The Forest

 

This is a wall mural we did on forest animals. 

(The labels just say the animal name and who did it)

 

Beginner's Research With Forest Animals

See the projects here.

Forest links:

Woodland Explorer

Explore the Fantastic Forest (requires Shockwave)

Wonderful Resources from the Wisconsin Forestry Website 

(Go to Educator Home page or directly to pdf files)

Temperate Forest Biome Field-trip

Waterford Press

Read Aloud Books:

Guided Reading

Nature Hike (A Wright Group TWiG book, Level D)

We did predictions before we read the book. The checkmarks show the things that actually were in it. On the side, you see a quick vocabulary lesson on prepositions that are in the book.

See our outdoor education trip to the forest! 2004-05

First Grade Research

Seth

My animal is a skunk.

It eats grubs, snails, and garbage.

Its enemies are great-horned owls, automobiles, and humans.

It lives in fields.

It protects itself from its enemies by spraying its enemies.

Aiyanna

My animal is an owl.

It eats rats, mice, voles, chipmunks, lizards and fish.

Its enemies are humans.

It lives in forest trees.

It protects itself from its enemies by camouflage and sharp talons.

Isabella

My animal is a squirrel.

It eats acorns, fruit, and berries.

Its enemies are owls, bobcats, and coyotes.

It lives in hardwoods.

It protects itself from its enemies by jumping and climbing and being agile.

Samuel

My animal is a raccoon.

It eats corn, eggs, and birds.

Its enemies are humans, traps, and automobiles.

It lives near ponds and marshes.

It protects itself by being a fierce climber and fighter.

Alexa

My animal is a rabbit.

It eats crops, peas, and beans.

Its enemies are dogs, bobcats, and lynxes.

It lives in thickets.

It protects itself from its enemies by running fast.

Drew

My animal is a fox.

It eats rabbits, birds, and eggs.

Its enemies are coyotes, bobcats, and wolves.

It lives in the forest.

It protects itself from its enemies by running fast.

Abigail

My animal is a deer.

It eats grasses, acorns, and leaves.

Its enemies are automobiles and hunters.

It lives in fields.

It protects itself from enemies being fast, white tail, and warnings.

Jake

My animal is a raccoon.

It eats corn, grains, and eggs.

Its enemies are traps and dogs.

It lives near streams.

It protects itself from its enemies by climbing.

Hayley

My animal is a bear.

It eats birds, eggs, bees, and ants.

Its enemies are humans.

It lives in woodlands.

It protects itself from its enemies by using its claws.

Riley

My animal is a skunk.

It eats eggs, birds, and insects.

Its enemies are great-horned owls.

It lives in fields.

It protects itself from its enemies by spraying an odor.

Caleb

My animal is a fox.

It eats rabbits, birds, and eggs.

Its enemies are coyotes, wolves, and bobcats.

It lives in the forest.

It protects itself from its enemies by running fast.

Diana

My animal is a squirrel.

It eats acorns and butternuts.

Its enemies are owls and bobcats.

It lives in hardwoods.

It protects itself from its enemies by climbing and jumping and being agile.

Garrett

My animal is a rabbit.

It eats lettuce, young trees, and grasses.

Its enemies are foxes, raccoons, and humans.

It lives in woods.

It protects itself from its enemies by fast running and blending.

 

Sydney

My animal is a black bear.

It eats insects, birds*, and bees.

Its enemies are humans.

It lives in woodlands.

It protects itself from its enemies by using its teeth and claws.

(*raiding bird nests)

Zo

My animal is a rabbit.

It eats crops, grasses, and herbs.

Its enemies are raccoons, dogs, and bobcats.

It lives in thickets.

It protects itself from its enemies by running fast.

Candace

My animal is an owl.

It eats bugs, broad leaves.

Its enemies are humans.

It lives in forest trees.

It protects itself from its enemies by camouflage and sharp talons.

Brandon

My animal is a deer.

It eats grasses, acorns, and leaves.

Its enemies are humans and automobiles.

It lives in a forest.

It protects itself from its enemies by running fast.

McKenzie

My animal is a skunk.

It eats birds, eggs, and insects.

Its enemies are great-horned owls.

It lives in fields.

It protects itself from its enemies by spraying an offensive odor.

I assigned a different forest animal to each pair of students. To help with the research, after the kids looked through books for information, I gave them a copy of this matrix to help them complete their research. Here is the report form I used (only page 1)...which I found on the internet but did not document (please let me know if it is yours and I will put the correct link)

 

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