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TOC Zoo Update: Students learn responsible fishing practices.

This afternoon, students went to go fishing with Madame Monica.

She split the class into two groups: the responsible fishermen and the irresponsible ones. At every trip, the irresponsible fishermen caught more fish than the others.Then they counted how many fish were left in the ocean.  It was a good opportunity to do math. Plus, between every trip baby fish were born. Of course, there were more babies born with the responsible fishermen, as more grown-ups were left in the ocean. It was very exciting, especially for the irresponsible ones who made a lot of money…At the beginning only. Unfortunately at some point they realized their ocean was running out of fish. Indeed there were not enough adult fishanymore to renew the fish population and so couldn’t make money anymore. 
 
So they had to decide: fishing the same way or reducing the daily amount of fish caught. They committed to taking smaller numbers and accepting regulations and the irresponsible fishermen were able to save their jobs. Unfortunately, sometimes, changes come too late, and there is nothing that can be done to save species or jobs.
The responsible fishermen avoided issues like this. They can still go fishing and make money without being worried about their future.

The overfishing activity helps students to understand the consequences of overfishing our lakes and oceans and how humans have to use resources in a smarter way.
 

We hope that at the end of the zoo experience, students will understand that humans are a part of an ecosystem where million of living things coexist. We may not understand how important they are but we know that our happiness depends on living in equilibrium with nature. Life can be better for everyone and as individuals we have the power to make this happen. Our descendants are dreaming of being grateful to us. 

Newsletter du Zoo: Mardi 24, Avril 2018

Bonjour chers parents,

Today was amazing!!! Students had two zoo classes with Madame Monica !! 

In the morning, it was animal time in the classroom!!! It’s an opportunity for our students to pet animals, to see them closer, to hear them, and even to smell them sometimes. All the senses help them learn and memorize. 

Monica brought two animals: 

     – Bess the corn snake.  This species lives in Louisiana. Snakes are carnivorous. They love to stay around the farmer’s corn, because it’s where mice and rats will come! They use their tongue to smell. 

     – Chewy the guinea pig. This mammal is a herbivore. Green bell pepper, parsley and basil is part of its favorite food. 

Monica also brought a wing from a hawk.

With a food chain, it’s easier to realize that animals and plants are connected to each other. If one link disappears, it does affect other living things. In a ecosystem, we need all kinds of plants and animals, even the small tiny ones that look insignificant. 

Today, we would like to pay tribute to the sun. The sun is the reason food chains exist. Without the sun, there would be be no plants, and without plants there would be neither animals nor Humans.   

-Ibrahima Diaban (Audubon Zoo Liaison)

Newsletter du Zoo: Mardi 10 Avril

Bonjour chers parents,

This afternoon, with Madame Jamie, it was animal time in the classroom!!! It’s an opportunity for our students to pet animals, to see them closer, to hear them, and even to smell them sometimes. All the senses help them learn and memorize. 

The first animal was an invertebrate. Roaches are invertebrates. Surprise,  Jamie brought one!! No, not the ones you can see in your house or in New Orleans streets. It wouldn’t be as interesting or fun since you can observe and pet them whenever you want. This one is a Madagascar hissing cockroach! It’s a plant eater. The students who pet it can tell you that it’s very smooth!!

The mammal Jamie brought is Han, the domestic guinea pig. This mammal is a herbivore. 

Tyler, the western hognose snake is a reptile. It has fangs that help him with the preys it eats: amphibians. Snakes use their tongues to smell. 

 Jezebel the hawk! This carnivore eats rodents, lizards, snakes and smaller birds. Jezebel sees very well, however her best sense is their sense of hearing. That’s why hawks are great hunters. 

Most of the zoo animals are from another zoo, however Jezebel is from the wild. She arrived at the zoo with a broken wing. With a missing wing, she can’t fly, and so she is unable to hunt, and couldn’t survive in the wild.

With a food chain, it’s easier to realize that animals and plants are connected to each other. If one link disappears, it does affect other living things. In a ecosystem, we need all kinds of plants and animals, even the small tiny ones that look insignificant. 

Today, we would like to pay tribute to the sun. The sun is the reason food chains exist. Without the sun, there would be be no plants, and without plants there would be neither animals nor Humans.  

The rest of the day, students worked in small groups:

     – they drew some animals.

     – they did exercises about animal classification with Madame Claire.

     – they played the “animal classification” game. with monsieur Ibrahima.

     – they read books in the library.

A demain!!!

Martin, Jinger, Claire & Ibrahima 

La radio LFNO, Episode 6

la-radio-lfnoIn the sixth episode of La radio LFNO, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, students interview Monica Pasos, School Service Coordinator at Audubon Nature Institute. They discuss biodiversity and endangered species.

La radio LFNO, Episode 5

la-radio-lfnoIn the fifth episode of La radio LFNO, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, students interview Bob MacLean, Audubon Nature Institute senior veterinarian. If you didn’t know about Audubon’s Marine Mammal Rescue Program, listen in!

Liberté !

Summary: Stuck in bad situations, these wild animals find a way to escape.

Thanks to an exciting partnership with the Audubon Nature Institute, our first and third graders participate in programs at Lycée’s very own zoo classroom. Science learning comes to life through interactive activities with animal and plant life.

This short film is an example of final student projects, in which students develop storylines, incorporate specialized vocabulary, and act!

La radio LFNO, Episode 4

la-radio-lfnoIn the fourth episode of La radio LFNO, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, students interview Elaine Broussard, Education Outreach Coordinator at the Audubon Nature Institute, and talk about all the interesting things she does at the zoo.

Père Alligator

Summary: Père Noël is the new Santa in town. But is he friend or foe?

Thanks to an exciting partnership with the Audubon Nature Institute, our first and third graders participate in programs at Lycée’s very own zoo classroom. Science learning comes to life through interactive activities with animal and plant life.

This short film is an example of final student projects, in which students develop storylines, incorporate specialized vocabulary, and act!

Ils sont fous, ces Français !

Summary: Three friends at a sleepover pass the time reading the newspaper. In doing so, they discover what can happen when wild animals are taken out of their natural habitats.

Thanks to an exciting partnership with the Audubon Nature Institute, our first and third graders participate in month-long programs in the Lycée’s very own zoo classroom. Science learning comes to life through interactive activities with animal and plant life.

This short film is an example of final student projects, in which students develop storylines, incorporate specialized vocabulary, and act!

Les CE2 D font du bruit !

For their final project, Mme Elodie’s 3rd Graders created a video based on what they learned while residents at the Audubon Zoo Science Laboratory. Watch to see what they learned about jaguars and spider monkeys and other animals, as well as the dangers of poaching!

La Recette pour faire peur !

For their final project, 3rd Grade Lycée Français students created a video based on what they learned while residents at the Audubon Zoo Science Laboratory. Click to watch and see how several zoo animals come together to find their missing friends and save them from the scary Swamp Monster!

 

 

 

First week at the Audubon Zoo Science Laboratory

Lycée students are back and ready for business at the Audubon Zoo Science Laboratory.

This week students learned about the business of running a zoo. The gift shop is a great place for shopping… and a math exercise.

One morning, students went to the zoo with $32.00. They had to save money to ride the train and the carousel, and to have a look at the dinosaur adventure. Afterwards, students could purchase items in the gift shop. How much would all these attractions cost? Could the students budget appropriately?