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Saturday, October 11, 2014

GO BATTY for BATS!


In this newest true-science mystery, you'll share how science detectives tracked down what's been killing a great many bats. So many that little brown bats that were once among the most common kind of bat are in danger of becoming extinct (no more exist). You’ll also discover what's being done to try and save bats of all kinds--even how you can help save your local bats.


Then put what you discovered in this book to work and dig even deeper 
to tackle these activities.







What If You Could HIBERNATE?  


You know what it's like to be asleep. You do it every night. So what if you could hibernate for an entire season the way little brown bats do during the winter? Read about how a bat's body changes during hibernation (read over pages 10 and 11). Then look at this list. Which describes how your body would work if you were hibernating.


1. Your body stays its normal temperature--about 98.6F.
2. You become active sometimes to pass liquid wastes.
3. You become active sometimes to get a drink of water.
4. You eat at least three times a day.
5. Your heart rate drops to a much slower rate than the usual resting rate of 100 beats per minute. 
6. Your immune system isn't nearly as strong in fighting bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

If you could hibernate, which of the four seasons would you choose to skip: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter? Why would you like to miss that one?



What Should We Do?





Here are three ways scientists are trying to help bats survive. Choose the one you believe has the best chance of working. Prepare to tell others why you think this effort is the one to focus on.

*Winifred Frick and her team hope to find bacteria or fungi that could just naturally stop the growth of Pd, the fungus causing the problem. Then bats could be swabbed with this to help them resist infection. (Check it out on pages 38-39)

*David Blehert and his team are trying to find ways to change the temperature and humidity inside hibernation sites. Their goal is to make those sites less likely to encourage Pd to grow. (Check it out on pages 34-35)

*DeeAnn Reeder and her team is working on developing an implant that could be inserted into the bat's bat. It would slowly release a protective chemical into the bat's blood over the winter. (Check it out on pages 36-37)


Once Upon A Field Trip




Find out more about little brown bats. Go online. Use these keyword phrases as you search for information:

1. Little brown bat diet
2. Little brown bat echolocation
3. Little brown bat nursery colonies

 
















Now use your research to write a one-page story.  Pretend you’re on a field trip (during the day or at night). Tell about watching this bat. Work something you learned about this bat’s life into your story. 


And don't miss checking out these sites for ways you and your family can help bats survive!

Organization for Bat Conservation

Bat Conservation International



Monday, September 22, 2014

ARE YOU READY FOR ADVENTURE?



Open this book and set sail.
The E-book is as close as Amazon



What if Columbus was planning his voyage today? 

Would you laugh and say, "How silly!"

Would you stand on the dock and shout, "Good luck?"

Or would you say, "Sign me up! I'm going with you."







Hi Ho It's A Sailor's Life For Me!

Pretend you've heard Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain are funding a voyage of exploration.  



An Italian chap named Christopher Columbus claims he's figured out a sea route to the faraway lands that produce spices and silk. It's an exciting idea because trekking overland to those places is expensive and dangerous. 


Make a list of pros and cons for why you should or shouldn't sign up to join Columbus's crew. Make sure the pros win. 

Then write a letter to your parents--or your best friend--telling you're going and why.

                        
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.

What animals sailed with Columbus?

If you have the book or E-book, read pages 16 and 17. Don't miss the info in the Red Box!


Look at this picture to see one of Columbus's ship getting ready to sail. List all the 
animals you see? Which were stowaways, meaning they weren’t wanted?

This cat looks like my cat "Tiger". But he hates to travel. 


Write a short story about getting ready 
to set sail with Columbus from the ship 
cat’s point of view.





CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.




Anybody Want A Biscocho? (say biz-KOH-choh)


A common sailor's fare onboard was what the Spanish call Biscocho or biscuits. 
                   
Sailor's also called it hardtack. Bake up this recipe and you'll know how this biscuit got it's name.



Recipe
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
*Be sure and check with an adult that's it's okay to whip up this recipe. Have your 
adult partner take the hot tray out of the oven.

In a bowl, mix the flour and salt. Add the water and stir until it's a stiff dough. Then 
knead (push the dough, turn, and push again). Add more flour if necessary to make a 
very dry dough.

Press the dough out so it is only about 1/2 inch thick. Use a bread knife to cut into 
squares. Place the biscocho on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes. 
Remove from oven and cool. Then enjoy! (or at least try)


In Columbus's time, sailors often ate biscotto with sardines or bean soup.








Watch Out For The Sargasso Sea!
If you have the book or E-book, read pages 20 and 21. Don't miss the Sargasso Food Chain.

Columbus's ships sailed into what looked like a gold and green meadow of floating weeds, an area that is now called the Sargasso (sar-GAS-oh) Sea.  Why do you think the sailors thought this meant they were almost to land?  Look at this map to find out where Columbus and his crew really were.
The arrows show sea currents. Why do you think sailors could be trapped in this part of the ocean?


Now, dive in and explore some of the animals living in the Sargasso Sea--the ones in the picture. Next make a mini-book with a little information about any four of these animals: Mahi Mahi, Mako Shark, Dolphins, Baby Eels, Baby Loggerhead Turtles.  You can find information on-line or in books. Add pictures to bring your mini-book to life. And don't forget to give it a title.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W. 4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.


What An Adventure!




Reaching the New World was just the beginning of the adventure.  Read pages 28 and 29 to discover some of the events Columbus and his crew shared.  Next, pretend you were there--part of Columbus's crew. Tell your story about being part of one of those adventures.

CCSS. ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

And, please share. I'd love to pass on ideas you come up with for sharing Animals Columbus Saw with your students. Or photos of your students enjoying these activities.