Field trips give the students an opportunity to spend time with each other in a new environment and relate to the concepts taught in a better and effective way. An educational trip to the zoo was organized for the students of class IX on 25th October, 2016. The trip enabled the students to explore and gather information for their formative assignments in Science and Social Science as well as recapitulate and connect to their classroom learning in practical viewing of biological diversity present in the zoo. It was aimed to help the students develop the following concepts:
- Scientists separate living things into different groups so that they may study them more easily.
- Living things are grouped together (classified) according to their body characteristics.
- The more closely related two animals are, the more closely related is their taxonomic rank.
- All living things are given a two-part Latin or Greek scientific name to avoid confusion among scientists from different areas.
The students recorded the number of vertebrate and invertebrate species found in the zoo and collected the information on number of mammal, birds, reptiles and amphibians available there. They studied about the food habits of each of the vertebrate category.
Overall, it was an enriching experience for them as they studied about different forms of a species or genus and their diverse adaptations, varied surroundings and biodiversity.