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Animal Dwellings (with Debris Hut construction)

Animal Dwellings (with Debris Hut construction)
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This 6 min. short film covers a quick look at types of shelters built or adapted for use by various animals. (You may want to use it to start a discussion to see if students can think of other examples, including complex cases such as chimney swallows who use a big piece of human construction but also make their own attached nests, etc. This could lead to individual projects or reports.)

The second half explains an adventure outing with a group 8-9 year olds, ending with a short film of them building a "debris hut" of natural materials. Debris huts look like small tepees or open-ended tunnels made for people, using study branches for a frame under a layer of insulating leaves. Building the type shown does not involve any tools, just a gathering of sticks and should be a safe activity if explained well and supervised.

Two links may add to your information:

For fun:
http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/pagegen/pretemp4.asp?pageid=587&template=4&title=Explore%21%20Nature%20Activities%20-%20Outdoor%20-%20Our%20Favorites&bgtype=BgColor&bg=&uni=0&motifid=2000002&form=0&nsection=&nlinkid=&anchor=#+%A0

For survival: http://wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/shelter/debrishut/ds2004/index.html

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