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Lemur Learning Labs

 

Overview: Pair these learning labs with a tour of the Duke Lemur Center for a well-rounded science experience that provides students with “hands-on, minds-on” activities and lab inquiries grounded in the North Carolina State Curriculum Standards.

 

Lab Fee: $13.00 per person.  Minimum group of participants is 12, maximum number of participants for each package is 30. At this time individual registration is not accepted, please register as a group.

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If I Only had a Thumb                                       K-2nd grade                           45 minutes

Objective:  Students will learn how primates use their hands to get what they need from their environment, that different primates have different thumb structures that best suit their environments and that these traits may show some variation in individuals.

Time: 45 minutes

Standards Addressed: 

K.L.1.1

Compare different types of the same animal (i.e. different types of dogs, different types of cats, etc.) to determine individual differences within a particular type of animal.

1.L.1.1

Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.

2.L.2.1

Identify ways in which many plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance and ways they are different.

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Primate 101                                                  3rd-5th grade                             60 minutes

 

Objective: What is a primate? Students will learn the various characteristics that help classify a primate. They will understand how those traits enable primates to better interact with their environment, how those traits may be passed on to offspring, and how traits differ from one type of primate to another.

Time: 60 minutes

Standards Addressed:

3.G.1.3

Exemplify how people adapt to, change and protect the environment to meet their needs.

4.L.1

Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats.

5.L.3.2

Give examples of likenesses that are inherited and some that are not.

6.RP.1.1

Implement a research process collaboratively

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Primate 101                                         6th-8th grade                                                   60 minutes

Objective: What is a primate? Students will learn the various characteristics that help classify a primate. They will understand how those traits enable primates to better interact with their environment, how those traits may be passed on to offspring, and how traits differ from one type of primate to another.

Time: 60 minutes

Standards Addressed:

6.RP.1.1

Implement a research process collaboratively.

7.L.2.3

Explain the impact of the environment and lifestyle choices on biological inheritance (to include common genetic diseases) and survival.

8.L.3

Understand how organisms interact with and respond to the biotic and abiotic components of their environment.

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Research and Lemurs                              6th-8th grade                                 75 minutes

Objective: Students will have the opportunity to pursue a scientific inquiry from formation of a hypothesis to collection and analysis of data using lemurs as their test subjects. This program will enable to get a glimpse into the life a biologist doing field work. Students will observe lemurs “up close and personal” and record their findings on ethograms—just as field biologists do.

Time: 75 minutes

Standards Addressed:

6—8th grade preamble

A well-planned science curriculum provides opportunities for inquiry, experimentation and technological design. Teachers, when teaching science, should provide opportunities for students to engage in “hands-on/minds-on” activities that are exemplars of scientific inquiry, experimentation and technological design.

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Healthy Eating – Lemurs and You                    K-2nd grade                         45 minutes

 

Objective:  Students will be introduced to the variety of diets that lemurs must have to maintain health. They will compare lemur diets to their own diets. They will also learn about the importance of enrichment for the lemurs’ health.

Time: 45 minutes

Standards Addressed:

K.L.1.2

Compare characteristics of living and nonliving things in terms of their: Structure, Growth, Changes, Movement, Basic Needs.

K.NPA.1.1

Classify foods by groups in MyPlate.

K.NPA.1.2

Recall foods and beverages beneficial to teeth and bones.

1.L.1.1

Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.

2.NPA.1.2

Plan meals that are chosen for energy and health.

2.NPA.1.3

Classify activities in terms of their appropriateness for a healthy lifestyle

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Health Eating – Lemurs and You                  3rd – 5th grade                         60 minutes

 

Objective:  Students will be introduced to the variety of diets that lemurs must have to maintain health. They will compare lemur diets to their own diets. They will also learn about the importance of enrichment for the lemurs’ health.

Time: 60 minutes

Standards Addressed:

3.NPA.2

Understand the importance of consuming a variety of nutrient dense foods and beverages in moderation.

4.NPA.2

Understand the importance of consuming a variety of nutrient dense foods and beverages in moderation.

4.NPA.3

Understand the benefits of nutrition and fitness to disease prevention.

5.NPA.2

Understand the importance of consuming a variety of nutrient dense foods and beverages in moderation.

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I’m in Trouble: Conservation Issues                7th and 8th grade                  60 minutes    

 

Objective: Students will begin to appreciate the impact of human interaction with the Madagascar environment and lemurs. They will identify some of the factors that have caused Madagascar to become 90% deforested, and lemurs to become endangered. They will identify some ways that they can help conservation efforts.

Time: 60 minutes

Standards Addressed:

7.L.2.3

Explain the impact of the environment and lifestyle choices on biological inheritance (to include common genetic diseases) and survival.

8.P.2.1

Explain the environmental consequences of the various methods of obtaining, transforming and distributing energy.

8.P.2.2

Explain the implications of the depletion of renewable and nonrenewable energy resources and the importance of conservation.

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What Can I Do? – Environmental Stewardship                 1st – 6th grade            45 minutes

 

Objective: Students will begin to appreciate the impact of human interaction with the Madagascar environment and lemurs.  They will identify some of the factors that have caused Madagascar to become 90% deforested, and why lemurs are endangered. They will identify some ways that they can help conservation efforts.

Time: 45 minutes

Standards Addressed:

1.L.1.3

Summarize ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there (e.g., reuse or recycle products to avoid littering).

2.G.2.2

Explain how people positively and negatively affect the environment.

3.L.2.2

Explain how environmental conditions determine how well plants survive and grow.

4.L.1

Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats.

5.L.2

Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem.

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