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Kind News Resource Room

Supplements to the February/March 2013 issue

Kind News magazine for kids

Kind News Feb/Mar 2013 cover


In this issue of Kind News, we learn about a rescue mission to save gopher tortoises in Florida. After students read the feature story, encourage them to explore what gopher tortoises have in common with other animals:

The feats of feet. Gopher tortoises use their strong forefeet and claws to excavate their burrows. Discuss  with students other animals whose legs and feet double as tools. Honeybees’ legs have different segments for gathering and holding pollen, combing, and cleaning. Raccoons and squirrels use their forefeet to hold things, much as we use our hands. Butterflies "taste" with their forefeet and spiders’ smelling organs are located in their feet. Cats, dogs, and birds use their feet to groom and scratch. Kangaroos, ostriches, and horses rely on a powerful kick to fend off attackers. Humans use their feet to stand, move, and balance. Can students think of other animals  who use their feet in unique ways?

Supplemental worksheets

Sharing a Home (grades K-2) - Connect the dots to find out who shares a gopher tortoise's burrow.
Show What You Know (grades 3-6) - A true/false quiz testing students' knowledge of turtles and tortoises.

More resources

  • Visit worldspayday.org to learn more about Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and World Spay Day (February 26) events, including low-cost spay/neuter clinics in your area. And be sure to check out the entrants to the World Spay Day 2013 Pet Pageant.
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