|Bare trees reveal squirrel nests. (c) Kim M. Bennett, 2012.|
Last month, we spent a lot of time exploring the world of fall, seeing treasures revealed when the leaves fall off the trees. One unexpected sighting was a massive squirrels' nest, in a red oak near our driveway.
Our discovery led my youngest son to request that we re-read The Burgess Animal Book for Children (BABC), from the beginning. If you are following along in BABC, this study would accompany the section on squirrels (the third "study" in the book).
Read along for a nature study on squirrels nests, which includes many ideas we've used over the years.
|Our favorite animal study read-aloud!|
If you want to fill a book basket with books to go along with this study, here are some of our family favorites:
- The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, by Beatrix Potter (my youngest brother was a big Beatrix Potter fan)
- Miss Suzy, by Miriam Young (my own childhood favorite)
- Rakkety Tam (Redwall Series #17), by Brian Jacques (a favorite of my eldest son)
- Nuts to You!, by Lois Ehlert (all my kids loved Lois Ehlert's collage illustrations - a great thing to try for your creative arts connections, if you use the "Five in a Row" approach to homeschooling)
My little guy grew up surrounded by technology, and enjoys reading books on our NOOK Color. The e-Books compatible with the NOOK are available at Barnes & Noble. We noticed that there are several free ones with great photos of squirrels:
- The Squirrels of Summer, by Robert Mason
- Everybody Loves Squirrels, by Richard Gerard
- Gunshin Date, the Samurai Squirrel, Max M. Power
|Gray squirrel nest (c) Kim M. Bennett 2012|
We studied the two bird nests on the front porch (the squirrel nest, of course, was WAY up in a tree), discussing their similarities and differences, but you could also use a double bubble map (see "Comparing Nests: The 'Same and Different' Center" for examples of how to use a double bubble map with individual students or groups of students, or in a classroom).
We love the Exploring Creation series, and are using Land Animals of the Sixth Day this year. Pages 113-118 cover "Mouse-Like Rodents," including the squirrels. The material is very much like that of the BABC.
|Nest of the Northern Oriole (c) Kim M. Bennett 2012|
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Other Resources:My son and I created a set of notebooking pages to use in conjunction with our squirrel study. Since he was already working on another writing project, we mostly used the organizing tools (have I told you before that my son is NOT an avid notebooking enthusiast? He would rather fill notebooks full of action stories, so I choose my battles carefully...)
|Nests, Nests, Nests!, a 25-page resource. $1.95|