Today in Animal Engineers class, we looked for spider webs outside the school and inside. We had some amazing finds! We knew that the outdoor classroom board was going to be our first stop. At Oak Grove Elementary, there is an outdoor classroom area with a chalkboard enclosed in a cabinet. We have seen spiders in that cabinet before and found some nice webs today with a deceased daddy long legs still in one of them.
Another great spot to look was the under side of the outdoor benches. These webs took up almost the entire under side of the bench. It was very cool!
Inside the school, we asked a few people where we could find some spider webs. One student directed us to a nearby corner web with a live Daddy Long leg. We found more webs in windows and underneath one teacher's desk. I am not sure how this student knew that there was a great web underneath her teacher's desk but she was right!
Keep an eye out at your own school and home for spider webs.
Here is a link to some spider info from Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine about tour local spiders.
Outdoor Nature Explorers has been using pelts and replica skulls on loan from the Minnesota Safari Club to learn more about our local wildlife. The students were fascinated by the coyote and beaver teeth. The carnivore coyote has sharp pointed teeth while the beaver has flatter molars for chewing soft branches and twigs from willow and birch trees. We were also interested in the nasal cavities. The larger the sinus area, the better the sense of smell.
The scat samples helped us identify coyote scat at Eagle Creek Elementary in Shakopee.