Please travel with me to Nova Scotia to study Mammals and Climate Change!

Saturday, March 27, 2010


Hi Green Lakers!

Only two more weeks until I leave for Nova Scotia! I am getting really excited. My equipment is almost all set up to video conference with my class "live from the field" and I only need to pick up a couple more things from the store to be ready for my trip!

One of the reasons I wanted to go on this adventure is because I love to travel. That is, I love visiting new places but I kind of hate the time it takes to get somewhere new. There are probably a lot of places that are just as far away as Nova Scotia that I would like to travel to. Want to help me find out what those places are?

Here is the latest challenge for you to answer:

Take a piece of yarn and measure how far it is on a globe to travel from where we live to Halifax, Nova Scotia, then cut the yarn to represent that distance. Now use that same piece of yarn to measure a different city I could visit that is the same distance away from where we live. Which city could I visit that is just as far away from us as the city of Halifax?

Post your answer as a comment to this entry, but remember that you cannot see your answer right away. I will have to let your answer show when I visit this blog next.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


2 of the adults on my expedition team are scientists who live in Nova Scotia, 4 of the adults are teachers just like me from around the country, and 3 of the adults are volunteers from the United States and England. Can you figure out how many people are part of my team, including me?

Second and Third Graders: Only one member of our team is a man. The rest of the team members are women. What fraction of the team are females?

Fourth and Fifth Graders: What percentage of the team is male? If there are five jobs to do each day on the expedition and each member of the team can only do one job per day, how many people will tend to each job in one day if the work is split evenly amongst the team?

Please post your answers as comments. Include your first name and room number. Do NOT post your last name. I will post the correct answers in the next blog entry.

Just so you know, you will not see your comment right away. I will have to allow the comment to appear when I check the blog.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gone Batty


To prepare for my trip to Nova Scotia, our class began research on bats today. We recently finished our research on white-tailed deer, which you may have noticed if you've been to our school and had the chance to pass our bulletin board in the last month. Whitetails and brown bats are two of the mammals I will be studying in Nova Scotia, so this is really good information for us to use while I am teaching from the field!

Here are some new things we learned: Did you know that a bat’s wings are made of skin that connects the fingers, arms, legs, and tail? All mammals have hair on them and so do bats! In fact, they are covered in hair. Their wings are hairless, though. Also, bats have thumbs!! I had no idea. We learned that the skin flaps on their faces help them squeak and they have to squeak in order to see. More about that later, though.

If you have any information you want to share about bats, post it in a comment and I'll share it with my class. Stay tuned to learn more!

*Reminder: your comment will not post automatically. I will have to approve it first.

Friday, March 12, 2010


This blog is the place on the web to check out where I am and what I'm doing between the 10th and 24th of April, 2010.

I am scheduled to fly to Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada on April, 10th. After that, I will be traveling to a rural area where I will be meeting up with a team of adults.

Our team will be studying mammals that live in Nova Scotia, to see if their populations have been affected by climate change. When I find out exactly what we are doing, I will let you know.

Here is your first challenge, Green Lake students: I used some words in this post that might be new to you. Find out what the words that are bolder or darker than the rest of the words in this entry mean. Post your answers as comments to this entry. Don't forget to include your first name and your room number!

Visit this page every weekend for more information and a new challenge.

Just so you know, you will not see your comment right away. I will have to allow the comment to appear when I check the blog.