Habitat Hunt (1) / National Wildlife Federation, 2001
Students conduct a search for important habitat elements for several animals. See page 2 for modifications for grades K-2.
Habitat Hunt K-8 (2) / National Wildlife Federation
This is a different version from the above. Part of Creating Schoolyard Habitats publication. Activity is on page 14.
In a Minute / Ranger Rick's Notebook
Students record everything they see, hear, smell, and feel in one minute's time in two different places.
Animals in Winter / Ranger Rick's Notebook
Students look for signs of animals in the schoolyard and record what they find on a data sheet.
Forcing Buds / Forest Academy
This activity involves observing tree branch buds opening by "forcing" them in the classroom.
Observe Tree Buds / Adapted from National Wildlife Federation
You can use this activity to learn more about your adopted tree. Students pick a branch and tie a piece of ribbon to it, take a photo or draw a picture of the branch and buds. Then check on it every month to see how it is doing. Record its progress (bud to flower/leaves).
Assessing a Habitat (Ranger Rick's Educator Guide)
Assessing a Habitat (National Wildlife Federation)
Who Can Live Here? (National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitats Program/9-12)
Sensory Discovery Walk (National Wildlife Federation/National Wildlife Week 2005)
Tree for All Seasons, Robin Bernard
This eye-catching, large format, photographic picture book will delight beginning readers. All the vocabulary, language, and concepts in this carefully researched, 16-page book is geared to young children so that they can practice their reading skills as they discover, explore, and learn.
Outside Your Window, Nicola Davies | J811 DAV |
The buzz of bees in summertime. The tracks of a bird in the winter snow. This beautiful book captures all the sights and sounds of a child’s interactions with nature, from planting acorns or biting into crisp apples to studying tide pools or lying back and watching the birds overhead. No matter what’s outside their windows — city streets or country meadows — kids will be inspired to explore the world around them. Outside Your Window is a stunning reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered.
Scholastic Reader Level 2: Hibernation
Learn all about animals and what they do during the winter!
During the cold winter months, some animals go into a deep sleep called hibernation. You'd be surprised to learn about all of the other animals that hibernate besides bears, like squirrels, woodchucks, chipmunks and bats. Children will learn how an animal prepares for hibernation by stuffing itself with food so that it can survive in its dormant months and how animals prepare safe spots, like dens and burrows, so that they will be protected from predators as they sleep.
How and Why Animals Prepare for Winter, Elaine Pascoe
Over and Under, Kate Messner | E Fic MES |
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow lies a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals making their winter home under the snow. This beloved nonfiction picture book exploring the subnivean zone reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.
Why do Animals Migrate?, Bobbie Kalman | J591.56 |
This book, containing fabulous photographs, will bring migrating animals, the navigational tools they use, and the challenges they face, to life for children.
Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold, Joyce Sidman | J811 SID |
In this outstanding picture book collection of poems by Newbery Honor-winning poet, Joyce Sidman (Song of the Water Boatman, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night), discover how animals stay alive in the wintertime and learn about their secret lives happening under the snow. Paired with stunning linoleum print illustrations by Rick Allen, that celebrate nature's beauty and power.
Winter Trees, Carole Gerber | E Fic GER |
Join a boy and his dog as they use their senses of sight and touch to identify seven common trees in the snow covered forest. Intricate illustrations and lyrical text make distinguishing different types of trees easy--even in the middle of winter, when only bare branches stand like skeletons against the sky.
American Museum of Natural History
National Wildlife Organization
Project Learning Tree