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Wildlife Sanctuary/Math Project, Pt. 1

Our special math project, which is also an outreach project in support of Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary is now underway.  (Sept. 23rd NOTE:  We have collected so many items that we will now be sharing with Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, as well!)

We have sent home notes to parents, explaining what we are doing (click on any picture to enlarge it):

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Everyone in our class received a paper bag, for collecting items,
with a note attached to it.

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We have started a Community Service bulletin board in our classroom:

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The entire school has been invited to help us collect acorns, pine cones and maple keys, to feed to baby squirrels, porcupines and fawns that will  overwintering at local wildlife sanctuaries:

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Students in our class counting out invitations for other classes

Teams of students from our class have started touring the school, making presentations explaining what wildlife rehabilitation centres do and why it is important to feed orphaned animals the types of food they will see after they are released back into the wild:

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Students rehearsing for classroom presentations

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The collection of natural foods for orphaned baby animals has begun:

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And, in a truly remarkable twist of fate... The week we began collecting food for orphaned baby animals, the family of one of my students rescued a four-week old squirrel they found on their driveway, alone, cold and dehydrated. They did a great job with emergency care, and then I drove the little guy to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, where I happened to be going for a meeting. "Squirrelly" will be one of those babies who needs to overwinter at a wildlife sanctuary, eating the kinds of foods we are collecting!  Next Spring, he will be released back into the wild close to where he was found.

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"Squirrelly" receiving a feeding of Pedialyte (2 ml), via eye-dropper


Full tummy = sleepy baby

Next step:  During the first week of October, we will be spending two or three math classes sorting, counting, calculating fractions and equivalent fractions, estimating percentages, graphing and estimating how long our food stash will last, when fed to baby squirrels.

Then I will drive all the great, natural food we collected to Woodlands Sanctuary and Aspen Valley Sanctuary, where it will teach baby animals, like Squirrelly, what foods to eat and provide them with sustenance all winter long!


Thank you for visiting our class BLOG. If you have any questions or comments, feel free e-mail me (Margaret Black): or to add a comment to this page.

6 thoughts on “Wildlife Sanctuary/Math Project, Pt. 1

  1. Diane Connor-Park

    Hey Mrs. Black,

    Looks like fun. It's wonderful to see some familiar faces in your classroom. I miss them so much. It is no surprise to see who rescued a baby squirrel. He has such tremendous heart and compassion.

    Do you think my students at Shanty Bay could get involved in this initiative?

    Please say a huge "HELLO!!!" to all the students at Rama for me.

    Mrs. Park

    1. Margaret Black

      Hi Mrs. Park!

      I will definitely pass your greetings along.

      We would love to have you join us in this project! I will pick up your contribution the first week of October (in Orillia) so I can run your acorns, etc. over to the sanctuary with ours!!


  2. Diane Connor-Park

    Hi Mrs. Black's Class!

    My 3/4 class was busy collecting pine cones and maple keys today all over our field and playground. It won't be as much as what you have all collected (amazing job, by the way!) but I hope it will help out the animals.

    Mrs. Park

  3. Monika Melichar Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary

    Once again a great big Thank You to Mrs Black and her amazing students for supplying our over-wintering squirrels with foods. They are digging right in and cannot believe their eyes that they have so much abundance. The students did an incredible job collecting and Mrs Black did an equally great job of drying all the seeds (and dealing with weevils!).
    I hope to come and visit your class one day soon and talk to you all about some of the animals here in rehab.
    Monika Melichar - Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary


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