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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Day Twelve

Beavers, Ants and Survival Skills

Watching the beavers last night was awesome.  My friend Sue has an amazing camera that zoomed right in to the beavers.  Click on the picture she took to see it big.  I got a fantastic view thanks to my amazing binoculars! It was cold sitting on the bank of the water being as silent as we could be, but it was worth it.  I saw three beavers and one muskrat swimming and eating and grooming themselves.  The beavers were big and really cute! One beaver was watching us, trying to figure out what we were.  He kept swimming laps in front of us and he wouldn't take his eyes off of us. The beaver lodge they lived in was a really nice one.  I didn't have a super zoom camera like Sue's, but I did my best taking a picture of it.
The opening to the lodge is on the right.  The island on the left is the area where they would swim to and eat some twigs.  It's the same one the beaver is sitting on in the picture Sue took.  I really wish there were beavers in Green Lake so I could take my students to watch beavers.  A couple of times, the beavers would get worried about us and slap their tails on the water.  It was so loud, the first time it scared me and I almost dropped my binoculars!

Today, we learned some survival skills in case we might ever get lost in the middle of nowhere. We learned how to make fire and how to catch an animal for food using sticks and twine.  I took two videos.  The first one shows Dr. Newman trying to make fire and the second shows Emma volunteering to be the trapped animal in our animal trap.  She was a good sport.  I think she had fun!

I took one more video when we came upon a very unusual ant hill yesterday.  The ants were all covering the hill instead of just a few running around.  I tried to take a picture, but it didn't look like anything except a black circle.  In the video, if you look carefully, you can see these are ants and you can see them moving around.

Weird, hm?  We have no idea why they weren't inside the ant hill.

This evening, we are having a birthday party for the earth.  My team is also giving gifts to the scientists to thank them.  I brought gifts that have animals on them that live in the Pacific Ocean near my home.  If we have time, we will use bat detectors tonight.  I hope we do.  I'm very excited to see some bats!

Room 5, please add 3 beavers and 1 muskrat to the data you are collecting.  Also, I just realized no one answered my question from the other day: My partner and I set 20 traps total. We set half in the grassland area and half in the woodland area. How many traps did my partner and I set in the grassland area and how many traps did we set in the woodland area? Remember to tell me your strategy and not just the answer! If you haven't done so already, check the comments from the field sign challenge the other day to see what the answers were.


  1. Sofia said you set 10 for each and I remembered she said 10 for grasslands.

    William said 20 for each because the grassland area is giant.

    Josie said 10 because in my head I split 20 into two equal parts.

    Milo said 11 for each because I think they were both small.

    Caroline thinks 10 for the grasslands because there aren't much animals in the grasslands.

    Chey thinks 10 because it seems like it's 10.

  2. Good job Room 5! The answer is 10 and Josie has a really good strategy: 20 is 2 ten sticks, right? So half of 20 is 1 ten stick, which equals 10!