Thursday, January 14, 2016

Lunch For A Bear

Collecting Food For a Black Bear

Lunch For A Bear

This week children identified the kinds of foods that Black Bears eat by creating a plate of "bear food". Take a look at our week of learning.

Quick Facts

Black bears are quiet, shy animals. They can be black, brown, cinnamon, blond, or blue-gray in color. 

Black bear are omnivores, which means they will eat both plant and animal matter. Most of their diet is made up of a variety of plants and plant parts like leaves, berries and nuts. 

What Black Bears eat depends of where they live and what is available at that time of year. In early spring, they eat grasses, shoots and other greens. They will also eat insects, maggots and sometimes the carcasses of dead deer or other animals. In late spring and early summer, they eat honey, berries and leafy plants, as well as ants, wasps and grubs. Occasionally they will kill and eat small animals such as mice, squirrels, fish and frogs and larger ones such as elk calves and fawns. In late summer and early fall, they eat mostly calorie-rich nuts and acorns. At that time of year, the bear must add lots of fat to their bodies so they can make it through the winter months without eating. 

Could a bear live here?
Like all wild animals Black Bears must have all their needs met by their habitat. Black Bears require large areas with lots of different food. They also need streams, ponds or other sources of water for drinking and cooling. They prefer forested and shrubby areas as cover for hiding and keeping warm. In winter, Black Bears need a den, which may be a hollowed-out tree cavity, a hole under a log or rock, a small cave or culvert, or simply a shallow depression in the ground.

Art Project-Paper Plate Bears

After learners collected food cards (meat, nuts, plants, fruit, insects) representing a Black Bear's diet they glued them onto their paper plate bear. 

Music-Bear Went Over the Mountain

The bear went over the mountain
The bear went over the mountain
The bear went over the mountain
To see what it could eat

And what do you think it ate?
And what do you think it ate?

It ate plants* on the mountain
It ate plants* on the mountain
It ate plants* on the mountain
As much as it could eat!

*Replace food for each verse: nuts, insects, fruits, meat.


On Thursday we saw two doe cross the field during morning drop off time!!! Then we found and followed their tracks in our yard. This track, pictured below, went through the trees... so we went through too!

Follow those tracks!
Where did the deer go next?

Montessori-Inspired Work

Shape Stamps
Black Bear Tracks

Parts of our Day

Dramatic Play-Restaurant

After snack we look through a book while soft music is playing (5-10 minutes)

More tracks!

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