Animal Station

BioTrek Curriculum for Animal Station

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The Rainforest Animals Station

In our animal foyer, we house representative rainforest animals.  This stop emphasizes animal adaptations.

A guide to the animal collection may be viewed for the following grades:

The standards that may be covered include:






Life Sciences


Students know how to observe and describe similarities and differences in the appearance and behavior of plants and animals (e.g., seed-bearing plants, birds, fish, insects).


Students know how to identify major structures of common plants and animals (e.g., stems, leaves, roots, arms, wings, legs).

Earth Sciences


Students know changes in weather occur from day to day and across seasons, affecting Earth and its inhabitants.

Grade 1

Life Sciences


Students know different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.


Students know both plants and animals need water, animals need food, and plants need light.


Students know animals eat plants or other animals for food and may also use plants or even other animals for shelter and nesting.


Students know how to infer what animals eat from the shapes of their teeth (e.g., sharp teeth: eats meat; flat teeth: eats plants).

Earth Sciences


Students know that the weather changes from day to day but that trends in temperature or of rain (or snow) tend to be predictable during a season.


Students know the sun warms the land, air, and water.

Grade 2

Life Sciences


Students know that organisms reproduce offspring of their own kind and that the offspring resemble their parents and one another.


Students know many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents. Some characteristics are caused or influenced by the environment.

Grade 3

Life Sciences


Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.


Students know examples of diverse life forms in different environments, such as oceans, deserts, tundra, forests, grasslands, and wetlands.


Students know living things cause changes in the environment in which they live: some of these changes are detrimental to the organism or other organisms, and some are beneficial.

Physical Sciences


Students know energy comes from the Sun to Earth in the form of light.

Grade 4

Life Sciences


Students know that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.


Students know that most microorganisms do not cause disease and that many are beneficial.

Grade 6

Life Sciences


Students know energy entering ecosystems as sunlight is transferred by producers into chemical energy through photosynthesis and then from organism to organism through food webs.


Students know matter is transferred over time from one organism to others in the food web and between organisms and the physical environment.


Students know the number and types of organisms an ecosystem can support depends on the resources available and on abiotic factors, such as quantities of light and water, a range of temperatures, and soil composition.



Students know different natural energy and material resources, including air, soil, rocks, minerals, petroleum, fresh water, wildlife, and forests, and know how to classify them as renewable or nonrenewable.

Grade 7

Life Sciences


Students know how bones and muscles work together to provide a structural framework for movement.

Grades 9-12

Biology/Life Sciences


Students know a great diversity of species increases the chance that at least some organisms survive major changes in the environment.

Biotrek is an education-based project that reaches out to K-12 and college students, and other community members, emphasizing the need to share knowledge, values and behaviors that support biological sustainability on a finite Earth.