As the sun begins to set earlier on the horizon and the days grow darker and cooler, most animals are already preparing for the long, cold months ahead.
Many animals that live all over the world in temperate climates cannot survive, or at least thrive well, in colder weather. They begin to make important changes and/or plans for the upcoming winter.
Some animals will migrate to warmer climates, while others will nest away for the entire winter in hibernation. Still others will make preparations or have adaptations that will help them survive months without a reliable food source.
During the Coping with the Cold nature study, you’ll learn how and why animals prepare for the winter season as you make autumn observations. Then move right into the next season and learn how various animals spend the winter days.
Seventeen exciting nature walks will help you:
- record the busyness of animals storing food for the winter
- locate possible burrows and dens
- observe migration patterns
- find animal tracks in the snow
- notice winter adaptations
- and much, much more!
Back indoors, choose from more than 50 fun and meaningful hands-on or research-based activities. As usual, choose one activity or fifty – it’s your choice!
- complete insulation experiments
- learn about adaptation rules
- discover hibernation variations
- create projects to demonstrate animal adaptations
- map migration flyways,
- make your own hibernation hub
- and these name just a few of the many ideas!
Fourteen notebooking pages supply you with attractive, ready-made lessons.
As cold weather approaches, don’t stop nature study. There’s an entire season of creation just waiting to be discovered!
This NaturExplorers guide can be used in autumn and/or winter. It goes well with any study of the seasons, weather, or general biology.
60 pages, digital curriculum