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.
Do you think you know who I am? ENTER NOW.
Entries should be submitted no later than noon on Friday.
If you guessed correctly, you’re automatically entered into the monthly drawing for a set of nature books from Dawn Publications.
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.  

Just Arrived!

Three new books just arrived at Dawn publications, and over the next three weeks I’m going to introduce them to you.

SWAMP_COVER2Look out! Gater’s hiding here! Where? In the swamp of course. It’s hot and humid. The water is covered with a blanket of green algae. And two eyes poke out of the ooze. It’s Gator, and he’s searching out his next meal. Will it be a duck, bullfrog, egret, snake, turtle, or some other unsuspecting animal? Alligators will eat just about anything!


Kids will have the fun of searching for Gator on each page of The Swamp Where Gator Hides. And they’ll learn about the swamp and it’s creatures.

Enjoy curling up with this book as you come in out of the snow or rain. I’m sharing two INSIDE activities this week.


INSIDE #1: Compare and Contrast

SWAMPB3The Swamp Where Gator Hides is a variation on The House that Jack Built. Both stories are written in cumulative verse, but there are lot of other similarities and differences. Read both stories to your students and then have them create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting them. Get directions from the author Marianne Berkes.


INSIDE #2: Chain of Events

SWAMPB2In The Swamp Where Gator Hides, the reader is introduced to ten animals that live in or near a
swamp. Your students can recall the story details by putting the animals in proper order using the sequencing strips at the end of this lesson plan.


Here’s a fun tale that introduces young readers to concepts of camouflage and predator-prey interactions. –Annie Oxarart, League of Environmental Educators in Florida