Monday, March 21, 2016

Who Lives In A Tree?

"We're mixing oil...for the roads...for electricity...."
It's March 9th and 70 degrees! This morning we are surrounded by birds including cardinals, crows, a Pileated woodpecker, a tufted titmouse, chickadees and robins. We spent almost an hour outside in the sand before coming in for morning meeting. We also had the chance to venture down our old Stowe Road to check the river. It was flowing pretty good. We used our 5 senses while out on our walk. Well, actually we didn't taste anything so I guess that makes 4 senses. Here are the children's observations:
I CAN...
   Smell: Dirt & Spring
   Hear: Water, waves, birds, wind, ice cracking
   See: Mud, ice, trees, water, streams & a river, waterfall
   Touch: Mud, cold and warm rocks, ice

Brave explorers venturing out into their woods

This is a trolley! Ding, Ding!

Explorers of all ages observing and recording evidence of wildlife in a tree


During this lesson children develop an awareness of trees and some of the animals that call them home.

Quick Facts

A tree is "home" for many different animals. Some, such as beetles, ants, worms, and spiders, may spend their entire lives in and around a single tree. Others, such as squirrels, raccoons, opossums, or frogs may use one tree as a home base shelter, but venture afield for water, food or mates. Still others, like birds, bees or bats, may use a given tree only for a resting spot, temporary shelter, or to eat a meal. 

Trees provide food and shelter in many ways. Various animals may eat a tree's fruits, seeds, buds, flowers, leaves, bark and even its roots. Even with all the animal activity in and around a tree, it is quite possible to miss seeing any animals on a particular visit to the tree. May times, the animals are quite small and may go unnoticed. Other times, the animals may be hiding or out looking for food somewhere else. If they are not visible, look for clues that animals live in or near the tree. Chewed leaves, empty nests, or abandoned spider webs are all signs that animals live there.

Home Connections

We're learning about some of the animals that live in trees. Birds and squirrels are common and easily seen. Others may need a closer look. Explore the trees in your backyard and neighborhood with your child.

Backyard Tree Count: 

Go on a walk outside with your child. Together count how many trees there are in your backyard or in a certain area. Look closely at them as your count. How many different kinds of trees can you find? Place a leaf under a paper and rub a pencil on the page over the leaf. What do you see? We've talked a lot about how to identify maple, oak, white birch, pine and hemlock trees. See what your child may offer for discussion around these species.

Tree Spies:

Take your child to a natural area that has trees. Do you see any squirrels living there? What about birds or other animals? What are you doing? Can you find any small animals, like ants, moths, or spiders living in or around the trees? Help your child record what you find in his or her Nature Notebook or a paper to hang up to show off!

Learning About Habitats with Habitat Bingo

Responsible: The girls offered to fold the school towels...both days!

Making friends with shapes: "Do you want to play with this cone?"

The Hundred Board & Color Mixing
Painting Trees

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