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Chatham County [N.C.] Schools
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Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312
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Welcome to Animal Breakout!

Students, have you ever wondered what would happen if animals escaped from the North Carolina 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.
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Prepared by Technology Teacher Amy Reitz for use with her classes at Saint Mary Magdalene School in Apex, North Carolina in February of 2004
Thank you, Amy, for sharing this resource with others!

Your Task:


  1. 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.)
    • Make a visit to:
  2. Find email 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.)
  3. 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 compute?)
  4. Describe the landforms/counties as you pass through the Piedmont, Coastal Plain, or Mountains.
    • Make drawings to help others understand what you are experiencing.
    • Construct a relief map of North Carolina using a flour, salt, and water mixture.
  5. 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 rattlesnake)
  6. Things to Consider to Help You Live Off the Land
  7. 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 areas.
  8. Find out about the predators/prey you may encounter on your trek. ( food chain )
  9. The environment you are traveling through needs to be compared to your natural habitat.
    • What adaptations do you have that will enable you to survive?
    • 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 survive?
  10. Read folklore, legends, and tall tales that feature you. What are some of the myths or superstitions associated with you?
  11. Debates
    • Teacher's Resource from Field Trip Earth on the Debate Strategy
    • Examples of Topics:
      • Should extreme measures be used to get you out of the environment?
      • Will you be more likely to survive than another animal?

Presentation Ideas:

  • Personal and Imaginative Narratives
  • Tall Tales
  • Point of View Essay
  • Newspaper articles of possible sightings and/or mishaps
  • Cartoons
  • Wanted Posters
  • Songs
  • Poems
  • Jokes
  • Murals
  • Illustrated Timeline
  • Video a News Program
  • Webpages/HyperStudio
  • Plays
  • Others you have done? (Email Ms. Jones.)

Last Revised on February 20, 2004

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Adapted for offline use. For the original WebQuest go to: