In-School Exploration

Provider: Lemur Conservation Foundation

Contact: Katie Virun

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info: FREE

Max. Capacity: 150

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation?

Is Financial Assistance Offered?


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WILD for Literacy: AM I LIKE A LEMUR?

What to Expect:

Students transform into Jr. Explorers and travel to several different activity stations with their Madagascar Mini Passport in hand. They will discover that both lemurs and humans are mammals and vertebrates and be able to identify the similarities and differences between them.

First, they compare the shape and dexterity of their hands and feet by tracing around their own and putting their toe grip to the test.  Next, the young explorers use all their senses to examine bones, fur, and lemur vocalizations. Students learn how lemurs use their sense of smell and put their own sniffing abilities to the test.  Then the Jr. Explorers discover Madagascar’s vast biodiversity by comparing the body size and weight of several species of lemur. Students will compare their leaping abilities to that of an indri.

Finally, the students will travel back home to learn how they can help lemurs right here in Florida.

Based on the book “No-Song the Indri”

Author: Alison Jolly | Illustrator: Deborah Ross | Malagasy author/translator: Hanta Rasamimanana

Publisher: Lemur Conservation Foundation

See this book read on YouTube:

About Wild for Literacy:

Title 1 schools in Sarasota County have the unique opportunity for Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes.    If this exploration is chosen as a part of the WILD for Literacy program, each participating child in the grade level will receive a FREE book to keep and share with their families at home.  Not a Title 1 school?  Not a problem!  The Lemur Conservation Foundation is still happy to book this exploration at your school.  NOTE: Only Title 1 schools are eligible to receive free books as a part of the WILD for Literacy program; if not participating as a part of the WILD for Literacy program, schools may opt out of receiving take-home books for the children or purchase them for $5.35/ea.

Thanks to our partners in global conservation education:

Lemur Conservation Foundation

Nature’s Path EnviroKidz

The Patterson Foundation

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading



Kindergarten Language Arts:
LAFS.K.RL.4.10, LAFS.K.RI.1.3, LAFS.K.RI.3.9, LAFS.K.W.1.1, LAFS.K.W.1.2, LAFS.K.W.3.8, LAFS.K.SL.1.1

Kindergarten Math:

Kindergarten Science:
SC.K.L.14.3, SC.K.N.1.2, SC.K.P.12.1, SC.K.N.1.4, SC.K.N.1.5

1st Grade Language Arts:
LAFS.1.RL.4.10, LAFS.1.RI.1.3, LAFS.1.RI.3.9, LAFS.1.W.1.1, LAFS.1.W.1.2, LAFS.1.W.3.8, LAFS.1.SL.1.1

1st Grade Math:
MAFS.K12.MP.5.1, MAFS.1.MD.1.a

1st Grade Science:
SC.1.L.14.1, SC.1.N.1.1, SC.1.N.1.2, SC.1.N.1.3, SC.1.N.1.4

National Science Standards:
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
-Characteristics of organisms
-Organisms and environments
-Form and Function

Next Generation National Science Standards:
-Kindergarten: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1)
-1st Grade: Structure, Function and Information Processing (1-LS1-1)

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