Each Ako lesson aligns with a suggested grade level (Kindergarten-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th) and one or more of seven environmental themes. Before carrying out an activity, we recommend reading the corresponding section in the Ako Educator’s Guide that matches the theme of the lesson. The seven themes are:
- Looking at Lemurs—Classification and Biodiversity
- Exploring Lemur Habitats
- Investigating Lemur Adaptations
- Discovering Lemur Communities—Ecology and Inter-dependence
- Learning About Lemur Life—Life Cycles and Behavior
- Madagascar’s People and Places
- Making a Difference for Lemurs
The Ako lessons can be completed chronologically or independently. Each activity incorporates multiple learning styles and subject areas. Extensions provide additional learning opportunities to use in your classroom, your schoolyard, or at your local zoo.
Theme 1: Looking at Lemurs
K-1st Grade – Am I Like a Lemur?
2-3rd Grade – Lemurs, Little and Large
4-5th Grade – Lemurs Have Class!
Theme 2: Exploring Lemur Habitats
K-1st Grade – Everyone Needs a Habitat
2-3rd Grade – Home Sweet Habitat
4-5th Grade – Growing, Growing, Gone
Theme 3: Investigating Lemur Adaptations
K-1st Grade – Built to Survive
2-3rd Grade – Adaptation Stations
4-5th Grade – Survival Scents
Theme 4: Discovering Lemur Communities
K-1st Grade – What’s for Dinner?
2-3rd Grade – Create a Tsingy Foodweb
4-5th Grade – You Can’t Grow Home Again
Theme 5: Learning About Lemur Life
Theme 6: Madagascar’s People and Places
K-1st Grade – Where in the World is Madagascar?
2-3rd Grade – Madagascar the Museum
4-5th Grade – Lemurs are Cultural Creatures
Theme 7: Making a Difference for Lemurs
K-1st Grade – We May Be Small, But Together We Are Big
2-3rd Grade – Buyer Beware!
4-5th Grade – Tropical Dilemmas