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Friday, April 30, 2010

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

After blogging to 2-3 classrooms each day, and sharing my experience with more than 200 students during my 2 weeks in the field I am excited to know that I have exposed many learners to very important, cutting edge scientific and technological information.

My time in Nova Scotia teaching "Live From the Field" was an invaluable experience! I could not have asked for a better opportunity to integrate technology and current day science for the students in my community. I am very appreciative to Wells Fargo and my school district for the opportunity they provided me and plan to continue spreading both the scientific and technology information I learned as I teach new groups of students every year! I am excited to implement the action plan my students and I chose this fall as we go back to school and begin an increased recycling program at our school. This will allow us to reduce waste, increase knowledge about the benefits of recycling, and hopefully reduce costs for our school.

I look forward to finding more experiences with Earthwatch that will increase the "realness" of what we teach for our students and make our International Baccalaureate planners something our students can easily connect to.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Last Day

Today was our last day of exploring and observing in Nova Scotia. For our last trip we went to the Seaside Adjunct of Kejimukujik National Park. The trail was about 4 miles and it was mostly along the ocean. The views were beautiful and we got to see a white tailed deer and seals! Enjoy the pictures, I'll see you all on Monday!
Miss Beeman

Thursday, April 23, 2009

First Grade Friends in Nova Scotia

I just wanted to share a few pictures of my first grade friends Kawsar and Aisha exploring and trapping at Cook's Lake!

The door is shut- I wonder if we caught anything?

WE DID! It is a red backed vole.

Look at this neat skull we found in the woods!

Thanks for traveling with me and helping out girls!
Miss Beeman

Friday's Inquiry (our last one for this trip)

Boys and Girls,
My time in Nova Scotia is almost done, while I am sad to be leaving my new friends, I am excited to be back at AQ on Monday! For our last inquiry I'd like to have you look at differences between some skulls we found at Cook's Lake.

? Which mammals have horns? (tree map)
? Which mammals have antlers? (tree map)
? What is the difference between antlers and horns? (double bubble)
? Which mammal do each of these skulls belong to?

Wolf, Eastern Coyote, Coyote Information

Aquila Inquirers,
Thank you very much for all of your hard work and research about the wolf, coyote, and eastern coyote! You all found very interesting information. I am including much of what you told me, along with a few other things I have learned in a chart below so you can see all of it.

For those of you who did not figure it out, the eastern coyote is half wolf and half coyote, so it has characteristics of both animals.

  • has a highly organized social structure centering on a dominant male and a dominant female
  • has been exterminated in many parts of North America
  • works hard for its food—a pack kills only about one large mammal for every 10 chased
  • howls as a form of communication among packs
  • lives and hunts in a pack
  • used to be the most widely spread mammal
Eastern Coyote
  • lived on the western prairies, they were plains animals
  • adapted to a forest environment, including the pursuit of larger deer sized animals
  • larger than the western coyote
  • run in larger, more organized packs
  • hunts in packs in the winter and lone in the summer
  • has such well-developed senses of hearing and smell that a sudden odor or noise can make it change its course in mid-step
  • has very strong-smelling urine, which it uses to mark its territory
  • is a remarkably hard runner
  • adjusts its hunting methods to the prey size and food sources available
  • hunts alone

Thank you again for taking the time to research these mammals!
Miss Beeman

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hello Boys and Girls,
Unfortunately, today was another rainy day in Nova Scotia. Due to the rain we didn't catch very much, in fact, we only had two voles and a chipmunk all day!

Tomorrow morning will be our last day of trapping, we will check our traps and then collect them. Close to lunch I will Skype with most of you and we can talk about the eastern coyote.

On Friday I will Skype with many of you in the morning and you will have a chance to talk to one or both of our scientists. If you have inquiries for them, please write them down and your teacher will pick a few students to ask them questions.

I added a few maps (on the previous entry) for you to look at so you can see where we have been working and visiting! I miss you all lots and I am excited to see you next week!

Miss Beeman