Trace A Track
– Students can create plaster casts of different types of animal tracks that they find outside in the wilderness.
– Students will learn about the importance of having food, water, and shelter.
A Beaver Pelt Tale
– Students will learn about some of the important physical adaptations of the beaver, as well as how Native Americans and Europeans had an impact on the beaver population. Click here for script.
Students will learn about some important physical adaptations of streamside critters, while also learning how to make key observations.
Click here for Station 1. Click here for Station 2. Click here for Station 3.
– Students research organisms in an aquatic food web, make a living food web by linking themselves with yarn, learning their organism’s role in the ecosystem.Quick Frozen Critters
– Students go through a simulation to understand predator/prey relationships, how both have adapted physically and behaviorally to survive.Create a Winter Pond
– Students draw a picture of a waterway and its inhabitants in winter based on information they learn.
Streamside Critters Resources included with bins:
These are a series of one to two page general information and fact sheets produced by the PA Game Commission. They are used to aid students in completing the 3 station animal lab and are also useful for independent projects prepared by students.
Streamside Critters Presenter Information Sheet
This is a guide intended for use by an instructor who is preparing to teach about signs of streamside critters. Topics discussed include muskrat middens, chewed nuts, scat topics, buck rubs and scrapes, and beaver chews.
For use in the in class animal lab and field explorations. Included are various field guides to tracks and a guide to skull identification.
This is a two page instruction sheet on how to make plaster casts of animal tracks. It includes helpful tips for casting in dry soils or in snow.