Leave it to Beavers

Many people know cats mark their territories by rubbing the back of their necks to leave a scent, but not many people know beavers also leave a scent to mark their territories. During the first activity of two, scholars use their noses to determine where a simulated beaver territory is located, including the home range and area of highest activity.

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Instructional Ideas

  • If unable to take a field trip to a beaver area, use a virtual field trip to observe signs of beaver activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a large area, preferably outdoors, but a large gymnasium could work
  • When discussing family roles, be aware of any situations students might not want to discuss or triggers such as absent family members or abusive situations
Pros

  • Includes cross-curricular connections to social science, home economics, life science, and geography
  • Engaging activity encourages using only the sense of scent
Cons

  • None