Zoo-Goers Ready to Greet Baby Panda

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The Smithsonian's National Zoo, also known as the Washington Zoo, is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. Youngsters read and discuss a news article about Tai Shan, baby panda that was one of the zoos most famous residents. They also analyze a map of Asia, listen to a retelling of a Chinese folktale, complete an online panda puzzle, and write a journal entry.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members check in on Tai Shan today with a video by The Washington Post
Classroom Considerations

  • Although the article, published in 2005, is dated the activities are sure to engage learners
  • Tai Shan was returned to China on February 4, 2010

  • The resource includes an anticipation guide, vocabulary list, interesting facts, a comprehension check, and follow-up activities

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