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Creatures of the Forest
What You Are Going To Do!
You are going to be learning about the forest and the different animals that live there.
First, you will go on a field trip to Brookfield Zoo. You will visit Indian Lake and Wolf Woods. You will be taking a nature walk to explore the different parts of the forest and observe all the animals you see.
Next, you are going to become an author of your very own book! This book will be about a forest and the animals that live in it.
Observe the different parts of the forest as you explore Indian Lake and Wolf Woods.
Make a list all of the animals sighted on the nature walk.
Describe the different parts of the forest and make a list of the similarities and the differences.
Organize the animals according to which part or parts of the forest they live.
Compare and contrast the similarities and differences of the animals in each part of the forest.
Think of the types of food that the animals eat in the different parts of the forest.
In your book there will be four chapters:
In the Trees
On the Ground
Under the Ground
In the Water
In each chapter there will be:
A drawing or picture of one part of the forest
The name of the part of the forest
A drawing or a picture of three different animals that live in that part of the forest
The name of each animal and the part of the forest in which it lives.
How to Make Your Book
Explore the Internet or other resources to develop a list of animals living in the forest that you may not have seen.
Make a list of all the animals you have observed or read about.
Draw or find a picture of each different part of the forest and label it.
For each different part of the forest, draw or find and label a picture of three different animals.
Put your book together.
Share your book with the class.
Read the names of the animals you have chosen and tell a little about their lives in the forest.
COOL WEB SITES TO EXPLORE
Forest Animals: Questions and Answers About by Michael Chinery (Describes animals and their natural habitats, colorful illustrations)
A Log's Life: by Wendy Pfeffer (Story of organisms living near a tree)
The Magic School Bus Hops Home: by Joanna Cole (Wetland habitats)
On the River ABC's: by Caroline Stutson (ABC's of plant and animal life along a river)
Tree Life: A close-up look at the natural world of a tree: by Theresa Greenaway (colorful photos and information on bugs, frogs, lizards, etc.)
Caterpillar and the Polliwog: by Jack Kent. (Book and video that describe the metamorphosis of caterpillars and frogs) Grades K-3
See How They Grow: Forest Animals (1995)
See How They Grow: Tree Animals (1996)
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