Winter Challenge #9, Mammals
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We chose the Eastern Grey Squirrel as our mammal of choice. We did have to drive to find a squirrel, we have none that come to our yard. There are not enough trees for them here. We compared the squirrel to our bunny, since the are both in the same Order in Scienctific Classification. We found their similarity, other than being mammals, was the sharp front teeth. We all enjoyed learning a new word, Scat, not as in Scat Cat, but as in animal waste products. Our bunny produces huge amounts of scat in a week:)
|Gracie-Girl spotted this drey while we were driving around.|
I have to share Little Guy's narration, he is 3.5 and wanted to make sure I copied it down just as he said:
"We saw one baby squirrel nest and 2 bird nests and Mommy birdies and Daddy birdies."This proves you can not start nature study too young, or start narration to young. He just put into practice what he has seen his big sissies doing!
|Here is Kae-Kae's journal entry.|
Back to DRIVING for a Nature Walk. We rolled the windows down, turned up the heat and would drive a little and then pull to the side and oberve. We do a lot of our bird watching this way. Sometimes it is just easier with so many little people. But, we also did our homework of identifying Elements of Shape in Nature as part of our Lesson 1 for Drawing with Children.
How did your Mammal study go?