Where do animals live?
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My name is Sofia.

I live in a house.

I sleep in a bed.

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When I’m hungry, I get snacks from the kitchen.

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But I wonder…

Where do animals live?

Where do animals sleep?

Where do animals get their snacks?

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Let’s go for a walk.

Maybe we can find out where animals live.

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Look up in that tree.

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Do you see that clump of twigs and leaves?

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It’s not a bird’s nest.

It’s too messy for a bird.

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It’s up so high.

The animal that lives there must be good at climbing.

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Do you see any clues about what lives here?

Look around.

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Animals get hungry, just like you and me.

I think the animal who lives here eats…

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…acorns. Look!

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stop & talk

Stop & Talk

Which animal do you think lives up there?

Why do you think that?

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I think I’ll watch that clump of leaves for a while.

Maybe I’ll see the animal that lives up there.

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Look!

A squirrel just ran up the tree and hurried home.

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That clump of leaves is a squirrel nest.

Can you find the squirrel?

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The squirrel is good at climbing.

When dogs chase it, it runs up the tree.

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Dogs can’t climb trees.

The squirrel is safe in its nest up high in the tree.

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Up there, it has lots of acorns to eat.

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I think it would be fun to be a squirrel.

Let’s try it!

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get up & move Get Up & Move: Stand up and pretend to nibble on an acorn, just like a squirrel.

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Now, curl up like a squirrel in its nest, full of acorns and safe from dogs.

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It’s getting late and it’s time to go home.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll go for a walk in the woods again.

I wonder what other animal homes I will find.

THE END

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Optional Activity: Nature Nuggets

Watch this one-minute video of animals at home.

Discuss:

  • What animals did you see in the video?
  • Where do the animals live? How do you know?
  • If the animals could talk, what would you ask them?
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In this Read-Along Mystery, Sofia wonders where animals live and goes for a walk in the woods to find out. The Mystery includes a short exercise where students pretend to be squirrels and learn about their habitats. You can extend the lesson with the optional activity, Nature Nuggets, where students explore other animal homes.

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This activity does not require supplies.

As an optional activity, we suggest having your students view a one-minute video of animals at home and then discuss what they noticed.

The video is on the Nature Nuggets site, which offers a combination of videos and activities created by the makers of the documentary film series Nature. Preview it here.

Here are some possible questions for discussion:

  • What animals did you see in the video?
  • Where do the animals live? How do you know?
  • If the animals could talk, what would you ask them?
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