Habitat, Habitat, Have to Have a Habitat

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Last week we started Unit 6, our last unit in our literacy curriculum.  Over the next several weeks we will be exploring habitats around the world.  Today in the morning class, I took the children out in the forest once again to look for animal habitats.  The children were really excited….and though it was only for a half hour, we
were amazed by the many homes we found.  Walking in the woodlands near the school, I first had to show the morning class the lady slippers I had shown the afternoon class last Friday.
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I think the boys were wondering what all the fuss was about….these certainly weren't water balloons that they could toss at one another.  Then Justin discovered a "Spore ball", it's a parasite that grows on oak trees.
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Brennan found our first habitat and called us all over.
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"Is this the front door or the back door", Justin queried?  After a great deal of speculation, we cut through the fence and went down to the cranberry bogs that abutt the school grounds.  In the ditches of the bog, we discovered a habitat for a frog.
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Can you see him just basking in the sun?  Meanwhile, Dan was yelling his head off, "Hey, look what I found"!
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Seemed all along the side of the bog road there were many homes….a whole community of wildlife living minutes from our school.  The children were so excited as they found each one.

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All too soon it was time to head back to the classroom…we still had not had snack and the morning session would end in twenty minutes.  As we headed back, Breezy and Dan were in the front.  Ummm, I thought… could I have a couple walking in front of me?  We shall have no romances budding in kindergarten!
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Hey, you guys, wait up!
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As Breezy and Dan turned around to face me, they were just laughing.  Together they were just giggling and full of themselves.  "Mrs. Evans, look at us, we are a two-headed coat rack!"  Sometimes, things are not as they seem….here I thought I had a budding romance but instead it was just a two-headed coat rack!
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This week in kindergarten we are learning a new song about habitats…it's by Bill Oliver.


Chorus:
Habitat, Habitat, Have to Have a Habitat
Habitat, Habitat, Have to Have a Habitat
Habitat, Habitat, Have to Have a Habitat
You have to have a Habitat to carry on!

The ocean is a habitat, a very special habitat
It's where the deepest water's at
It's where the biggest mammal's at
It's where out future food is at
It keeps the atmosphere intact
The ocean is a habitat we depend on! (Chorus)

The forest is a habitat, a very special habitat
It's where the tallest trees are at
It's where a bear can scratch her back
(ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch)
It keeps the ground from rolling back
Renews the oxygen, in fact
The forest is a habitat we depend on! (Chorus)

The river is a habitat, a very special habitat
It's where the freshest water's at
For people, fish, and muskrat
But when people dump their trash
Rivers take the biggest rap
The river is a habitat we depend on! (Chorus)

People are different than foxes and rabbits
Affect the whole world with their bad habits
Better to love it while we still have it
Or rat ta-tat-tat, our habitat's gone! (Chorus)

 

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I am a child of the light, seeking truth beyond the horizon. I came of age during the late 60's and through my wanderings and explorations I discovered great truths about how I wanted to live my life. At the break of day, despite the wrinkles and liver s

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