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Acorns for the Squirrels
Crafty Squirrels are Counting Acorns
Thanksgiving is coming and the squirrels are counting their acorns. Read tales of squirrels who are preparing for Thanksgiving. Make place mats, toilet paper tube squirrels and other Thanksgiving decorations.
What will the squirrels be thankful for and will they remember their manners at the Thanksgiving table? The squirrels are making nut bread and counting acorns to prepare for the feast.
Scurry on over and learn about squirrels and acorns...
Chatterer the Red Squirrel
Happy Jack Squirrel and Chatterer the Red Squirrel are tales by Thornton Burgess the well known Naturalist that presents facts and observations about squirrels with just enough fiction to keep children's imaginations alive and begging for more.
Most children will be able to read these easy Chapter Books by the end of First Grade but we have found that reading these books together promotes discussion and a better understanding of squirrels and the squirrel's habitat.
Facts about Squirrels - Do Squirrels eat acorns?
Squirrels are rodents. The Squirrel Family includes not only squirrels but also chipmunks, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, woodchucks, and marmots.
Set up a couple of chairs, a digital camera, paper and pencils at a table near the window. Children observe the squirrels, record their activities and take pictures of the squirrels.
During Writing Workshop the children can use these pictures and observations to write stories or factual accounts of the squirrel's activities.
Squirrel Unit Studies - Squirrels use acorns for learning.
Child learn like little squirrels collecting acorns of knowledge with hands-on learning activities.
Squirrel and Acorn Activities
- Mrs. Drakes room - FALL
Take the children on a nature walk and have them collect acorns. Games, songs, math and science related to squirrels and acorns.
- How to Play Acorn and Squirrel.
The Acorn and Squirrel game demonstrates how important animals and plants are to each other. You can teach a fairly large group of young children how trees, animals and the earth all depend on each ot...
- Squirrel Crafts and Activities
Lots of Squirrel activities for teaching young children.
- Squirrels and their Habits
Books Used: Earl the Squirrel by Don Freeman Miss Suzy by Miriam YoungTimmy Tiptoes by Beatrix Potter Fun With Nature by Boring, Burns, and Dendy
Acorn People - Making People from Acorns
Stringing Acorns - Making Acorn People
You can make acorn necklaces by drilling holes in acorns and stringing them on stiff string. If you dip the end of the string in wax it keeps the string from unraveling.
To make this activity into a literacy center, the acorns could have letters painted on them and the children could string their spelling, vocabulary or high frequency words.
- A Children's Workshop for Making Toys
As the child develops more hand control, she can begin to make chains and necklaces by stringing the nuts such as acorns on a cord.
- Use of Native Craft Materials
A large needle was pressed through the acorns and a double strand of hea\y cotton thread was used for stringing them. They may be strung with or without the ...
Acorn Letters - A Squirrel's favorite way to learn letters.
Matching upper and lowercase letters or use to introduce the sounds of letters. Put the acorns in ABC order or match them to objects that begin with those letters that have been glued to squirrels.
Squirrel and Acorn Cards
Making Squirrel Cards
These would make wonderful cards for matching to the words they represent and then playing Concentration or Go Fish with them.
The more that children interact with words the easier it is for them to remember the words.
Squirrels eat not only acorns but also the nuts or seeds inside of pine cones. Pine cones are where pinenuts come from that taste so delicious in Italian cooking.
- Brown Squirrel
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Little by Little, the Acorn Said
LITTLE BY LITTLE.
"Little by little," the acorn said,
As it slowly sank in its mossy bed,
"I am improving every day,
Hidden deep in the earth away."
Little by little each day it grew;
Little by little it sipped the dew;
Downward it sent out a threadlike root;
Up in the air sprung a tiny shoot,
Day after day, and year after year,
Little by little the leaves appear;
And the slender branches spread far and wide,
Till the mighty oak is the forest's pride.
Photo Credit: Acorn Sprout
From Clkr, Public Domain
"Little by little," said the thoughtful boy,
"Moment by moment, I'll well employ,
Learning a little every day,
And not misspending my time in play;
Whatever I do I will do it well.
Little by little, I'll learn to know
The treasured wisdom of long ago;
And one of these days, perhaps, will see
That the world will be the better for me."
- A poem "Little by Little,the acorn said as it sank it roots in its bed? -
Where can I find a copy of this poem
Oak Tree Poetry
Poetry is a wonderful way to lead young children into topics of science and social studies.
To extend this poem:
1. Go for a walk in the woods and observe an oak tree. Compare it with other trees in the forest. Bring home a few leaves and acorns to put on the science table for observation.
2. Dry and press some oak leaves and other leaves. Attach them to index cards and play Go Fish or Concentration. Pictures of the full grown trees, bark and seeds could also be added.
3. Go to a lumberyard, sawmill, or furniture factory and learn about the different types of wood. Can you tell which kind of tree each board comes from? How can you tell?
4. Make a large Oak Tree on the bulletin board. Have children research items that are made from oak and hang labeled pictures of them from the branches.
- Simple Truths in Verse for the Amusement and Instruction of Children at an Early Age
The Oak by Mary Elliott Observe, dear George, this nut is small; The Acorn is its name; Would you suppose yon tree so tall From such a trifle came? The Acorn, buried in the earth, When many years are past Becomes the oak of matchle
- Poem: The Squirrel
The Squirrel Anonymous Whisky, frisky, Hippity hop; Up he goes To the tree top! Whirly, twirly, Round and round, Down he scampers To the ground. Furly, curly What a tail! Tall as a feather Broad as a sail! Where's his supper? In the shell, Snapp
Busy children are well behaved children.
MobiStories like the Squirrel's Thanksgiving can be downloaded and read to your child when you can't.
Acorn and Squirrel Math Calendar
To turn your bulletin board into an interactive learning center, write math problems on the leaves and answers on the acorns. Cover the bulletin board with felt and the backs of the leaves and acorns with Velcro.
The children become little squirrels scurrying through the leaves and acorns to find matches which they put up on the bulletin board. After they have been checked for accuracy they can be pulled off and stored in a basket for the next group of children.or left scattered or the next squirrels to sort.
Counting Acorn Caps - Acorn Caps make Tea Party Saucers
Acorn Math - Count, sort and add the acorns.
Take A Walk in the Woods and collect lots of acorns.
1. Spread the acorns out on the table and start to look at them carefully. Are they all the same?
2. As you start to notice differences, begin sorting them into groups. Be sure to label your piles.
3. Then count to see how many you have in each pile. Make a graph to show the number of acorns in each category.
4. Write about your discoveries in your math journal.
Inexpensive objects that can be used as math manipulatives include acorns, pine needles, leaves and so on.
Go Nuts Board Game
Squirrel games provide practice with counting and skip counting. In the game, Go Nuts! help the squirrels gather nuts and keep a running tally of the number you have gathered. In the game, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, gather nuts and place them in the holes of tree trunk slices. Then skip count by 5's to see how many you have gathered. Children can learn counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and more with these two fun, squirrel-themed games...
Measuring Acorns and Squirrels
Math for the Acorn and Squirrel Unit Study
Cuisenaire Rods can be used to measure acorns and plush squirrels.
We have several plush squirrels of different sizes to measure.
Squirrel Tracks can also be measured.
Acorn Place Value
1. Estimate how many acorns you collected. Write the estimates on post-its and attach the post-its to your number line or hundreds board.
2. Put 10 acorns into each cup. 10 cups on a paper plate and ten plates on separate tables.
Pumpkins and Place Value has many more place value ideas.
Keeping the Squirrels Busy - More Autumn Theme Centers and Activities
Float or Sink Sensory Table
]Set up the Sensory Table with water and have some leaves, acorns and sticks that you collected on your walk nearby.
Children can determine whether or not each item sinks or floats. Some children may discover that leaves, for example may float if gently placed on top but sink if pushed underwater.
Feed the Squirrels - Do you have any acorns for the Squirrels?
Whether you live in the country or in a city you will find plenty of squirrels. If you decide to feed the squirrels you will have endless hours of enjoying their antics.
Keep a pad of paper handy and a pair of binoculars. Don't forget to share your experiences with others.
Baby Squirrel caught eating an acorn
"Baby squirrel caught eating an acorn on top of a fence in a farm. We held the camera right up to him/her? and did not mind at all. "
Isn't this adorable? You wouldn't want to watch this tiny infant squirrel chewing away at his/her lunch? The video is sped up as the squirrel obviously took his/her time eating it.
Don't Feed the Squirrels - Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeders
Even if you don't intend to feed the Squirrels you may find that they have found food.
Leave some nuts outside in the playground in a spot where you can observe from the window. Record how long it takes for squirrels to find it.
Garenteed Squirrel Proof Feeders - A must read Tale of Squirrels and Bird Lovers
It has come down to this. I'm currently the high bidder on eBay, for coyote urine.
Someone in Kansas outbid me on the red fox whiz.
Bobcat tinkle has no bids. I've got it bookmarked.
I've never seen a coyote in my life, but suddenly I'm desperately bidding $20.50 for 16 ounces of his No. 1. And it's even in "a convenient spray bottle."
Blame my wife, and Father's Day. Maybe Home Depot too, but I'm afraid that someday I might need an orange extension cord, so I'm leaving them out of this.
- The battle of the century
It was the ultimate showdown of man vs. creature when a pack of squirrels invaded Don Barone's bird feeder.
Do you feed the Squirrels?
Acorn Science - Squirrels and Acorns and How Trees begin to Grow
- Acorns | Collecting and Handling
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Squirrels and Acorns in the Oak Tree
Learning about Oak Trees
- Interesting Facts about Oak Trees
This page contains interesting facts about Oak trees
Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.
State Tree: The Oak - Acorns from Oak Trees provide food for Squirrels
Plant an Oak Tree
If it wasn't for the oak tree, squirrels wouldn't have any acorns. Oak trees take many, many years to grow. Some people think that means that it's not worth our time to plant an oak tree. I disagree. The oak tree that we plant today may help squirrels find food 100 years from now. We better hurry up and plant a few acorns.
- Iowa State Tree - Iowa Unit Study
Designated as the official state tree in 1961, the oak tree was chosen because it is abundant in the state and serves as shelter, food and nesting cover for many animals and birds including squirrels. Acorns, the nuts of oak trees, are eaten by many
- Connecticut State Tree White Oak Quercus alba
THE CHARTER OAK (White Oak, Quercus alba) STATE TREE Deep-rooted in the historic tradition of Connecticut, the Charter Oak is one of the most colorful and significant symbols of the spiritual strength and love of freedom, which inspired our Colonial
How to Make Acorn Flour
Mamma Squirrel's Whole Wheat Nut Bread - Bread for the Squirrel Family and Yours Too!
* 2 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 Tablespoons of Wheat Germ
* 1 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, etc. toasted
* 1/2 cup dried cranberries and dates
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 1/2 cup molasses
- Date Nut Bread Recipe
Date nut bread is made with chopped dates, butter, boiling water, egg, and walnuts or pecans. A flavorful date nut bread recipe with photo.
Squirrel Songs and Poems - Let's sing about squirrels!
- A Squirrel Song
Original Author Unknown Sung to: "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" I'll be gathering all the acorns till they're gone. I'll be gathering all the acorns till they're gone. I'll be gathering all the acorns, gathering all the acorns, Gathering all
- The Mississippi Squirrel Revival by Ray Stevens
The day the squirrel went berserk, In the First Self-Righteous Church in that sleepy little town of Pascagoula. It was a fight for survival, that broke out in revival. They were jumpin pews and shouting Hallelujah!
Planting an Acorn on the Moon - Could a squirrel live on the Moon?
Squirrel Appreciation Day - January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day
Celebrating Squirrel Appreciation Day
Now that Christmas is over, what is the next major holiday?
Why ...Squirrel Appreciation Day of course.
What do you plan to do to celebrate? Do you have acorns for the squirrels?
To show your appreciation of the rodents in your life you might make bagel-and-birdseed squirrel feeders It will be a hit with all your bushy tailed friends and maybe some feathered ones as well.
- Holiday Insights : Squirrel Appreciation Day
Squirrel Appreciation Day is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate your tree climbing, nut gathering neighborhood squirrels.
- How to Celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day | eHow.com
How to Celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day. Once a year, go nuts for squirrels. The official Squirrel Appreciation Day is January 21. Why not show your appreciation for the bushy-tailed little nut-gatherers by trying one of the following activi...