On Monday we went deep into to the African forests and mountains to see if we could spot some Chimps or Gorillas. We made binoculars from paper towel tubes and then watched a couple short clips on the laptop of what apes do in the wild (ie. eat bugs off each other, swim, swing, and lounge around with their family). We then examined our outfits and added dress up clothes of green, brown and black to camouflage ourselves. With our notebooks in hand we set off into the jungle to do some "observations."
I was so proud of what happened next!
|A great view of the chimps from under this hiding spot. :)|
|Lots to write.|
|Do you see what I see?|
At the end, I called them all over to share notes and discuss what kinds of things they saw. Some notebooks had scribbles, some had letters, and some had elaborate drawings of their observations. They saw apes with babies, apes swimming, apes cracking nuts with rocks and someone even spotted a chimp with his own pair of binoculars.