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Pygmy Mammoths in the Channel Islands in Google Classroom

Pygmy Mammoths in the Channel Islands

Students are learning about our very own prehistoric animals in California.


Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park in Google Classroom

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Today students are studying the painted caves of the Chumash peoples and identifying the use of symmetrical designs they painted as a continuation of the prehistoric art we looked at last week in conjunction with the pygmy wooly mammoth project.. 
Mandala project is drawn from these initial designs and students will learn to identify symmetry and asymmetry in art works and their own creations.


Badgers, Skunks and Raccoons! in Google Classroom

Badgers, Skunks and Raccoons!

Local Nocturnal Mammals!! 

Students listen to and view a detailed book on our local wildlife. Including the sounds they make!! 

Students create 3 sentences containing facts from the animal they choose to draw and write about. 
Populations for the native badger have dropped significantly while the skunks and raccoons seem to be thriving.


California's Harvest Season in Google Classroom

California's Harvest Season

Students explore their favorite foods and learn about California's largest crops.

*California grows over 200 different crops, some grown nowhere else in the nation. Crops include grapes, almonds, strawberries, oranges and walnuts.
*California produces almost all of the country's almonds, apricots, dates, figs, kiwi fruit, nectarines, olives, pistachios, prunes, and walnuts. It leads in the production of avocados, grapes, lemons, melons, peaches, plums, and strawberries. Only Florida produces more oranges.

The most important vegetable crops grown in the state are lettuce and tomatoes. Again, California leads the way. Broccoli and carrots rank second followed by asparagus, cauliflower, celery, garlic, mushrooms, onions, and peppers. Only Texas grows more cotton than California.
Hay, rice, corn, sugar beets, and wheat are also grown in large quantities.


Sleeping Seal and other California Curiosities in Google Classroom

Sleeping Seal and other California Curiosities

Have you ever come upon an animal doing something out of the ordinary? We humans tend to make a lot of noise in nature and rarely come upon animals resting or relaxing without them knowing. 

Draw an animal in its habitat resting or relaxing. 

Where is your favorite place to rest? 
Is there an outdoors place you would consider napping?


California Redwoods!! 
 in Google Classroom

California Redwoods!!

Today we are studying the California Coastal Redwoods! 

Some curious facts include: 

*Fog accounts for about 40 percent of redwoods' moisture intake.

*Exactly why the redwoods grow so tall is a mystery. Theories continue to develop but proof remains elusive. The trees can reach ages of 2,000 years and regularly reach 600 years.

*The redwoods' unusual ability to regenerate also aids in their survival as a species. They do not rely solely upon sexual reproduction, as many other trees must. New sprouts may come directly from a stump or downed tree's root system as a clone. Basal burls — hard, knotty growths that form from dormant seedlings on a living tree — can sprout a new tree when the main trunk is damaged by fire, cutting, or toppling.

*A variety of wildlife species call the redwoods their home. These include banana slugs, Pacific giant salamanders, and red-bellied newts, along with raccoons, bobcats, Pacific fishers, pine martens, black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, marbled murrelets, and northern spotted owls. Streams passing through redwood forests often contain coho salmon, steelhead, and trout.

*A big reason why these trees are targeted to clone and combat climate change is their ability to take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and lock it away in the tree. A typical tree will sequester (remove from the atmosphere) about 1 ton of carbon in its lifetime. A coast redwood will sequester 250 tons of carbon. Just one coast redwood has the ability to absorb as much carbon as 250 "regular" trees.


Welcome! to your Explorations class: CALIFORNIA: Biodiverse Hotspot of the World in Google Classroom

Welcome! to your Explorations class: CALIFORNIA: Biodiverse Hotspot of the World

Students will meet and greet and go over how we will work together as a safe and inclusive class for the year.

We will also be taking a good look at the California Poppy , our state flower! and creating a "scientific illustration" of the poppy for our California Book which we will be making in class.