These animal-themed games make it fun to learn about animals' characteristics and habitats. Students can even create their own new species!
Switch Zoo - Make New Animals
Visitors to this unique zoo make their own new creatures by switching the animals' heads, legs and tails. While students play, they can read facts about each of the animals that comprise their new beast. Visit our lesson plans section for classroom ideas.
Learn how to make new animals in Switch Zoo by taking the Guided Tour: Make New Animals. It's a hands-on, step-by-step guide so you will make animals while you learn!
You can also click the How To button on the fence to open the hidden How to Play panel and find out about everything you can do in the zoo.
Feeding Time at Switch Zoo
Your students will have fun learning about carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, and scavengers with three games based on animals' diets.
Where Do I Live?
This animal geography game will challenge your students' knowledge as they move the animals to their natural homes. Students can use the Animal Homing Device to see the answer for animals they can't locate.
For art, science, creative writing and persuasive writing projects. These lesson plans use Switch Zoo animals to spark interest and creativity.
Medieval Art Mixed Breed Animals
Art teacher Linda Woods shares her great lesson plan that references fantastic beasts in myth and legend, and uses Switch Zoo to generate ideas. To see drawings created by fifth grade students using the lesson plan, go to Mixed Breed Animal Drawings.
More Lesson Plans
Visit the Lesson Plans page for simple science and creative writing plans for younger children, and links to Switch Zoo Lesson Plans off-site.
For on-site research: 142 animal profiles, a US endangered species map, and stories about unusual animal feats and ablities in the Zookeepers' Blog.
142 animal species inhabit Switch Zoo and they are all profiled here, so students have easy access to interesting facts about the real animals that make up their fictional combination animals. Use the Google search tool on any page to quickly find animals.
Endangered Species Map
This interactive map of the United States provides information about the endangered species of each state. The color key includes descriptions of the biomes.
Switch Zoo visitors contribute funny and creative animal names, mixed animal drawings, stories and poems about the animals, and comments.
Stories and Poems
Students at Philip Livingston Magnet Academy in Albany, NY wrote these wonderful stories and poems. English teacher, Mary Paley, shares her Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans in the Lesson Plans section.
The Hall of Names
A collection of funny and creative names visitors have given the animals they made at Switch Zoo.
A sampling of email received at Switch Zoo.
Animal Research Resources
Find a wealth of interesting and informative animal information sites to conduct research for stories, reports, and field guides.
These sites offer resources for teachers and other educational professionals.