Zooquest - Grade 2 Growth and Changes in Animals


We have been learning about the different types of animals in our world. You will work with a group to design a zoo that has at least 1 exhibit for each classification of animal.


Click on the name of the classification to view a video explaining the characteristics of that kind of animal.


Learning Goals

  • I can observe and compare the physical and behavioural characteristics of various animals.
  • I can investigate the similarities and differences of in the characteristics of various animals.
  • I can use science vocabulary when describing the characteristics of various animals.

Your task is to work with your group to create a zoo that has an exhibit for each classification of animal: mammal, reptile, bird, fish, amphibian and insect. Your group will need to create a map of your zoo, a plaque for each animal you include and present your zoo to the class. Each group member should choose a classification to include in the zoo. Record which classification each group member is doing and give this to your teacher. 



Step 1:

Choose an animal for each classification that you would like to include in your zoo. Remember that you need at least 1 mammal, reptile, bird, fish, amphibian and insect.

Here is a link to give you some ideas. Remember each group member is responsible for one classification.

Step 2:

Research your animals physical appearance and behaviour and find a photo. You can use this website to find information about lots of different animals. To find a picture of your animal use the website PhotosForClass

Step 3:

Create a list of things your animal needs to survive. You should have 4-5 things for each animal. Use this graphic organizer to keep your lists organized.

Step 4:

Create a map of your zoo. Be sure to label each exhibit with each animal classification. You can draw it on paper or use this website or this slide to create your map. 

Step 5:

Create a plaque display for each animal. Here is an example of what a plaque looks like. Be sure to include information from your research. 

Step 6:

Compile your information into a slide show. Your slideshow should have the following slides:

  • Title page with the name of your zoo and your group members
  • A slide with a picture of your map
  • A slide for each animal your group chose. This slide should have an image of your plaque.

Step 7:

Present your zoo to the class. Be sure to tell us about each of your animals and what their needs and classification are. 


Here you will find your rubric for your Zooquest. 


Yay!!! Your group made it through this Webquest! By the end of this Webquest, you should know:

  • The physical and behavioral characteristics of various animals.

  • The similarities and differences in the characteristics of various animals.

  • Science vocabulary when describing the characteristics of various animals.

Your group worked so hard! Well done!


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Happy Learning English. (2015). Amphibians: Educational Video for Kids. YouTube. https://youtu.be/XI8GPsf6TAc.

Happy Learning English. (2015). Birds: Educational Video for Kids. YouTube. https://youtu.be/8vL_2rF8JHU.

Happy Learning English. (2015). Mammals: Educational Video for Kids. YouTube. https://youtu.be/hGonwMTPV6g.

Happy Learning English. (2015). Reptiles: Educational Video for Kids. YouTube. https://youtu.be/DefLKnKyQfA.

Happy Learning English. (2017). Fish: Educational Video for Kids. YouTube. https://youtu.be/TJN3gJoZqlY.

Happy Learning English. (2018). Insects: Educational Videos for Kids. YouTube. https://youtu.be/iJlfBNyBKQA.

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Teacher Page

Zooquest is designed as a culminating activity at the end of the Growth and Changes in Animals unit. It is designed for grade 2 students but can easily be adapted/modified for the Grade 4 Habitats and Communities unit or the Grade 7 Biodiversity unit. 

This webquest is designed for students to work in groups of 6, one for each classification. If your class numbers don't allow for this it is recommended to do groups of 3 and extend the timeline so that each student may complete two classifications instead of just one.

This webquest is designed to take 2 weeks to complete, however may need longer depending on your class. As there is a crosscurricular component (reading, writing and oral communication) it is recommended to work on this webquest during literacy time as well as science class if possible.


For students who struggle with reading text to speech software may be needed to help them with their research. Alternately students can watch videos about the animal that they chose to help them with their research.

Students who have difficulty with writing tasks may need scribing or speech to text software to assist with recording information from their research. 

Some students may not be comfortable presenting to the entire class. For those students the option of a private presentation or allowing them to record their portion of the presentation may be presented as an alternative.