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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The Truth About Spiders

spider web

Spiders may seem creepy to some, but their existence is vital to the earth. Most spiders don't harm humans; they help them by keeping gardens free of pests. They also help recycle dead animals and plants back into the earth. Spiders are also a food source for many small mammals, birds and fish. What would […]

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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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It’s a Fish Eat Fish World

sharks eating progressively smaller fish

Food chains are all around us. Sharks eat seals. Seals eat big fish. Big fish eat little fish. If big fish eat little fish, what do little fish eat? Focus Questions Do all animals eat other animals? What other things do animals eat? Think About It What is the difference between a carnivore, herbivore and […]

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If You Could Talk About Animals

hippo with mouth open

Talking to children is so much fun! Even the most every day things can be fascinating to a child. Listening to excited, curious children talk and being able to engage with them is not only fun but important for development. Talking with young children helps introduce them to new sounds and vocabulary. Plus, it shows […]

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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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Do You Have Eagle Eyes?

Eagle over water

Eagles eat fish when they live near the water and meat when they live far from the water. Their front facing eyes give them the sharp vision that helps them spot prey from far away. Eagles can also fly fast. Besides their good eyesight and speed, what adaptations help eagles to catch and eat their […]

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Sing a Good Book Lately?

A bird chirping a song

Some of my favorite books to share with kids are books that can not only be read together, but sung together too. Singing can help very young children become more aware of the different sounds in words which will in turn help them develop important pre-reading skills, and singing is just plain old fun! Try these […]

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Name the Explore and Roar Tiger Contest!

Can you give our Summer Learning Challenge tiger mascot a name and tell us more about it? Choose one of these ways to participate: Read books about tigers and make a list of your favorite facts or use one to help inspire your own tiger tale Discover more about Amur tigers (formerly known as the […]

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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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