|Source: A Year of Hands-on Science.|
Animals in Winter
How do animals cope with winter? Have students work with partners on an Animals in Winter scavenger hunt.
Give each team a list of five animals. Have students use class and library resources to locate three pieces of information on each animal:
Does the animal hibernate, enter dormancy, or remain active in winter?
What is the animal's winter habitat?
What are the animal's winter sources of food?
A starter list follows.
Little Brown Bat (hibernates; in a cave or mine; does not need food for winter)
Black Bear (dormant; finds shelter in caves or in roots under fallen trees; stores food as fat for winter)
Meadow Mouse (active; tunnels under snow; eats seeds, roots, and stems)
Striped Skunk (dormant; winters in fields and woods; eats insects, roots, berries, small animals)
Woodchuck (hibernates; burrows below frost line; doesn't need food)
Snowshoe Hare (active; winters in woods and brush; eats bark, buds, own droppings)
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