Hippo Camp and Teton Trek. The Memphis Zoo is also an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).