This unit of inquiry was implemented with children ages 3 to 4 with the objective of them understanding that living things have needs that must be respected.
Within their inquiry, children wondered about the way that animal's needs were fulfilled during captivity, as a result of a visit to the zoo in which they reflected on the animal's living conditions.
To further provoke reflections on the concept of captivity, I organized different learning engagements in which I hoped for them to build empathy towards animals in the zoo. We used role play and free play as a way to promote inquiry, reflection and questioning.
The following video shows the play based activities that were carried out with this object in mind.