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Teacher Resources for Distance Learning

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Are you interested in teaching kids about wild animals and the principles behind conservation? Would you like to be able to share Salato’s mission with students in your brick and mortar or virtual classroom? If so, this resource is for you! Pick a program and join one of our professional conservation educators as we explore the wondrous wildlife of Kentucky.

Created just for teachers and parents, these short videos and worksheets provide simple and engaging activities to enhance your curriculum. They are also great pre-fieldtrip exercises! Kids who return 2 completed activity sheets will get a free KDFWR sticker, while supplies last. If you are able to visit in person, be sure to sign your class up for one of our formal classroom programs for a more in depth learning (Stickers and classroom programs are not being offered during the Covid-19 disruptions to operations).

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Creature Features

The Build of a Box Turtle

Discover how Kentucky’s only terrestrial turtle is designed for life on the land, and built differently than its aquatic cousins! Then use your creativity to color your very own box turtle, or test your newfound knowledge about this turtle’s unique design and characteristics.

Related Salato Exhibit: Eastern Box Turtle

Grades: 2 - 4

Activities: Information Recall and Creative Drawing (15 minutes)

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Habits of a Secretive Snake

Learn about one of the more uncommon snakes in Kentucky and how they have adapted to a unique lifestyle! Afterwards, put your imagination to the test by creating your own snake from a table of options.

Related Salato Exhibit: Northern Pine Snake

Grades: 3 - 4

Activities: Quick Quiz with Creative Drawing (15 minutes)

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Lunchtime with America’s Largest Mammal

Watch an up-close feeding and learn why we have bison in the United States - not buffalo! Then put your problem solving skills into action by unscrambling key words and putting them in the correct blanks.

Related Salato Exhibit: North American Bison

Grades: 4 - 6

Activities: Word Scramble (15 minutes)

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Get to Know the Common Snapping Turtle

Gain some insight into the basics of one of the most recognizable turtles in the state. Then, see if you can pick out some key features to compare and contrast the common snapping turtle and the alligator snapping turtle!

Related Salato Exhibit: Warm Water Aquarium

Grades: 2 - 4

Activities: Compare and Contrast (15 minutes)

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Mis-snake’n Identity

The Eastern milk snake is a common Kentucky species, but one that is often misidentified. Learn more about this harmless snake, and how it earned the name "milk snake." Afterwards, test your knowledge, and use your creativity to design your very own Eastern milk snake!

Related Salato Exhibit: N/A

Grades: 2 - 5

Activities: Information Recall (15 minutes)

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A Quality Home for Quail

Learn about the small game bird nicknamed “fire bird” and how their habitat lead to that name. After, put your knowledge to the test and see if you can accurately solve the crossword puzzle.

Related Salato Exhibit: The Bluegrass Prairie

Grades: 4 - 6

Activities: Crossword Puzzle (10 minutes)

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Mother Nature’s Mousetrap: The Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed hawks take the day shift of pest control by feeding primarily upon small mammals and rodents. Learn more about these hunters, and get a close look at Salato’s non-releasable red-tail, in this Creature Feature.

Related Salato Exhibit: Raptor Aviary

Grades: 4 - 6

Activities: Word Bank and Search (7 minutes)

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Black Bear Training Career Chat with Corrie!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to train our big black bear? Or maybe you’ve thought about what it’s like to prepare our animals food? Complete this worksheet for an inside look at our Animal Care Specialist job!

Related Salato Exhibit: Black Bear

Grades: 4 - 5

Activities: Q & A (15 - 20 minutes)

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TOADally FROGtastic!

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between a frog and a toad? How do you tell them apart? Learn all about these fascinating amphibians in this creature feature. Then, use what you learned in an activity where you become the frog and leap to find your froggy features.

Related Salato Exhibit: Frogs and Toads of Kentucky

Grades: k - 2

Activities: Interactive Game (15 minutes)

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Habitat Days: Pollinators

Creating Native Habitat

Join Nikki in Salato's waystation! Learn techniques for creating a native habitat to attract Kentucky’s pollinators and gain some knowledge about the conservation of Monarch butterflies. This program celebrates Pollinator Week but can be enjoyed anytime.

Related Salato Exhibit: Monarch Waystation

Grades: 3 - 6

Activities: Life Cycle Chart and Creative Drawing (20 minutes)

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Bees: Not Just About Honey

Gain knowledge about the different bee species that you can find in Kentucky and how they help pollinate native plants. This program celebrates Pollinator Week but can be enjoyed anytime.

Related Salato Exhibit: Bee Tree/Bee Garden

Grades: 3 - 4

Activities: Finger Puppet (10 minutes)

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Pollinators You Wouldn’t Consider

Pollinators come in a variety of species and some of them may surprise you! Learn how the process of pollination works. This program celebrates Pollinator Week but can be enjoyed anytime.

Related Salato Exhibit: Insect Box

Grades: 3 - 6

Activities: Puppet Transfer (30 minutes)

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Habitat Days: Woodlands (in order)

What’s that Habitat?(1 of 4)

Did you know that half of Kentucky is comprised of woodland habitat? Learn what components make up this habitat and the variety of wildlife that call it home.

Grades: 3 - 6

Activities: Fill in the Blank (15-20 minutes)

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Nocturnal Palooza (2 of 4)

Take a look at some of Kentucky’s most common nocturnal wildlife and learn the difference between game and non-game species and how hunting and trapping is beneficial to wildlife as a whole.

Related Salato Exhibit: Nocturnal Wildlife

Grades: 4 - 5

Activities: Follow Directions and Information Recall (15 - 20 minutes)

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Adaptions are a Hoot! (3 of 4)

Learn all about Kentucky’s woodland owl species and the adaptations that make them such effective nocturnal hunters. Be observant the next time you’re near woodland and edge habitats and you just might have an owl encounter of your own!

Grades: 3 - 4

Activities: Cut and Paste (20 - 30 minutes)

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Bat Blitz (4 of 4)

Did you know that Kentucky is home to 16 species of bats, many of which utilize woodland habitats for food and shelter? Learn more about these amazing creatures and how they use sound waves to locate flying insects.

Grades: 4 - 5

Activities: Call and Response Game (30 - 40 minutes)

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