Sixty-five was the answer Madalyn gave me when I read the title of yesterday’s Wonderopolis Wonder of the day: How many blocks make an igloo?

My response of “What?” was probably not the best response I have ever given.

When I asked a follow-up question about why she thought that …. she told me that she drew a picture of an igloo and that is how many blocks she counted. :)

Please notice that in the picture there is also a mother bear and a baby bear with labels. Madalyn points out that the baby bear has sharp claws!

Madalyn seems to be quite interested in bears recently.

Her teacher sent me a message yesterday telling me about some of the things they are doing with the Bear Den Cam they are watching in class (please see my earlier blog post about Lily the bear). Here is part of what she sent me:

We often pull up all the den cams and leave them up as we work.  Then we can see (& hear) them..and stop to watch and discuss what we see.  We have read books about bears (fiction and non-fiction) and discussed why bears hibernate.  We have researched (online and in books) different kinds of bears and compared them. We have compared bears to humans (food, water, needs, habits, living things).  We have discussed how bears move, hunt, etc.  We have compared the different bears we watch (bigger/smaller, activity levels, etc.).  We are getting ready to learn about other animals that hibernate…so we can compare them!  We have looked on the globe to see where these bears live…as well as other bears we read about.  We occasionally watch Freja (in Sweden)…not nearly as good!  We talked about camouflage…and why polar bears don’t live in the woods and black/brown bears don’t live in the arctic!  When we discuss our daily weather…we check the top of the webpage to see what the weather is in Ely,MN.  The discussion was interesting when we saw -12 the other morning!!!!  We use a large thermometer to show the temps.  We go on a bear hunt for fun and/or exercise.  Yesterday, we had the kids “design” a cave by tearing paper…and then draw a bear and cut it out to glue in the cave.  We imagined we were bears…and wrote about what we would dream about …this will go with the cave.  I am sure we have done other things…but nothing else comes to mind right now. 

I thought of how she mentioned the class talking about camouflage when I noticed that Madalyn colored the bears white in this picture!

Look at all the multidisciplinary things this teacher is addressing with her class based on what they are watching on the animal webcam. Love it! And this is just a Kindergarten class! Think about all the reading and writing activities that could be done with students at older grade levels.

Holly Dubois shared some other related links with me too:
Another link you can look at (more in the spring) that I sometimes show the kids is this one of an eagle nest in VA.  I love the bear one too but have not looked at it yet this year. This also has fun winter wildlife pics.  (takes a while to load!)


I also want to point out KB…Konnected‘s LiveBinder full of Amazing Animal Webcams.

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