Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Amazing Animals!

During the time that we have been enjoying
Badger Claws of Ojai,

we have read about the animals 
that Badger Claws encountered in the 
mountains and canyons where he lived.

Most of them can be found living right here in our own mountains and canyons. 

Some have even been painted in the mural on our playground!



 Racoon and


 There are no badgers on our mural, but
there certainly is one in our dictionary!

 The only grizzly bear around these parts is on our state flag!


Use World Book Online to find
 facts to share about these 
North American mammals!
Share at least 2 facts, and be sure to 
make them bold with html code!
(Use your own words! Do not plagiarize!)


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I looked up raccoons on World Book online, and I found out some cool facts I want to share:

    1) Some boy raccoons weigh even more than 40 pounds, though average raccoons weigh in between 8 and 20 pounds.

    2) Unlike Badger Claws who made a raccoon his pet, Native Americans like the Chumash killed raccoons and traded the fur for guns, weapons, and other materials.

    I can't wait to finish Badger Claws tomorrow!


  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Did you know that raccoons have a furry, striped tail and are about the size of a little dog? Raccoons hunt in rivers and streams and raccoons belong in the same family as coatis,kinkajous,and ring tails!

    From your friend,

  3. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    Here are some facts about grizzly bears:

    Grizzly bears eat mostly fish, berries, grasses, leaves, insects, roots, and smaller animals.

    Before hibernating, a grizzly bear may eat up to approximately 90 pounds of food per day.

    And here are some facts about raccoons:

    The body of a northern raccoon is between 24 and 42 inches long, including its tail.

    Commonly raccoons weigh from 8 to 20 pounds, though some males may weigh more than 40 pounds.


  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I have a couple of facts about deer that I think you would be interested in knowing.

    1) The white-tailed deer of North America comes in two colors depending on the season. In summer it has a reddish-brown coat and in winter it has a gray coat.

    2) The mule deer of the Pacific North West gets its name from its large, furry ears which look like those of a mule.

    I think deer are beautiful animals!

    Hope you liked my facts.


  5. This is what I know about coyotes:

    They usually only come out at night. Also, all of them live in dens. Coyotes are part of the dog family. When they kill an animal, they howl.

    All in all, I really like coyotes!


  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class:

    Here is what I found on World Book about coyotes:

    Coyotes usually come out at night. They live in dens. Also, they are part of the dog family.

    I also know that when they kill some prey, they howl.



  7. Dear Class,
    Once with my friend Lily we saw a coyote running across her yard. Lily was scared, but I wasn't that scared because I knew that the coyote was more scared of me than I was of him.

    Did you know that coyotes normally dig their own dens? This den is a hole in the ground where the coyotes go to sleep. They build their dens where most humans or other animals can't see them. They do this so they can protect their pups from animals that might to eat them. A mother coyote usually has 5-6 pups at a time. This is a lot of babies to look after, and I don't think I could do that!

    I am really enjoying Badger Claws and learning about all of the animals talked about in the book.

    Your Classmate,


  8. Dear Class,
    Did you know that badgers dig very quickly? That means badgers can dig their own homes very fast. There are eight different types of badgers. A lot of badgers have black and white stripes on their faces and heads. Badgers are mammals.

  9. Dear Class,

    Here are 2 interesting facts about rabbits from World Book Online:

    Wild rabbits of North America are called cottontails because of the fluffy white fur they have under the tail.
    Cottontail baby rabbits are called "kits."

    "Hoppily" yours,

  10. Dear Class,
    I found some interesting facts about deer.
    1. Did you know that male deer are called bucks and female deer are called does?
    2. All male deer (and some female) deer have antlers. Each winter, the deer who live in cold weather shed their antlers but grow new ones by spring.


  11. Dear Class,

    Here are some facts about badgers:

    American badgers live alone. European badgers live in families of about 12 badgers. They are excellent diggers especially for their small size.

    The World Book Online finder,

  12. Dear Class,

    There are 2 kinds of raccoons live in North America and South America. They are called the northern raccoon and the crab-eating raccoon. The color of fur is gray in general. The color of the fur underneath color on both raccoons is pale-brown or gray, but the crab-eating raccoon has shorter hair than the northern raccoon. Do you like the northern raccoon or the crab-eating raccoon? Can you guess which raccoon lives in South America?


  13. Dear Class,

    Coyotes and rabbits are North American mammals. Coyotes prey upon small animals, such as rabbits and rats. Rabbits are vegetarians, so they eat plants. Did you know that people eat rabbits and make fur coats from their skins?



  14. Dear Class,
    I decided to write my blog about deer. Deer have heavy hoofs and the males have antlers. Deer walk gracefully, I love seeing them prancing along the field. Deer are very beautiful. There are over 30 different kinds of deer. Caibou is my favorite, they are one of the biggest types.


  15. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    Coyotes live in United States, Canada, and Mexico. I have coyotes in my back yard! They live in environments like deserts, mountains, prairies, and urban communities. Grown up coyotes have yellow, grey, and brown. They also have a furry fluffy tail. Do you have coyotes in your neighborhood? Have you had an experience with a coyote or a pack?
    Sincerely, Caiti

  16. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I have enjoyed reading Badger Claws because I really like animals. Did you know that male deer are called bucks, stags, or harts, while female deer are called does or hinds? Whether male or female, deer feed on grass, flowers, leaves, tree branches, and twigs. It makes me feel a little sad that many species of deer are listed as endangered by conservation organizations.

    Happy reading,

  17. Dear Class,
    Badgers are mammals that love to dig. An American badger lives in North America, central Mexico, and southwestern Canada. Digging mammals usually have black-and-white marks on there head. A badger has a small body. They have dark big claws and a fluffy tail.
    Sincerely, Caiti

  18. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Here are some facts about coyotes:

    Coyotes once lived mostly in western North America. Now most coyotes are in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and even parts of Central America.

    Coyote lives in different types of environments, including deserts, mountains, prairies, and urban communities.

    Adult coyotes are light yellow or yellowish-gray to brownish-yellow.
    Coyotes have large, pointed ears and a bushy tail

    Adult coyotes are 3 to 4 1/2 feet long, including its tail.

    They weigh between 15 to 50 pounds. Most coyotes live alone or in pairs.

    What do you think is the most interesting?


  19. Dear Mrs Ranney and Class,

    I have some really great facts to share about rabbits. Did you know that a rabbit is a fluffy creature with pointy ears and a small tail? I have seen some really white and gray rabbits in my backyard too. Do you have any other facts to share?


  20. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    Here are some facts for you,

    1) There are 30 different kinds of deer.

    2) Female deer are called does or hinds. A lot of male deer are called bucks,but sometimes they are called stags or harts.


  21. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    This is Noah, your Grizzly Bear fact finder to share some facts with you.

    Did you know that grizzly bears are about 6-8 feet tall, and can weigh between 250 and 600 pounds The male Grizzly weighs more than the female. Grizzlies eat all kinds of food, things like fish and berries. They eat about 90 pounds of food per day in summer and fall.
    In the winter, they sleep in dens.

    Hope you enjoyed the facts I shared.


  22. Dear class,

    Here are two interesting facts that I learned about coyotes:

    1. Coyotes have different shades of yellow, gray, brown and even some black in their fur.

    2. Coyote pups that are born in Spring leave their parents by late summer and can take care of themselves.



  23. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Here are some facts about coyotes,

    1) Some of the things coyotes eat are rabbits and rodents.

    2) Most female mate when they are about 2 years old.

    3) Coyotes are known for their eerie howl.

    4) Coyotes are sometimes called prairie wolf or brush wolf.


  24. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    My mom grew up in the Midwest where the land is flatter than in the West. Did you know North America is the second largest farm continent? Do you know what is the largest farming continent?
    I hope to be able to travel to that continent. The continent is Asia.



  25. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    From World Book I've learned that coyotes live in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A lot of them live near me. Almost every night I can hear them howl. Coyotes are known for their howl. Sometimes I see them crossing the street, when we drive to school early in the morning.


  26. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Did you know that in the deer family there are more than 30 different spices such as Common North American mule deer, White Tailed deer, Caribou, and others. Some of them live in hot dry places, others live in cold habitats. Sometimes you can see a deer up in the hills area.



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