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Exploring Animal Tracks

Exploring Animal Tracks

Educator and author Edith Sisson knows that every season is exciting for children. In winter, snow in many areas makes the finding of animal tracks much easier than at other times of year, so Sisson encourages us to get out and look for some. (If you live in a warmer climate, wait for the mud that follows a heavy rain to look for your tracks.)

Here are a few fun ways to be a “track detective”!

1. Find animal tracks in the snow. Identify them, using a track guide.

2. Follow them to find what story they may tell. Animal track stories in the snow generate excitement as the plot of the story is unraveled, clue by clue. Play “track detectives” and watch for the following clues: Size and shape of the tracks, number of toes showing, claw marks (if any), length of stride and sidewise width, and the overall pattern. Are there tail or wing marks? Which direction was the animal going, and where do the tracks lead?

3. To preserve an animal track story, sketch the tracks and record all the observations about them. Remember that in populated areas many tracks may be those of dogs and cats. Make a pet track survey of the area.

Read more: Nature, Nature & Wildlife

Adapted from Nature with Children of All Ages by Edith A. Sisson (Prentice-Hall, 1982). Copyright (c) 1982 by Edith A. Sisson. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Nature with Children of All Ages by Edith A. Sisson (Prentice-Hall, 1982).

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5:21AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

We've learned all the animal tracks here on our snowy mountain. It's fun to follow them and see where all they go.

5:17AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013


2:53PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Good learning trip any time of year.

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7:25AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

thanks, lynn :)

7:02AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

LOL to Lynn Miller comment...

1:58PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012


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