School Classes 5-6

Guided sessions about select types of species/systematics

Fish – amphibians – reptiles

This guided session is divided into three parts: At first, pupils learn all about the fish: Fins, scales, gills, swim bladder, lateral line organ and adaptions. In the second part, the group gets an overview of comparing fishes, amphibians and reptiles with one another in the Zoo School and while ashore. The third and final part will lead us again into the aquarium, this time to the amphibians and reptiles.

Variations: You can even book a guided session that focuses just on one area (fish, amphibians or reptiles) and also choose between a period of 3 or 1.5 hours.

Subject area:
• Plants – animals – habitats
• Exploring and documenting the adaptedness of an animal to its habitat
• Identifying interactions: Life in water and on land, physique, behaviour, reproduction, development, feeding relationships

Adapting to habitats

Specialists underwater

The pupils get an insight into the general structure of a fish during a tour through the Aquarium. They subsequently explore the specialist means of how the water inhabitants are able to adapt.

Subject area:
• Plants – animals – habitats
• Exploring and documenting the adaptedness of an animal to its habitat

Insects and arachnids

Many people are horrified at the thought of spiders and insects, and this is why they are especially fascinating. The pupils get an insight into the differences and similarities of these two systematic groups, learn all sorts of interesting facts, gradually breaking down the prejudices and disgust.

Subject area:
• Exploiting natural phenomena
• Exploring and documenting the adaptedness of animals to their habitat

Species diversity and conservation

Man as a consumer and competitor

Many habitats have a huge species diversity. The main enemy is: man. By using examples, we present the richness in the species diversity of a habitat and highlight which effects human intervention has in a balanced ecosystem. We will also explain what measures need to be taken to protect habitats and assess them together.

Subject area:
• Plants – animals – habitats
• explaining the anthropogenic changes of a habitat: Species diversity, extinction of species, bio-indicators, recreational behaviour as well as assessing the sustainability of measures of protection and conservation

Species diversity, extinction and conservation

In addition to depicting species diversity, species conservation is above all a key initiative of the zoological gardens and aquaria. Together we look at the various threats facing fish, reptiles and amphibians. We discuss the possibilities and problems of global species conservation, in which we debate possible ways of personal involvement with the pupils.

On the go with the research team

Learn at the stations

We turn our attention on this tour to the peculiarities of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects as well as their development and behaviour. The pupils are able to expand their knowledge through independent elaboration using station learning methods along eight stations through the Aquarium. A free working phase is used to allow small groups to observe, research and experiment. We then jointly discuss all results. Please bring your own pens!

Subject area:
• World of the Great – World of the little ones
• Rules of nature and species protection
• Working method