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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What's For Dinner?

Carnivores, Herbivores, and Omnivores... Oh My! 

The rain, wind and chilly fall weather did not deter our class from enjoying the great outdoors as we learned about what animals eat last Wednesday. After sorting animals into their respective food categories, labeling them as either a carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, decomposer, or plants as producer, we examined a couple skulls. We learned that you can tell what an animal eats based on their teeth. If they have sharp teeth they are a carnivore; if they have flat teeth they are an herbivore and if they have a combination they are an omnivore. 
 Every living thing needs energy in order to live. Every time animals do something like jumping, running, or climbing they use energy. So how do we get energy? They get it from the food they eat! A food chain shows how each living thing gets food and how the energy and nutrients are passed from creature to creature.We played around with these fun stack-able food chain cups to illustrate the food chain and then, using puppets, they acted out different food chains.
We ended the day dissecting owl pellets! They had so much fun finding all the little bones in the pellets. 
They are such great little scientists!

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