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With its stunning illustrations and simple text this book will engage and amuse students while they learn about animal signs. On a chilly winter day Cammy and William go sledding in the woods near their home. As they pass through the trees they discover many clues that help them notice the animals in the forest. They realize that despite the cold and snow they are surrounded by wildlife that is active and busy. As they reach the end of their nature treasure hunt Cammy and William are rewarded with one more discovery that will delight any child who has experienced the joy of spending time outside with family.
This book could be used as an introduction to a lesson in which students explore and describe the natural features of an area of habitat near the school. Students could look for animal signs and take photographs and also make plaster casts of the tracks they find. Tracking field guides could be used to engage the class in a scientific analysis of their discoveries. Using replica tracks a teacher could also create a track nature hunt on school grounds where students follow a map to different stations. This book would also be valuable in a unit that teaches about changes in animals through the seasons. The animals in the story could be researched to determine how they adapt and respond to changes in temperature and surroundings.
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