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Pre-kindergarteners Study Animals’ Winter Habits

Pre-kindergarteners in Tyler McIlwraith’s class recently studied how animals behave during the winter, with a focus on the three choices they may make to survive, which includes migration, hibernation, and adaptation. The class devoted one day of their lesson to studying bears and hibernation. “The students were invited the bring in a teddy bear from home. We sorted the bears by color and size,” McIlwraith said. “We completed a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) challenge where they tried to build a den for their bear out of a variety of materials, and the measured different parts of the bear.” The lesson was capped off with a teddy bear picnic!