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Lemur Learning Labs

Overview

Learning Labs offer 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. Learning Lab options and grade levels are below.

The Learning Lab fee is $13.00 + tax per child and $8.00 + tax per adult, including chaperones; with a minimum fee of $175 + tax.* We can accommodate a maximum of 36 people (students and accompanying adults included) at one time.

*There will be a minimum fee of $175 + tax for all Learning Labs. Even if your total per-person fee is below $175, we will automatically charge that minimum rate. 

“To say that our visit to the Duke Lemur Center was a success would be a tremendous understatement. You all were outstanding in bringing our study of conservation alive with both the tour of the lemurs as well as the Learning Lab talk which taught us and inspired us so much. I personally consider this trip well worth the drive up from Atlanta, and definitely one that our students will never forget.”    —S.J.F., 5th-grade teacher from Atlanta, GA

If I Only Had a Thumb

Grade levels we can accommodate: Kindergarten through 1st grade                           

Duration: 60 minutes (tour is included)

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.

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.

Primate 101

Grade levels we can accommodate: 2nd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and high school

Duration: 75-90 minutes (tour is included; total timing depends on age and background knowledge of the group)

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.

Standards addressed:

Elementary:

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.

Middle School:

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.

Research and Lemurs

Grade levels we can accommodate: 6th-8th grade and high school                               

Duration: 90 minutes (tour is included)

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.

Standards addressed:

6th- through 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.

What Can I Do? Conservation Issues

Grade level we can accommodate: 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and high school       

Duration: 75-90 minutes (tour is included; total timing depends on age and background knowledge of the group)

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.

Standards Addressed:

Elementary:

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.

Middle School:

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.

 

Ready to schedule or ask questions?

Please contact the Education Department at primate@duke.edu with as many details as possible about your group: subject of interest, age level, total number of students and adults, potential dates and times, etc. We schedule Learning Labs primarily on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays, but occasionally weekends are available by special request. Our program schedule fills quickly, so we recommend contacting us 2-3 months in advance for best results.

 

 

 

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