This morning, I read the following book:
This lead to a great discussion and brainstorming activity about what other wild animals have adapted to live in the city. We spent time working in pairs or in small groups and got a lot of great ideas:
We then watched a Magic School Bus DVD called In the City: Critters. This talked further about adaptations animals have made so that they can not only survive, but thrive, in an urban area. Animals have plenty to eat, lots of hiding spots, and plenty of places they can call home. Peregrin falcons, raccoons, opossums, rats, and foxes were all examined.
I could tell that some children were still thinking about animals in the city at snack time, as I found this sweet note written by Juliana on our "We Have a Dream" chalkboard (now located at the front of school):
I will be sending details home about a research project. Each student will be choosing a city animal to learn about, specifically on how they can survive in an urban area. Look for an email in the next day or two outlining the project.