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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!
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Welcome to class and Happy Monday! We’ve had a big week here at the University! Ellie and Edmond will be posting some fun posts about their adventure sleeping at Zoo Atlanta and meeting an amphibian scientist! We’ll also be meeting an animal that is associated with today’s Science word! Are you ready to learn it?

Today’s Science Word is Prairie: a large tract of grassland. There are prairies found in North America. They have a temperate climates. These prairies are flat. They have a great diversity of life too.

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Coyote

Coyote

Burrowing owl

Burrowing owl

Black Footed Ferret

Black Footed Ferret

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DRAGONS ARE REAL!!

DRAGONS ARE REAL!!
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If you guessed yesterday’s animal correct then you’ll be excited to meet them today! We had to travel all the way to the island of Komodo to find this large reptile! That is no easy task! It is a beautiful place though! Are you ready to learn about the amazing Komodo dragon?

 

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Range/Habitat: Komodo island and other islands in Indonesia

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 Diet: Carnivore: pigs, deer, buffalo

 Length/Weight:  up to 10ft / 330 lbs

 Conservation Status: vulnerable

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Fun Facts:

  • Komodo dragons are the largest lizard on earth! IMG_0774
  • Their ancestors have been on earth for 100 million years.
  • Komodo dragons were not discovered by humans until 1912!
  • Komodo dragons are solitary.
  • Known for their deadly bites, a komodo dragon’s saliva is not poisonous.
  • Komodo dragons have forked tongues.
  • They can use those forked tongues to help them “smell” particles in the air up to a mile away!
  • Komodo dragons can eat up to 5 lbs in just a few minutes!

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These real life dragons are amazing! Luckily, places like the San Diego Zoo are working in Komodo National Park to protect these ancient and magnificent lizards! Think you know the answer to Ellie’s trivia question? (answer down below)

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-Answer is 60!

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Welcome to class everyone!! We’ve got a big week planned here at the University and today we’re starting off with a great science word for the week!

Today’s word is Conservation: protection of animals, habitats and the earth. Conservation includes setting aside land to keep it in a natural state, conserving resources like fresh water and protection animals from poachers. Conservation includes many issues and activities. Ellie and Edmond work very hard to conserve animals and their habitats!

Tomorrow they will be participating in World Animal Day and talking about protecting African elephants!

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

 swow prehensile

Hello and welcome back to class! We have a great word today that even applies to me! Is everyone ready to learn?

Today’s word is Prehensile: a body part of an animal that has the ability to grasp something by wrapping around it. Often we think of prehensile tails with monkeys, but very few monkeys have that adaptation. Only monkeys that live in South and Central America have prehensile tails.

The tips of Ellie’s trunk are prehensile! She can use them to grasp even one blade of grass. Other animals that have prehensile tails include; spider monkeys, howler monkeys, opossums, binturongs and me!

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Hello and welcome to class! I hope you enjoyed learning about hippos yesterday! Today we are talking about animals with funny stomachs! Let’s get right to it!

Today’s Science Word is Ruminant: an animal that has more than one stomach or a chambered stomach. Ruminants swallow their food and then regurgitate it and chew it again. Ruminants include cows and sheep!

I picked this word because we are quickly approaching the Lunar New Year and it’s the year of the sheep or ram! Ellie and Edmond wanted to celebrate by meeting some wild members of the sheep family- tomorrow they head to Rocky Mountains to meet some Bighorn Sheep- who are ruminants! Until then, enjoy a Bighorn sheep coloring sheet!

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Can you spot us on the map? We’re heading to the Rocky Mountains tomorrow!

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Welcome back to class everyone! We’re talking about old things today! Are you ready to talk about fossils?

Today’s Science Word of the Week is Fossil: a fossil is a preserved animal or plant. A fossil must be 10,000 years old. There are two kinds of fossils- body and trace. A body fossil is the actual remains (ex. bones and eggs). A trace fossil is the remains of activity, like a footprint or imprint.

Fossils give scientist great information on ancient animals, plants and habitats! Scientists who study fossils are called paleontologists.

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One of our favorite fossils is Sue the T Rex at the Chicago Field Museum! She is the most complete T Rex ever found!

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

swow kelp forest

Welcome back to class! We have a great word for you this week- it’s a habitat and a pretty fantastic one at that! Are you ready to learn our word?

Today’s word is Kelp Forest: a kelp forest is a habitat that is found in cold coastal ocean waters. Kelp forests are made up of giant kelp that attaches itself to rocky ocean floors and grows to the surface of the water. The kelp requires sun to grow. Many animals including sea otters, fish, crustaceans and urchins call the kelp forest their home!

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Have you guessed where Ellie and Edmond will be visiting this week? They are heading to the kelp forest of Monterey Bay, California! Be on the lookout for the fun animals that they met! Juxtaposer Image(1)

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK- FOLIVORE

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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Hello and welcome everyone! I’m so happy to see you in class this week! I’m so excited for today’s word and I’m excited to introduce you to a new feature! Each week I’ll be posting a map and show you where Ellie and Edmond will be exploring! Let’s get started learning and let’s find out where E&E will be!

Today’s word is Folivore: a folivore is an animal that eats leaves exclusively. Some examples of folivores are caterpillars, koalas, sloths and okapis.

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Ellie and Edmond are heading to Australia and New Zealand this week! Who’s excited to see who they’ll meet?

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK- ORNITHOLOGY!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!!

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Hello and welcome back to class everyone!! We are so excited to be back to class here at the University of E & E! We had a lovely break, but I am ready to get back to learning our science words! Today’s word is related to National Bird Day, which we celebrated yesterday! Starting next week- I’ll be introducing our Professor of Travel and he’ll be letting you know where Ellie and Edmond are traveling for the week!

Today’s word is Ornithology: the study of birds. An ornithologist is a scientist who studies birds.

Did you know that there are nearly 10,000 species of birds on the planet? That makes for a lot of subjects for scientists to study! We love our feathery friends. Being an ornithologist is hard work! If you were going to study birds, which ones would you study? I know Ellie and Edmond would head straight to the Galapagos to study the Blue Footed Booby!

This our Blue Footed Booby pal!

This our Blue Footed Booby pal!

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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

swow ichthology

Hello everyone! Who’s excited to start a new week? I know I am and I’m excited to share today’s science word of the week! It’s looks a bit crazy and sounds funny too!

Today’s word is Ichthyology (\ˌik-thē-ˈä-lə-jē\): the branch of zoology that deals with fish. A person who studies fish is called an ichthyologists. That’s a pretty fun word isn’t it? Ichthyologists can study just one species of fish or something more broad like sharks! Studying and working with fish sounds like a cool job!

Which one of these fish would you like to study?

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