mystery The answer to the clues may be found at the bottom of this column.    Teachers and Parents: Enter to win an entire set of Dawn’s nature books of one title for your home or classroom. It's fun and easy!
Just read the clues below. They describe an aspect of nature—a plant, animal, mineral, habitat, or natural process.
When you're ready to make your guess about who or what I am, click ENTER NOW.
Who Am I?
spacerglass1 Clue 1:  I'm a member of the "dog family."
glass1 Clue 2:  I live throughout North America in deserts, prairies, forests, and even in towns and cities.
glass1 Clue 3:  You might hear me howling at night to communicate with my pack.
glass1 Clue 4:  Don't let me trick you—I am NOT a wolf.
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A contest winner will be announced at the end of September.
Throughout the school year, clues for a new Who Am I are posted no later than Sunday night, so you can use them with your class on Monday morning.Good luck!
The answer to last week's mystery was: SEASHELLS Although Inside Outside Nature blog is changing it's focus, this weekly "Who Am I?" will remain the same! Teachers, click here to get ideas about how to use the contest with your students.  

Bundle Up

Carol with chickadee

I took off one warm glove to feed a black-capped chickadee.

During my first winter in Michigan’s cold and snowy Upper Peninsula I got some great advice from my husband, who grew there. “If you have warm clothes, you’ll love it here. But if you don’t, you’ll hate it.”

I took his words to heart and expanded my winter wardrobe to include a down jacket, warm hat, chopper mittens, and snow boots lined with wool.  His advice proved to be right. I fell in love with winter!

There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing choices.

—Pooja Tandon, MD, children’s pediatrics

Unfortunately, there are millions of kids in the US and Canada who don’t have a warm coat. If any of your students need help or if your school would like to partner with a program to provide coats, check out these organizations:

 

INSIDE: Become a Weather Wiz Kid

DROP_COVER2With the winter weather in the news, it’s a great time to explore the science behind the weather. Go to  Weather Wiz Kids or Exploring Weather for lots of kid-friendly information.

Then take an imaginary trip through the water cycle (which determines our weather) in A Drop Around the World.

 

OUTSIDE: Color Hunt

op-color-swatchesWhen the world turns white with snow, go on a color hunt. Distribute color swatches (available from a paint store) and challenge your students to find something on the school grounds that matches their swatch.

Back in the classroom, have them draw a picture of what they found and attach their color swatch to their finished drawing.

 

MORE FACTS AND FUN FOR WINTER 

images-2Check out the Winter Wonderland Activity Guide from Nature Rocks. Although this guide is written for families, many of the activities can be adapted for the schoolyard.