In School Program

The One and Only Ivan

Inspired by the novel “The One and Only Ivan” by K.A. Applegate, this program compares the life of Ivan from the story to our gorilla troop here at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. We will be discussing themes of the book; therefore it is best if students have finished the book or movie prior to arriving for the program. We will guide students through the process of analyzing the question “what is the role of modern accredited zoos?” through initial brainstorming, thoughtful discussion, and observation of our gorilla troop and habitat.

Students should be familiar with the story of Ivan. Ideally classes have competed the novel, the short story book, or have watched the film. This program contains spoilers.

Grades: Grade 4 to 6
Length: 60 minutes
Availability: Mondays, December to February
Capacity: Up to 32 students

  • $525 (2 programs)
  • $600 (3 programs)

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Curricular Connections:

  • Express ideas and develop understanding
  • Use prior knowledge
  • Examine the social, cultural, and linguistic characteristics that affect quality of life in communities in other parts of the world
  • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments
  • Experience various texts and relate texts to culture

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