Today I have a new Hibernation Unit to share with you today! It is more than 25 pages and covers:
- why animals hibernate,
- terms such as torpor, brumation, estivation, diapause, endotherms vs. ectotherms.
- where animals hibernate and spend the winter
- Plus, it covers the dangers of hibernation.
The Winter Packet is now 100+ pages! First, let me explain what this new hibernation unit covers. Then I will talk about what else is in the Winter Packet.
Why do animals hibernate? In the winter, it is often extremely and food is scarce. Animals hibernate to avoid life threatening situations: extremely cold temperatures; lack of food or water. Animals find warm winter shelters. Their body temperature drops. They breathe less often. Their heartbeats slow. They don’t eat or drink much (or at all). Many hibernators live off stored body fat until the spring. Other animals, must find shelter from the cold temperatures.
Animals have a variety of strategies they use to get through the winter. You’ll find out more in our Hibernation Packet!
These pages and activities go over many of the scientific terms developed to explain animal behavior.
Animals have a variety of strategies they use to get through the winter — everything from hibernating in dens or burrows to burying themselves in the mud or finding cover under leaves, bark, and rocks. Scientists have come up with different terms to explain the differences in the way animals spend the winter or other difficult seasons. Some of the topics we covered in this unit include
- Endotherms vs. ectotherms
Plus, there is material on
- Animal stages throughout the year
- Where animals hibernate
- Dangers of hibernation
Animals find a safe, protected place to spend the winter. Some animals may create burrows, others spend the winter in dens. Some animals seek protection under dirt, leaves and rocks, others will find shelter in caves or on under the mud under water.
This unit has a number of notebook pages, an interactive notebook activity, matching page, and tracing page. There are student pages (with fill in the blanks), with answer pages provided. Since some families just read these aloud together the answers are not highlighted.
There are some pages that are more suitable for younger students. For example, you might want to go over the pages about hibernation, brumation & diapause with older students, but have your younger kids just cover the page on hibernation and brumation and/or do the interactive notebook activity provided. There is also a tracing pages that explain where animals hibernate.
The Dangers of Hibernation: The sad fact is, many of the animals that hibernate don’t make it through the winter. 🙁 At the bottom of this post, I’ll link to an amazing video of a fox hunting a field mouse deep beneath the snow!
Here is the video of the fox hunting a field mouse deep beneath the snow:
What else is included in the Winter Packet? I will include photos of these below!
- Earth’s axis and how/why the tilt of the Earth creates the different seasons
- major differences between the Arctic and Antarctica
- Polar Animals
- The differences between seals, sea lions, and walruses
- hands-on activity ideas about whales
- Finally, there are about 12 pages or so of various PreK activities: do-a-dot pages, find the letter, find the number, capital letter matching and build-a-word activity, lacing cards
Don’t forget that the Winter Packet is included in the Big Animal BUNDLES (more about those at the Big Animal Bundle Page or down below.)
Winter Unit – Earth’s Axis/Seasons; The Arctic vs. Antarctica; Polar Animals includes a Hibernation Unit (100+ pages) Winter Packet and Hibernation Unit Quick Preview or view the post or view image 1, image 2 Arctic vs Antartica, image 3 polar animals, image 4 seals sea lions penguins, image 5 Hibernation Unit
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Plus, there are a dozen pages for younger kids as well:
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The Animal Unit is included in both Big Animal BUNDLES.
$19.99 Big Animal BUNDLE – This Bundle includes 8 PDF packets. 1) Animal Unit, 2) World Animals Packet, 3) Rainforest Packet, 4) Life Cycles Packet, 5) Winter Packet & Hibernation Unit Plus three mini-units on 6) wolves, 7) cicadas and 8) chameleons. See the Big Animal BUNDLE page for more details.
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Big Animal BUNDLE 2
Big Animal BUNDLE 2 includes all of the units above, plus the Mitten Activities Packet, Dinosaur Packet and the new Australia Packet!
$29.99 Big Animal BUNDLE 2 This second animal bundle option includes1) Animal Unit, 2) World Animals Packet, 3) Rainforest Packet, 4) Life Cycles Packet, 5) Winter Packet plus the 6) Cicada Packet 7) Chameleons Packet 8) Wolves Packet 9) Mitten Activity Packet 10) Dinosaur Unit and the 11) Australia Unit.
These units are all sold separately as well. See the Big Animal BUNDLE page for more details about each of these units.
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Scroll down for pictures or visit the Big Animal BUNDLE page for more details about each of these units.
$5.99 Animal Unit (100+ pages) – This unit covers animal characteristics, Feather, fur or scales?, animal classification (the animal kingdoms, vertebrates and invertebrate groups), insects vs. spiders, animal tracks, animals homes and shelters, nocturnal vs. diurnal animals and more! Quick Preview or More details here or view image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5, image 6, image 7, image 8, image 9, image 10, image 11
$4.99 World Animals Unit (60+ pages) Animals of the 7 Continents: Montessori 3-part cards and Activity Pages, best for ages 3-7 or so. Also in the World Animals Unit is the mini-unit on Animals of the African Savanna Quick Preview or view image 1, view image 2, view image 3 (African Animals)
$4.99 Life Cycles Packet (50 pages) Explore the life cycles of the chicken, sea turtle, frog, mosquito, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, ladybug, mouse Quick Preview or visit the post or view image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5
$2.50 Cicadas Packet This 20-page unit includes cicada worksheets, notebook pages and a lapbook so kids can learn more about this fascinating insect! See more at this post.
$0.00 FREE Living Nonliving Cards and Worksheets (More info here)
$4.99 Dinosaur Unit (100+ pages – Multi-Age Packet: 75 pages for ages 3-6; 80+ pages for ages 7-9) View Post or View Image 1 image 2, image 3, image 4 lapbook, image 4, image 5, image 6, image 7, image 8, image 9, image 10, image 11, image 12This unit is not included in the Big Animal BUNDLE. It is included in Big Animal BUNDLE 2.
$6.99 Australia Unit (75-pages) This unit covers the geography and animals of Australia. Students will learn the location and basic facts about the states and territories of Australia. Then they will go on to learn more about Australia’s animals. They will learn about many of Australia’s marsupials and monotremes as well as other well-known birds and reptiles. See more about this new unit at this post: Australia Packet Click on the link to see more pictures: Image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5, image 6, image 7, image 8, image 9, image 10, image 11 This unit is not included in the Big Animal BUNDLE. It is included in Big Animal BUNDLE 2.
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By the way, this packet does not talk about animal migration at all. We covered this topic earlier this semester when we studied Magnets and the Magnetosphere.
Earth’s Magnetic Field and Animal Migration:
We learned about some of the experiments scientists have done to uncover how animals are able to detect the magnetic field. It ranges from animals actually having magnetite inside them, to various proteins that change in the presence of light and create magnetic cells. This is some cutting-edge science at the moment, so there’s no doubt that more will be uncovered in the coming years about how animals use magnetism to migrate thousands of miles!