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        You at the Zoo | An Inquiry-Based Approach to Science

        The collection of nine student videos, lessons, and resources are designed to address Life Science Standards for grades 3-8 while modeling the scientific inquiry process. A brief description of the video and the corresponding Grade Level Indicator are included with each streaming video.

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        You at the Zoo | Helping Hands

        In this video, students are introduced to the scientific inquiry process while learning more about primates and their special adaptations, like opposable thumbs. Students join the You at the Zoo student team to follow the inquiry approach and determine if primates are more likely to be right-handed or left-handed.

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        You at the Zoo | To Be a Bird

        In this video, students learn about animal classification and what characteristics define a bird. After learning about some of the special features of birds, students join the You at the Zoo student team to investigate the special attributes of two very different bird species.

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        You at the Zoo | Plant Adaptations

        In this video, students learn about plant structures and how certain adaptations help plants survive. After learning about plant defense mechanisms, students join the You at the Zoo student team to make predictions about what might happen when you touch a sensitive plant with a feather or a finger.

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        You at the Zoo | Wild Partnerships

        In this video, students learn about a unique, mutually-beneficial partnership between leaf cutter ants and the fungus they cultivate for food. Join the You at the Zoo team and use the inquiry process to make predictions and test your hypothesis about which ants travel faster – those carrying leaves, or those without.

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        You at the Zoo | Survival on the Savanna

        In this video, students meet the world's fastest Cheetah, Sarah, and learn how Cheetahs have adapted to survive in their Savanna habitat. Then, join the You at the Zoo team and make predictions about how fast the Cheetah can run.

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        You at the Zoo | Ecosystem Changes

        In this video, students learn about the differences between Asian and African Elephants and how elephants make a dramatic impact on their ecosystems. After learning about Elephants as "landscape architects," join the You at the Zoo student team and follow the inquiry process to investigate the different tasks of elephant's trunks.

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        You at the Zoo | The Next Generation

        In this video, students learn about what it takes to keep a species going generation after generation through reproduction. Join the You at the Zoo team to identify tigers by their unique characteristics.

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        You at the Zoo | Variety is Valuable

        In this video, students learn about biodiversity and the variety of life contributing to over ten million animal species on the planet. Students then learn about diversity of wildlife in the Florida wetlands — the manatee, alligator, and alligator gar. Join the You at the Zoo team and investigate whether manatees are more likely to spend more time at the surface or bottom of their wetland home.

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        You at the Zoo | Uncommon Traits

        In this You at the Zoo video, students learn about sexual reproduction and how both parents contribute traits to their offspring. Students then learn more about the zoo's rhino conservation program and meet Indian rhino, Nikki, as she undergoes an ultrasound to monitor the health of her pregnancy.

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