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Mr. Pat Stadille, Science Department at Carmel Middle School,(Carmel Unified School District) worked up a couple of fun things. First, Pat put together two large boxes you can check out for a few days. The first box is full of mammals specimens your students can touch and hold. Things like skulls, skeletons, fur, teeth and bat wings. Pat has several exercises and activities in a large notebook he assembled. The notebook has exercises that meet the state of California standards are appropriate for grades 5-8. The second box is full of birds prepared for scientific collections. Actually, they were prepared at Hastings in the 1930's and 1940's for the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. They are now just for teaching. Far better that a student touch the real body and feathers of a sparrow than just see one in a book. Pat has a notebook of exercises for grades 5-8, again meeting state of California science standards.
Pat also has a copy of a great video you can watch on the life of Acorn Woodpeckers. This was produced by award-winning National Geographic Society photographers who worke at Hastings for 2 years to produce the images. A great story of group sex, infanticide, incest avoidance and how deeply the lives of these birds and oaks are linked.
Contact Pat Stadille at Carmel Middle School to make arrangements to use the boxes.