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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wednesday's Inquiry

Look at the series of pictures below. Talk about the obvious adaptation, then inquire how this could be an "adaptation gone wrong", one that actually can be harming snowshoe hares. (Can anyone tell me how snowshoe hares know when to adapt?)

An extra bonus point to anyone that can tell me other adaptations a snowshoe hare has!


At April 15, 2009 at 1:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had to do some brainstorming to think about which animals would be trapped in those little traps. We knew that the traps would be too small for moose or maybe even raccoons, but it seems like mice, chipmunks, or maybe even squirrels would fit into the traps. We will be excited to see what animals show up in the traps.

We are having a very hard time coming up with how the color change adaptation could be hurting the hares. We suspect that maybe the color change may not always coincide with the weather change so the hares may be white in summer and easily found by their predators. We think that the temperature change in seasons causes their hair to change color. But the weather changes that are happening because of global warming may cause a mix up with their hair color.

We're going to continue to search for other snowshoe hare adaptations.

Mrs. Patel's class

At April 15, 2009 at 2:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Beeman, We love your pictures of the rabbit and of you with the animal traps! Very cool!

We discussed how the snowshoe hare's adaptation "went wrong" by first looking at all of the pictures of the hare and it's surroundings. We immediately noticed that there was a problem with the camouflage. It only "works" 3 out of the 4 times. This problem may cause the hare to become extinct because its predators can see them because they are unable to blend in with their surroundings, especially the babies and predators eat them.

We had a few ideas about when the hare knows when to change it's fur. The first ideas was maybe it sees the snow and turns white/sees the dirt and turns brown. Another idea would be that they can tell with the change in temperature. Like when the weather changes in MN we know to put on a winter coat or shorts based on the change in temperature.

Finally, for bonus points (and we want them) We thought that the large back feet are another adaptation. The large feet are like snowshoes which help the hare move over the top of the snow with out falling through.

Miss Beeman's Class

At April 15, 2009 at 2:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Wednesday!
We have already talked about the coloration adaptation of the snowshoe hare. But, Lazaria noticed that the back feet of the hare are much larger. We think that help the hare walk and run faster on top of the snow. This should help the hare in the winter, but we wonder if the bigger back feet cause problems in the summer.

Also, about the traps that you set... David thinks that you need to set many traps next to each other because some animals might go around one or two of them. We also talked about traps in a small closet compared to traps in the wild. We think that you are setting many traps because it is such a large space outside.

We do have a question about the hay in the traps. We think it is there for food for the animal. But, is it there for protection as well?

Mr. deNeui's class

At April 15, 2009 at 7:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Miss Beeman! Do you have a certain order to catch the animals? And What do you do with the animals after you catch them?


P.S.--Today we all stayed on green!

At April 15, 2009 at 9:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Beeman,
I was not in class this afternoon so will write now.
I think the adaptation of the snowshoe hare is that it has fur on the bottom of its feet to keep it warm in the winter.
Katie Hardie

At April 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM , Anonymous duck said...

Hi Ms Beeman,
this is duck from Mr.Gasteazoro's class what kind of bunnies are those?

At April 17, 2009 at 12:13 PM , Blogger Miss Beeman said...

It is a baby hare!
-Ms. Beeman


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