Mrs. Petersen's Third Grade Class
Manning Elementary School
Manning, Iowa


North Country Night, by Daniel San Souci, is a non-fiction book that shares with us the quiet beauty of a North Country night and the activities of the woodland animals featured in the story. We enjoyed the book together, noting the illustrations and the different animals featured. Since it’s a non-fiction book, we decided to find more information on these animals by doing a search with our ibooks. We shared our information by writing reports on our favorite woodland animal. Our art teacher, Mrs. Ferneding, taught us how to use pastels and splatter paint technique to draw winter scenes. We hope you enjoy our work!

Great Horned Owl
by: Katie

Great horned owls are twenty four inches to sixty one centimeters long. The great horned owl can turn  its head all the way around because it can not move its eyes to see enemies. Great horned owls don’t make their homes. They find them in caves, hollow trees, old nests of hawks or crows, underground burrows, barns, and dserted houses. These aniamals haves babies in old hawk or crow nests. The great horned owls eat other owls and mammals like rats, mice, and shrews. They mostly eat animals that they kill, but sometimes they will eat animals on the road that have recently been killed. An interesting fact about the great horned owl is that the young great horned owl can’t fly until they are nine to ten weeks old. Both female and male sit on the eggs. The great horned owl can hunt in the snow.

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by Ericka

Beavers are furry mammals, and weigh around 40-60 pounds. They have two layers of fur, short ears, their tails look like a paddle, and are 12-15 inches long, six-seven inches wide, and 3/4 inches thick. Bark, twigs, and roots of trees is what beavers like to eat. Some of their favorites are water plants, water lillies, (esc.) the roots and tender sprouts from the water plants. A few of the beaver’s other favorites are small cottowood, poplar, willow, and aspen trees. Beavers live in lodges. Lodges are made of logs, branches, mud, rocks, and grass. The lodges are built in rivers, streams, marshes, lakes, ponds, and they can be built in dens that are in the riverbank. Newborn beavers are 15 inches long, 1/2-one and a half pounds, and their tails are three and a half inches long. Young beavers are called kits or pups.

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Gray Coyote
by: Jerad

The lengh of a gray coyote with the tail is 40 to 60 inches and it weighs from 15 to 45 pounds. A coyote is a light gray color with green or yellow eyes and has large pointed ears. Low plains, deserts, valleys, and grasslands are the names of the places where coyotes live in North America, Alaska, New England, Mexico, and Canada. Coyotes live fiffteen years in the wild. During the winter coyotes eat elk, mesquite beans, sheep, sick cows, watermelons, bucks, and horses. But in spring, fall, and summer they eat small mammals, insects, reptiles, fruit, carrion, meats, small rodents, and other animals.

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by Jesse

Bobcars are wild cats. Bobcats are spotted. They have pointed ears and a long tail. The bobcat eats deer, fish, and buffalo, among other animals. Bobcats jump out of a tree and attack its prey. The bobcat lives in Canada and also lives in the U.S. They live in the forest by themselves.

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Rabbit by Courtney E.

Rabbits are fluffy animals. They have short fluffy tails, long ears, a coat of soft fur, brown or black eyes, and bronish, grayish, or whitish fur. Their eyes are on the side of their head. Rabbits are found in Africa, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and North and South America. Their shallow hole is called a form. Cottontail rabbits eat shrubs, weeds, grass, leaves, and plants. In the winter they eat twigs, bark, fruit of bushes and trees.

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by Tyler

Coyotes are mammals with goldish brownish fur. A coyote is known for its eerie howl, pointed ears, and bushy tail. Coyotes eat rabbits, gophers, mice, prairie dogs, and rats. Sometimes they can even catch weak elk or cattle. Coyotes live mostly in North America. They live on the plains wherever there is dead grass. Coyotes were killed for their brown fur. Ranchers killed coyotes because they killed their livestock.

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The local standards and benchmarks addressed were: Language Arts: Benchmark: Read for Meaning
Talk and write about realistic fiction, folk tales, fairy tales, tall tales, legends, fables, poetry, mysteries, historical fiction, fantasy, biographies, and nonfiction.
Informational Reading-Identify topic/main idea, supporting details, vocabulary in context, and genre. Benchmark: Write a sequence of several proper and legible sentences organized around a theme.
Write narrative, descriptive, and expository paragraphs.
Use the writing process.

Technology: Use keyboards and other common input and output devices.
Discuss common uses of technology in daily life.
Use technology tools for writing, communication, and publishing activities.
Use technology resources for problem solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities. Determine which technology is useful and select the appropriate tool(s) and technology resources to address a variety of tasks and problems.

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