We conveniently adapted our Immigration Topic Unit to Migration and merged this into Ponds/Rivers Fish and Amphibians.
This came just in time for spring! We had a duck in the bushes with eggs, have been viewing the other birds, bugs, buds and blooms to support our idea of animals following food and mild weather.
Our kids have really enjoyed putting their graphing skills to work with the animal migration statistics. They have tracked a few of the longest migratory routes such as the arctic tern and humpback whale. We have incorporated other biological factors such as adaptations, habitat, hibernation, life cycles and human influence.
Our MK and OK got to go with a team of experts and check out the Riparian Zone near Spring Creek. The stream ecologists showed them the food chain beginning with algae, macro-invertebrates, spiders, bats and birds. We viewed the riffles, a holding pond and the difference between a healthy ecosystem and stagnant pond.
I set up a diverse habitat for PK and YK to explore. They used dip nets, hand lens, collecting bowls and data collection sheets to explore wetlands, rivers, ponds and streams.