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Garden City School Library: Grade 2 - Living Among Local Animals


Challenge Question: How can we make sure people and animals can live together nicely in neighborhoods with houses and buildings, so that we can keep the animals safe and their homes happy when we build new things?

Resources for Research - Part 1

Biomes are regions of the world with similar climate (weather and temperature), animals, and plants. The Eastern United States is a temperate deciduous forest biome


This biome has four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall (when the leaves change color fall off the "decidous" trees). 


Animals in temperate deciduous forests have to survive both cold winters and hot summers. Some animals hibernate, some migrate during the winter to escape the cold, and some have special adaptations to deal with higher exposure to predators in the winter. For example, many animals in this biome are camouflaged to look like the ground.


Rhode Island is home to over 800 native and non-native wildlife species! How many can you find using these resources?


Web site logo Web site name What you will find

A-Z Animals an article with sections for types of animals in RI: large mammals, rodents and other small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, insects, and fish (site has ads)
Exploring Nature

a page with lists of RI mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles (created for students)

iNaturalist a site with photos of tons of RI animals ... the link will take you to "chordates," and you can drill down to fish, amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles (names and photos only)

RI Department of Environmental Management a page with a list of RI animals and PDF fact sheets for each one

URI Rhode Island Woods an article with sections for types of RI animals: mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and invertebrates

World Book article on Forests on the left-hand side, you will see a link to a general "Animals of temperate forests" video



Thanks to the following SLRI librarians for sharing ideas and resources: Michelle Steever, Jackie Lamoureux, Nicole Galipeau, Carol Byrne, Steph Mills, and Esther Wolk.


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