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Week 21: Track This
This week's LIO is all about the movement of animals during this time of the year! As the temperature begins to moderate, it becomes the perfect time to step outside and find some animal tracks left on the snow and mud. Animals like squirrels leave behind a "highway" of tracks as they make their way from tree to tree. Although squirrels share a similar footprint with other animals like the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare, if we take a closer look, we find some key characteristics in shape and movement patterns that can help us tell them apart!

Like these three animals, there is a ton of wildlife activity happening around us that we can track and observe during this time of the year. The activities below introduce students to exploring, identifying, and interpreting animal activity and help investigate the insulating effects of snow. Check out our mid-February Step Outside Nature Guide to learn more about discovering and exploring the clues these animals leave behind, in addition to some other happenings during this time of the year!
In this entertaining resource, students explore animal tracks while learning about how different animals move. The activity-based lessons guide students through a scientific investigation of different animal tracks and compare movement patterns. Students will also learn about adaptations and how these characteristic physical or behavioural features help an animal to survive in its environment.

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This resource offers several engaging activities in which students identify and interpret animal tracks left behind in the snow. The learning can take place in a nearby natural area, the schoolyard and the classroom. The resource provides direct links to plenty of background information, and the identification keys students will need for their investigations. The only requirement not included is fresh snow!

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Grades 7-12
In this outdoor inquiry, students investigate how snow's depth and composition can determine its insulating effects. After digging a snow pit, the air temperature is measured, and the temperature and composition of the snow are recorded at regular intervals between the surface of the pit and the ground below. Students pool their results to determine patterns and consistencies in the relationships among snow depth, snow composition, snow temperature and the distribution of species. Several related winter activities are also suggested.

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Above you will find a selection of activities, broken down by various grade levels. These guides will be released weekly and archived on our Learning Inside Out page, so you can always access the full catalogue.

All activities have been modified from resources on our R4R database, simplified and adapted for both outdoor learning in the school yard or at-home as needed. The activity descriptions above should contain all the information and links that you need!

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