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Activity

Feet and claws for digging and grabbing

Summary: 
Try digging sand and grabbing cloth with tools that mimic animal feet and claws.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • forks and spoons
  • tray of sand
  • cloth with holes and/or bottle protector plastic mesh pieces
  • images of woodpecker, osprey, cougar, racoon, mole feet and claws
Procedure: 

Try digging the sand and grabbing the cloth with the tools.
Which one is best for digging? [the spoon] Which one is best for grabbing? [the fork]
Look at pictures of animal feet that dig (mole) and grab (woodpecker, cougar, osprey) or both (raccoon). Check out the wide shape for digging and the sharp claws for grabbing.

Grades taught: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teaching site: 
Grandview (¿Uuqinak’uuh) Elementary