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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!
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Hello students! Welcome to class everyone! Who’s ready to learn today’s word? I have a great one for you!

Today’s word is: Nectarivore is a animal whose diet primarily consists of nectar. Nectarivores include mammals like bats, insects like butterflies and birds like hummingbirds.  Ellie and Edmond are going to meet some nectarivores this week, so stay tuned!

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Hello and welcome to class! We’re gearing up for Bat Week here at the University and then Ellie and Edmond will be celebrating Owl-O-Ween! So who’s ready to learn a super cool word today?

Today’s word is Trogolophile: trogolophiles are animals that live just inside the entrance of a cave. Light can be abundant and the animals don’t have adaptations to survive in complete darkness. The word trogolophile comes from greek words (troglos- cave) and (phileo- love). Some trogolophiles include bats, rats, insects and salamanders.

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cave cricket 

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Welcome back to class this week! Who’s ready to learn today’s word? Ellie and Edmond will be meeting some animals this week that are busy during the fall getting ready for winter. Today’s word has to do with that behavior.

Today’s word is Hoarding: gathering and storing food to be eaten later. There are two kinds of hoarding behavior. Larder hoarding is where an animal stores all its food in one place.  Scatter hoarding is where an animal stores its food in different places. Caching is also used in place of hoarding.

Animals who hoard food include squirrels, ravens, hamsters and nutcrakers.

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Welcome to another week in class! We have a great word today and an exciting week ahead for you! Ellie and Edmond will be talking birds all week!

Today’s word is Shorebird: a bird that frequents the seashore, estuaries, wetlands and marshes. Some types shorebirds include plovers, pelicans, gulls and sandpipers.

Do you have a favorite shorebird?

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Welcome everyone! I’m very excited for today’s lesson! It’s a great word, so let’s get right to it!

Today’s word is: Symbiosis (simbēˈōsəs)  an interaction between two living organisms. There are different kinds of symbiosis; today we will talk about mutualism. Mutualism is when two living organisms interact with each other that benefit each other.

Here are two examples:

Cleaner shrimp and eel or fish- the shrimp eat parasites off the eels mouth. The eel gets rid of pesky parasites and the shrimp get a meal!

cleaner shrimp

Clownfish and anemones- clownfish spend their time in a host anemone. The stinging cells of the anemone help protect the clownfish from predators, while the anemone eats bits of food that the clownfish drops.

Nature is full of symbiotic relationships- including mutual ones! Can you think of any other mutualistic ones?

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Welcome to class! It’s time for summer school here at the University! I hear a rumor from Ellie and Edmond themselves that there will be some big changes coming to the website just in time for fall classes! Today we’re going to learn a great new word though!

Today’s word is Biome: is a major ecological type or region. There are aquatic and terrestrial biomes. Examples of  terrestrial biomes are tropical rainforests, grasslands or tundras. Examples of aquatic biomes are coral reefs, estuaries and freshwater.

Tomorrow Ellie and Edmond will have a fun game of which animal goes in what biome! I so look forward to playing and hope you do too!

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Welcome back to our summer session! I’m so glad to see everyone here in class! I had a lovely break and Ellie and Edmond had a nice weekend exploring the outdoors. I’m excited for this week’s word! Are you ready to learn today?

This week’s word is Marsupial: a marsupial is a mammal that gives live birth to very small young that climb into the mother’s pouch or marsupium to grow up in. The pouches are mostly on the outside of the mother’s pouch. Most marsupials live in Australia, except for several species of opossums- who live in North, Central and South America.

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The Virginia Opossum lives in North America.

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Welcome back to class everyone! We had a little hiatus while Ellie and Edmond took a vacation in Chicago! I heard they had a fantastic time and they’ll be posting pictures later in the week! Today let’s get to the Science Word of the Week!

Today’s word is Ungulate: an animal with hooves. Ungulates are mammals. They often walk on the tips of their toes that are covered with a hoof. Ungulates can have one or more toes. Their are many ungulates in the world. Here are just a few, including Edmond and rhinos! Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating Cinco De Rhino!

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giraffe

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!
We’re revisiting the Science Word of the Week this time just in time for International Bat Day on Friday! Who knows how insect eating bats locate their prey? Come find out!

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Echolocation is the location of an object or prey using sound to reflect off that object to determine distance, size and shape. Bat can determine an object as thin and fine as human hair using their echolocation.

This is what  Big Brown Bat’s sonar sounds like here! Human ears can not hear these frequencies normally! Ellie and Edmond will talk more about bat echolocation as they introduce a few cool species of these flying mammals!

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

swow brachiation

Welcome to class this week! We have a big word this week, so let’s get right to it!

Today’s word is Brachiation: to brachiate \ˈbrā-kē-ˌāt\ or swing using one arm at a time. Lesser apes such as gibbons brachiate through the trees. Humans are capable of this, but not like apes or monkeys! Apes and monkeys use this form of movement to get through trees quickly and efficiently.

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