Everybody Plays

Dog with tug toy

Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge Brain Builder Animals have a natural need to explore and be active. People who care for animals want to keep animals interested in their environment by helping them practice behaviors specific to their species. This is called enrichment. Zookeepers might hang a piñata filled with food in a tree so the animal […]

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Conservation and You

sprouting plant

Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge Brain Builder Conservation involves taking an active role in caring for our natural resources, such as soil, water, air and plants. Zoos are important leaders in conservation efforts that help make sure living things are healthy and protected. You can be a conservation leader right here in Chicago. Planting native […]

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Animals at Work

honey bee on a flower

Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge Brain Builder Animals work hard to find food, build their homes and care for their young. Sometimes the work that animals do affects humans, too. Did you know that the actions of bees help produce many foods humans eat, such as chocolate, apples and watermelons? As bees search for nectar, […]

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Everybody Eats

hummingbird eating

Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge Brain Builder While birds vary in size, color and shape, they all have beaks. These beaks are tools that help birds gather and capture their good. You can tell what kind of food a bird eats just by looking at its beak! Hummingbirds have long, skinny beaks that help them […]

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Build the Ultimate Predator

Ultimate predator model

Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge Brain Builder Living things share habitats and interact with each other, and this is especially true at mealtime! Animals that hunt and eat other animals are called predators. The animals they eat are called prey. Predators and prey have adaptations to help them hunt and evade each other. For example, […]

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Built to Survive

polar bear and cub

Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge Brain Builder Have you ever thought about why giraffes have such long necks or how polar bears are able to survive in the arctic? Animals have special characteristics, called adaptations, that help them survive in their habitat. Different types of adaptations serve different purposes. The giraffe's long neck helps it […]

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Home Sweet Habitat

Terrarium in window

Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge Brain Builder All living things have a habitat. Habitats provide animals with what they need to survive: food, water and shelter. Some habitats, such as jungles, are very big while others, such as ponds, are much smaller. Many animals often share a habitat. What is your habitat? What other living […]

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Animals in Sight

Child watching cat and recording notes on a clipboard

Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge Brain Builder Have you ever wondered how scientists learn about animals? In order to better understand wildlife, scientists observe animals’ everyday behaviors, such as a meerkat looking for food or a bird preening its feathers. As they carefully observe animals, scientists track their behaviors in set time intervals. Scientists use […]

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