Horace Mann Elementary Partners with Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Horace Mann Elementary Partners with Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Posted on 02/04/2020
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Horace Mann Elementary School students are taking part in a pilot program called the Animal Connections Continuum. This grant-funded program teaches children how to develop and show empathy for animals and others.

“As a part of our Animal Connections Continuum Program, a Zoological Society educator visits our second, third and fourth graders three times a year. Additionally, our students visit them twice a year on field trips. A highlight of every visit is our students getting to meet a very special guest. On February 3, 2020, the special guest was Bob, the cockroach!” said Jessica Klein, a fourth grade teacher from Horace Mann’s Team Adventure.

During the continuum of visits, each grade level has a different focus. Second graders focus on familiar animals such as pets. Then, third graders learn about their community by studying plants and animals native to Wisconsin. Fourth graders gain a global understanding for conservation.  

“The vision of the Animal Connections Continuum is to help youth develop empathy towards others and animals, fostering self-awareness and social-awareness of the world around them.” said David Hellrung, a fourth grade teacher from Team Adventure.

“The zoo connection is teaching me about empathy and how to be an ambassador for animals. An ambassador sticks up for the animals because they can’t speak for themselves.” said Lyaeh, a fourth grader in Team Adventure.