How do animals cope with winter? Have students work with partners on an Animals in Winter scavenger hunt. Give each team a list of five animals. Have students use online resources and books to locate the following three pieces of information on each animal:
- Does the animal hibernate, enter dormancy, or remain active in winter?
- What is the animal's winter habitat?
- What are the animal's winter sources of food?
Here are a few suggested animals to get you started:
Little Brown Bat
- inside a cave or mine
- does not need food for winter
- finds shelter in caves or in roots under fallen trees
- stores food as fat for winter
- tunnels under snow
- eats seeds, roots, and stems
- winters in fields and woods
- eats insects, roots, berries, small animals
- burrows below frost line
- doesn't need food
- winters in woods and brush
- eats bark, buds, own droppings