The Detective Post #9

The frosted trails provided the perfect backdrop for the Nature Detective to conclude our study on nocturnal animals at Woodend! The frozen ground spurred lots of ideas- from measuring frozen tracks to experimenting with breaking ice. It was so fun to watch the Detectives discern and track different nocturnal animal clues on the snowy grounds- we couldn’t have asked for more perfect conditions to learn about our nocturnal counterparts!

 

 

We continued our exploration of the frozen pond, noticing the changes as things began to melt and re-freeze!

 

In the snow, we tracked different animals towards dens and along logs through the snow.

 

Both classes enjoyed trips to the flying squirrel feeder, leaving sunflower seeds on our feeder tray for the squirrels to munch overnight! We also set up our night vision trap camera, and while it didn’t snag a photo of a flying squirrel, we did get one of it’s daytime cousins!

 

We continued our exploration of nocturnal animal super senses inside the classroom! We discussed using a super sense of smell, creating different scented playdough between the classes.

 

We experimented with idea of a bats echolocation, setting up a “sound cave,”  where the students experimented with different instruments and their sounds.

 

We capped off our unit by having a nocturnal animal PJ party! We did glow in the dark painting, created a glow in the dark star lit room in the bathroom, and sharing ANP with our stuffy friends!

 

 

Books we Read:

Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter

Eye Guess by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

Whoo Goes There? by Jennifer A. Ericsson

Night Gliders by Joanna Ryder

Daft Bat by Jeanne Willis

 

Weekly Top Hits:

Flying Squirrel (I’m a Little Teapot)

I saw something in the sky,

It doesn’t fly, but it likes to glide,

Its a grey-brown furry kite,

Soaring around through the night!

Everything is Possum (Everything is Awesome)

Everything is Possum! Everything is cool when at night you can see,

Everything is Possum! When you live in a tree!

Everything is better when you dangle together,

Side by side, you and I,

Gonna play possum together, let’s stay safe forever!

Everything is Possum! Everything is cool when at night you can see,

Everything is Possum! When you live in a tree!

 

Spoiler Alert: Next week we are beginning our Fairies and Gnomes unit!

 

 

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