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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time to Migrate!

One way that animals deal with the harsh winter conditions is by migrating. As the days get shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, animals know it is time to travel.  Many animals choose to leave their current home to travel to a warmer place with better food, water and shelter. Animals that migrate include the Humpback Whale, the Monarch Butterfly, Hummingbirds, and Canadian Geese. The Arctic Tern has one of the longest migrations- from the Arctic all the way down to Antarctica! 

To get a better understanding of migration- we decided that our class needed to go on a migration journey. So equipped with a map of Riverbend and our trusty compass we left the warmth of the barn for the northern tip of Riverbend's property where we would begin our journey. Using landmarks along the way, much like how many animals navigate while migrating, we mapped our way to the top of the Stone Story Circle. It was very cold and it had begun snowing by the time we arrived "up north". 
After looking at our maps and making a game plan for our migration down "south", we began our journey. The warm barn with fresh bread was waiting for us. Along the way we stopped at different landmarks to be sure that we were on the right path. 
After our long migration, we warmed up inside and enjoyed the fresh bread they made earlier that morning. 
Examining a map and globe, we mapped out the paths of some migrating animals and learned about how geese fly in a "V" formation to save energy. We had a lot of fun honking like geese as we tried out flying in a "V" formation around the room. For journal time, we practiced writing  migration and sketched our migration path around Riverbend. 
Check out some of the other interesting things we found on our journey! 

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." 
-John Steinbeck

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