Year levels

Year 5, Year 6




Student webinars for this program run every week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from October 6th 2020. Times are detailed below.

Your students will learn about science and global citizenship by answering the Call of the Wild.

Program description

Zoos Victoria is offering free Virtual Excursions programs. Each excursion comes with a teaching guide, activities and a student webinar. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have an expert educator working remotely to talk directly to you.

In this Year 5-6 science program, students will learn all about gorillas. They will get to know the gorillas at Melbourne Zoo and use scientific observation to identify their adaptations and features. Students will learn about how global action is helping gorillas survive in the wild. They will then choose their own Zoo animal to research and create an action plan for.

Students will learn:

  • Adaptations and features that enable animals to survive in the wild
  • How animals can be grouped and classified
  • How global citizenship helps the survival of animals and their environment

Student webinar

Call of the Wild includes a free 30-minute student webinar. A Zoo teacher will run a workshop for your students and answer their questions. Students won’t be on camera and will type their questions and ideas.

Webinars run every week from Tuesday 6th October 2020:

  • Mondays 12:45pm - 1:15pm AEDT
  • Wednesdays 12:45pm - 1:15pm AEDT
  • Fridays 12:45pm - 1:15pm AEDT

Program resources

In addition to the student webinar, this Virtual Excursion includes the following teaching resources:

Teaching guide – instructions for activities to do before and after your webinar

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Narrated PowerPoint – Interactive student activities lead by Zoo Teachers. Download for hours’ worth of activities to use independently or as a class.

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Student worksheet – an action template for students to use as part of their research

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Virtual Excursions FAQ – frequently asked questions about our Virtual Excursions

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Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum Year 5-6:

  • Science – Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment
  • Science – The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment
  • Civics and Citizenship – Examine the concept of global citizenship