Welcome to Animal
have you ever wondered what would happen if animals escaped from the
Zoo? Using the knowledge that you have already learned about North
Carolina and information you may need to discover, pretend to be in the
animal's skin and escape the zookeepers.
- Students, if you wish to have a partner or to form a
group to do this project, do so!
- Pretending to be an escaped animal, get safely from Asheboro
to a distant point in North Carolina. (i.e. You are an elephant. Get
from Asheboro to Wilmington.
You are a pygmy rattlesnake. Get from Asheboro to Boone.)
- Some resources available to help you learn more about
the land are as follows:
- Construct a presentation that will show your understanding of
the animal you have chosen to be. (needs, adaptations, behaviors)
- Include in your presentation a report on the landforms, other
animals and places of interest that you discover about North Carolina
on your trek.
- Some resources to help you understand the animal you have
chosen to be better are as follows:
- Listen to some animal sounds so
you will be able to communicate with other animals on your journey.
(Shhhhhh... There may be some animals you'll want to avoid!)
- Keep a personal journal of your daily activities/adventures.
Periodically, transfer summaries to an online journal to share with
others. (Registration required)
partners along your route that may help you in your trek. These way
stations will provide needed information for your survival. (If you are
able to find email keypals in counties/towns along your route, ask them
questions about hazards, food, and the water supply.)
Based on your traveling speed
, compute the time it will take you to get to your destination. Compute
the number of miles covered in a day, week, or month. Make a chart to
display data. (What might be a problem with the information you
Describe the landforms/counties as you pass through the
Piedmont, Coastal Plain, or Mountains.
- Choose an animal
that lives at the North Carolina
Zoological Park in Asheboro. Find out what you need to survive.
(food, shelter, predators, prey, etc.)
In what animal class do you belong? Why do you suppose
scientists placed you with that particular group? Describe the major
characteristics of your class. (Discuss with other participants, either
in your class or email keypals, why one group may be more successful in
their journey than others. i.e. elephant vs. pygmy
- Make drawings to help others understand what you are
- Construct a relief map of North Carolina using a flour,
salt, and water mixture.
Things to Consider to Help You Live Off the
Explore the barriers/hazards you may face and suggest
possible outcomes or solutions to the problems you encounter. (Why would
traveling through an urban area generate different hazards than
rural areas of our state?) Compare/contrast your experiences in rural
areas as compared to urban
Find out about the predators/prey you may encounter on
your trek. ( food
The environment you are traveling through needs to be
compared to your natural habitat.
legends, and tall tales
that feature you. What are some of the myths or superstitions associated
- What adaptations do you have that will enable you to
- What behaviors do you have that will help you?
- How might your behavior change during your travels?
- How might instinct or learned behaviors help you live?
- Fantasy: What adaptations might you develop in order to
- Teacher's Resource from Field Trip Earth on
- Examples of Topics:
- Should extreme measures be used to get you out of the
- Will you be more likely to survive than another
- Personal and Imaginative Narratives
- Tall Tales
- Point of View Essay
- Newspaper articles of possible sightings and/or mishaps
- Wanted Posters
- Illustrated Timeline
- Video a News Program
- Others you have done? (Email Ms. Jones.)