Reflection: Safety What Do Zoologists Do? - Section 5: Elaborate



I enjoyed bringing the animals into the classroom.  It was a tremendous joy to see my kindergarten students engaging with them.  They felt like real zoo keepers when observing them and drawing pictures of the rabbit in particular.  However, you must be very careful and remember washing your hands with soap and water is critical.  I did wash my hands with soap and water the first time I interacted with the animals.  When I moved the cages the second time, I did not wash my hands with soap and water, I used hand sanitizer instead.  This was a big mistake because I wear contact lenses.  I rubbed my eye several times after moving the cages.  By the time it was time for dismissal from school, my eyes were red and swelling.  As a result, I contacted pink eye and missed three days of school.  So, remember the golden rule: thou shall wash your hands with soap and water every time you touch the animals or cages.  I must admit, I never touched either  neither animal I simply moved the cages. 

  Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water
  Safety: Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water
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What Do Zoologists Do?

Unit 2: Types of Scientists, You May or May Not Know
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: Students ask scientific questions by listening to a zoologist share the types of questions she asks while during her job at the local zoo.

Big Idea: Zoologists make contributions to society by using their expertise to keep animal in zoos nation-wide safe and healthy.

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