The 5 Habits Framework

1) Evidence (How do I know what's true?)

2) Perspective (Who might think differently?)

3) Connections (What other areas of knowledge are connected?)

4) Supposition (How might it be different if..?)

5) Significance (Is this important?)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Zebras Flee Philly Circus

Animals Run Through the Streets in One of America's Largest Cities

They are already sporting old-timey prisoner getup, police quipped.

1)  In what ways are tweets better evidence of current events than traditional media?  What is the relationship between truth and the number of followers a social media user has?

2)  In what ways might an animal rights activist view this positively?  A hunter?  Why might a police officer feel differently about this than a 9 year old?  

3)  In what ways is this connected sports?  How might this be connected to your daily commute to school?  In which class would this story be most appropriate to study?  

4)   How might this have been different if elephants had escaped?  Lions?  What might happen if circuses were banned?  

5)  What are some basic assumptions about circuses?  zoos?  Farms?  What might be the long-term consequences of this situation?

Extension Activities:

1)  Students can research the claims made in the film "Blackfish" about the treatment of orcas and write a defense of animal-focused attractions.

2)  Students can write a new section of the driver's handbook to include appropriate actions when wild animals are running through the streets.

AoK:  Human Sciences

WoK:  Imagination


  1. To what degree would this be appropriate for school viewing? I under stand how this would be exciting but there is inappropriate language. In what way would you need more than maybe 3 cop cars on the road?

  2. To what degree would a teacher think differently than the circus owner ? Why would someone post a video?

  3. To what degree do teachers, and parents think about the video that had bad words said in it? How do the townspeople think about wild zebras running around and going restroom peoples backyards? At what point did the zebras get back to the Circus Master? Was it a day? Week? A month? Were is the evidence? Was the traffic bad? Was people stopping suddenly , then they causing a crash?