S: Read in the Wildest Places
BC: Hope you've all enjoyed this year's I Love to Read Week. Read in the Wildest Places http://www.buildyourwildself.com/
FC: Read in the Wildest Places
1: Read in the Wildest Places by ACS Elementary School Grades 1 to 5
2: Grade 1 will have fun in Australia. Grade 2 will travel through the European wilderness (whatever is left of it). Grade 3 will go back to Africa. Grade 4 is taking on the expanse of Asia. Grade 5 will explore North America and South America.
3: Read in the Wildest Places http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/map.html
5: Grade 1A It's not a bear. It smells like cough drops. It's name comes from the Aboriginal word meaning "no drink. What is it?
6: The Koala Bear Koalas are marsupials, a type of mammal. They are not bears. They have a pouch on their bodies like kangaroos. Koalas live, eat, and sleep in the top of eucalyptus trees, also known as gum trees. Koalas have 2 thumbs on their front paws to help grip branches. Koalas are herbivores. They eat grass, leaves and fruits.
9: Grade 1B It's very rare. Its skin is poisonous. It is bright yellow and black colors. The bright colors scare the predators away. It crawls; it doesn't jump. It's really really tiny. It is endangered. A disease is attacking it. The weather is changing (global warming) and that disturbs their life cycle. The sun (heat) is drying up the swamps that the tadpoles need. It hatches from eggs. What is it?
10: Corroboree Frog
11: Photo Credits: http:news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/10/xin_10203051014252812857037.jpg http:www.abc.net.au science/scribblygum/june2004/img/fcloseup.jpg
13: Grade 1C Eats worms and shrimp Lives in ONLY 2 Australian swamps Thought to be extinct, but was rediscovered in 1953 What is it?
17: Grade 2A We live in a packs. We are good hunters. We howl to call the pack together. Who are we?
19: Wolves They live in packs. Their leader is called the alpha wolf. There are two types of wolves: red wolf and grey wolf. They are marvelous hunters. They howl to call the pack together before or after a hunt. They all belong to the same species: Canis Lupus (Canis = dog and Lupus = wolf)
21: Grade 2B We live in groups. We are meat eaters. We work together/ We adapt to many environments. Who are we?
22: The Gray Wolf 1. Gray wolves live in groups called packs. 2. They are meat eaters. 3. They work together to catch their prey. 4. They adapt to many environments. 5. They can eat anything from mice to moose.
25: Grade 2C I do not chew. I have sharp teeth. I don't have feet. I can live underground. I can't move on ice. I can't move backwards. I am very long and live in water. I always stare at enemies. What am I?
26: Facts about our endangered animal. You can only kill me if you crush my head. I do not chew. I have sharp teeth. I don't have feet. I can hunt in the dark. I can be as long as a bus. I can eat something 3 times as big as my head. I don't have table manners. I am a reptile. I have elastic skin. My tail can make sound. I can live underground. I can't move on ice. I can't move backwards. I am very long and live in water. I always stare at enemies.
29: Grade 2D We eat mostly fruit and insects. We can fly, yet we are mammals. We are nocturnal? We can live to be 40 years old. Who are we?
31: These are some bat facts we discovered: - There are about 1,000 different species of bats worldwide. - A bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour. - Bats can be found almost everywhere in the world, expect in cold/polar regions. - They eat mostly insects and fruits. - It is the only mammal capable of true flight. - It migrates or hibernates in winter. - They find shelter in caves, crevices, and any dark places. - They can live up to forty years. - They are nocturnal creatures.
33: Grade 3A We are mammals. We live in herds. We have large tusks. Who are we?
37: Grade 3B We are able to stand upright, but we prefer to move around by knuckle-walking. We are peaceful and very social and prefer to live together in family groups or troops with 2 to 20 individuals. We are herbivores and feed only on fruits, plants, and tree bark. Who are we?
38: Western Lowland Gorilla
39: Grade 3B students watched a video and then read from Earth's Endangered Creatures. Each student wrote at least one fact about the gorillas. Those facts have been compiled and shared below. http://www.earthsendangered.com/profile.asp?gr=M&view=c&ID=1&sp=175 The gorilla is the largest of all living primates and consists of two species. The life span of the gorilla is about 50 years. Gorillas have heavy necks. Gorillas are herbivores and feed only on fruits, plants, and tree barks.
40: The western lowland gorilla is listed as endangered and is found in the tropical forests of western Africa from southern Nigeria to the Congo River. The Western Lowland Gorilla is found deep in rain forests. Adult males can weigh up to 450 lb and can reach 5 feet 9 inches tall. Females may only grow half the size of adult males. The baby rides on the mothers back until it reaches 3.5 to 4 years of age.
41: Gorillas are active in the morning. Gorillas are able to stand upright, but prefer to move around by knuckle-walking. Gorillas arms are longer than their legs. They could use the back of their fingers as extra feet as they walk. They are peaceful and very social and prefer to live together in family groups or troops with 2 to 20 individuals. Gorillas are threatened by illegal hunting by humans mainly for their meat, and some young gorillas are captured and sold.
43: Grade 3C I am one of the world's tallest mammals. I have a really long neck. I can go for days without water, because I get moisture from leaves. Who am I?
45: Grade 3C
46: Giraffe DESCRIPTION: Giraffes are one of the world's tallest mammals. They are well known for their long necks, long legs, and spotted patterns. Giraffes have small "horns" or knobs on top of their heads that grow to be about five inches long. These knobs are used to protect the head in fights. SIZE: Male giraffes are larger than females. Males weigh between 2,400 and 3,000 pounds and stand up to 19 feet tall! Female giraffes weigh between 1,600 and 2,600 pounds and grow to be 16 feet tall.
47: POPULATION: Giraffe populations are relatively stable. http://www.veeriku.tartu.ee/~ppensa/giraffe3.jpg
48: LIFESPAN: Healthy giraffes live about 25 years in the wild. RANGE: Giraffes can be found in central, eastern and southern Africa. HABITAT: Giraffes live in the savannas of Africa, where they roam freely among the tall trees, arid land, dense forests and open plains. FOOD: Their long necks help giraffes eat leaves from tall trees, typically acacia trees. If they need to, giraffes can go for several days without water. Instead of drinking, giraffes stay hydrated by the moisture from leaves. BEHAVIOR: Giraffes are non-territorial, social animals. They travel in large herds that are not organized in any way. Herds may consist of any combination of sexes or ages.
49: OFFSPRING: Female giraffes typically give birth to one calf after a fifteen-month gestation period. During the first week of its life, the mother carefully guards her calf. Young giraffes are very vulnerable and cannot defend themselves. While mothers feed, the young are kept in small nursery groups. THREATS: Giraffes are hunted for their meat, coat and tails. The tail is prized for good luck bracelets, fly whisks and string for sewing beads. The coat is used for shield coverings. Habitat destruction and fragmentation are also threats to giraffe populations. Source: ESpecies Fact Sheet http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/giraffe.html
51: Grade 3D I am nocturnal. I live in many kinds of habitats - forests, mountains, grasslands, and deserts. I am very agile. I can leap up to 20 feet. I am also a good swimmer. Who am I?
53: DESCRIPTION: Leopards are medium-sized cats found in a range of colors from pale yellow to gray to chestnut. A leopards shoulders, upper arms, back and haunches are marked with dark spots in a rosette pattern, while the head, chest and throat are marked with small black spots. Large black spots cover the leopards white belly. Black, or melanistic, leopards are common, especially in dense forests.
54: SIZE Leopards are 1.5 to 2.6 feet tall at the shoulder. They are three to six feet long, with a tail that is two to 3.5 feet long. Males weigh between 82 and 200 pounds, females are slightly smaller. LIFESPAN: Leopards live for up to 20 years. RANGE: Leopards are found throughout most of Africa and Asia from the middle east to the Soviet Union, Korea, China, India, and Malaysia. Photo to be inserted.
55: HABITAT: Leopards are found in a variety of habitats including forests, mountains, grassland and deserts. FOOD: Leopards eat small hoofstock such as gazelle, impala, deer and wildebeast. On occasion, they may also hunt monkeys, rodents and birds. BEHAVIOR: Leopards are nocturnal animals, meaning they are active at night. During the day, they rest in thick brush or in trees. Leopards are solitary, preferring to live alone. They are very agile and good swimmers. They are able to leap more than 20 feet. OFFSPRING: Following a 90 to 105 day gestation, one to six kittens are born. The average litter size is two or three. Kittens weigh about one pound when they are born. They will stay with their mother for 18 to 24 months. THREATS: Fur trade, human encroachment. Information Source: http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/leopard.html
56: Endangered Animals of ASIA
57: Grade 4A
59: Grade 4B
60: Snow Leopard
61: Grade 4C
62: Butterflies | Butterflies are brightly colored flying insects with two pairs of large wings that vary in color and pattern from species to species. Their wings are covered with overlapping rows of tiny scales, a characteristic butterflies share with their fellow lepidopterans, the moths. Like other insects, butterflies have a hard exoskeleton, three pairs of jointed legs, antennae, compound eyes and three main body parts: head, thorax and abdomen. On the head are the eyes, antennae and proboscis the long, flexible tongue used to sip nectar and other liquids. The thorax is the point of attachment for the two pairs of wings, forewings and hindwings. The abdomen contains the reproductive and other vital organs. Source: Defenders of Wildlife http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/butterflies.php
63: Grade 5A | Size Butterflies come in a variety of sizes. The worlds smallest known species, the blue pygmy found in southern California, has a wingspan of just over half an inch. The largest species, New Guineas Queen Alexandras birdwing, can measure up to twelve inches from wingtip to wingtip. Lifespan The average lifespan for an adult butterfly is 20 to 40 days. Some species live no longer than three or four days; others may live up to six months.
64: Diet A caterpillars first meal is its own eggshell. It then spends most of its time eating the leaves of the plant on which it hatched. An adult butterfly uncoils its long, straw-like proboscis to sip nectar from flowers, juice from rotting fruit and water from puddles. Population Exact numbers are not known since there are about 17,500 species of butterflies spread throughout almost the entire world,. Range Butterflies are found worldwide except on the continent of Antarctica. Many species migrate to avoid adverse conditions. Most migrate relatively short distances, but monarchs and several other species migrate thousands of miles.
65: Behavior Life Cycle From egg to adult, butterflies undergo a series of physical transformations known as metamorphosis. After mating, the female butterfly lays her eggs on a caterpillar food or host plant. The eggs can hatch within a few days, or within months or even years, depending on whether or not conditions are right. After hatching, a caterpillar begins to eat the host plant. The caterpillar sheds its skin several times during this stage. It then seeks a sheltered spot, suspends itself by silken threads and sheds one last time to reveal skin that will harden to form the chrysalis or pupa. Days, months or even years later, depending on the species, a fully developed winged adult emerges from the chrysalis and the cycle begins anew. Want to know more? Read online at Defenders of Wildlife. http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/butterflies.php
67: Grade 5B
68: Grade 5C Black Bear It is a solitary animal. It adapts quickly to different environments. The mother gives birth every 2 years and more, but if the cub dies then the mother will give birth after one year. It lives in about 40 different places in North America. Its average life span in the wild is 10 years. It is the smallest of the 3 bears. They are omnivores.
70: Grade 5D Compilation Tidbits The Mexican Bobcat got on the endangered animals list in 1976. The Diet of the Margay is small mammals, birds and eggs. The Margay can eat its whole prey on a tree. The Margay is an Endangered Species, found only in Central America (Mexico) and some parts of South America. Marmot's love peanut butter! Bears are one of the most amazing animals. They eat over a thousand pounds to get ready for the winter. Did you know that a lynx doesn't chew its food? It swallows it immediately. It also lives in snow. A adult lynx weighs about 18-22 pounds.
71: Did you know A Scarlet Macaw's beak and teeth are so strong that it can bite off a finger, hand, head, stomach or an ear? Did you know that Beluga whales are the only type of whales that are born sometimes brown and then fade color to white as they get older? Did you know that the beach mouse is an endangered species in the Americas? It lives in holes under the sand and is found in Florida and the south- west states. Wonder why its an endangered species? Because its so cute and squishy and soft, so then the kids, when they see them, grab them by their necks. Result: They die. Vampire bats carry rabies. They are also excellent leapers and amazing crawlers. They crawl to attack quietly. The Florida Panther is the Florida state animal, and it is one of the most endangered animals on Earth. Did you know that Leopards communicate by growling and movements?
72: An Ocelot looks like a panther but it has darker spots and a panther has lighter spots. There are about 100 thought to be left in the United States. They are also located in Mexico, South America and Central America.
74: Grade 5 ASL
76: Lower School Library Artwork: Mrs. Hantes - ACS Parent
77: Asian Tigers Tigers are the largest carnivore mammals on land. Five types of tigers live in Asia: The Amoy, Sumatran, Indo-Chinese, Siberian and the Bengal Tigers. Each tiger has a different pattern of stripes. Just like each human has a different set of fingerprints. Unlike other cats, Tigers love swimming. Mills, Andrea. Animals Like Us. The Worlds Endangered Creatures Speak Out. London. Dorling Kindersley Ltd. 2005.
79: Sea Otters Baby otters, called pups, are born with yellow fur which turns brown as they get older. They learn to dive when they are two months old. Sea Otters use tools. They use rocks and pebbles to break shells. They also use kelp as a bed to float on and as a cover to keep from drifting away. Mills, Andrea. Animals Like Us. The Worlds Endangered Creatures Speak Out. London. Dorling Kindersley Ltd. 2005.
83: Bibliography Notes http://animalphotos.info/a/ Images on this site are under creative commons and are free to use on web sites and other projects. Kidspiration3 Defenders of Wildlife http://www.defenders.org/ Kids Planet Fact Sheets www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/map.html Links on specific pages provided by teachers.