Maize Elementary 2nd Grade, Mrs. Godsey's Class Columbus, Ohio

Here are this years wonderful projects. I hope they are informative and interesting. The students researched an assigned Ohio animal. They were given questions to answer regarding their animal and time to research the facts during school and library time. Once they had their research complete they were to take it home to create their report and visual aide. Look what we got! Awsome!

Hannah's Coyote PowerPoint

Caitlyn's Spider Turtle PowerPoint

Abdelhadi's Wood Frog Flip Book

Janihya's White Tail Deer

White Tail Deer By: Janihya

  1. Where does your animal live? What is it’s habitat?
Throughout most of the continental United States, Southern Canada, Mexico,
Central America, and Northern Portions of South America, as far as South of
Peru and some countries in Europe.
2. Describe your animal:
It is a mammal that is recognized for the white under it’s tail.

3. What does your animal eat?
The deer eats grasses and leaves.
4. Who are your animal’s enemies?
Man, the wolves, lynx, coyotes, bobcat and the cougar.
5. What does your animal look like or do in the following seasons:
Spring: Reddish-Brown
Summer: Reddish-Brown
Fall: Greyish-Brown
Winter: Greyish-Brown

6. What is your animal’s life cycle?
The fawns are born in May and the stay with their mothers for one or two years.
Then their mother leaves them, but checks on the five or six times a day to feed

7. What is unique about your animal?
The under sides of the tail is white. Also that it has four stomachs.

Great Blue Heron Poster Board
Great Blue Heron Model

The Great Blue Heron By: Kaitlyn
The Great Blue Heron is about 4 feet tall. They have a long S shaped neck, very long legs, a long sharp bill and the toes of their feet are not webbed. Overall the Herons is blue/grey it has a white face a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. They also have black flight feathers and red/brown thighs. The feathers on the neck are long and plume-like.
They like to eat little snakes, small fish, insects, and little birds. The Great Blue Heron eats both night and day especially around dawn and dusk. Herons find their food by sight. Usually they swallow their food whole and sometimes if it is too large they can choke to death. It walks through shallow water with its long legs and spears fish and frogs with its long bill.
The great blue heron lives in both freshwater and saltwater habitats. It prefers shallow water near tall tress so it can build its nest. Although they are native to Ohio they can be found in Canada and across North America. They fly north in the summer an south in the winter.
The species usually breed in colonies, in trees close to lakes or other wetlands. The average colony size is 160 nests. Great blue herons build bulky stick nests and the female can lay 3-6 pale blue eggs a year. The eggs incubate for about 28 days; they then hatch over a couple of days. In Ohio breeding occurs around the end of March to mid April and they leave the nest 60-91 days later. They can live as long as 17 years.
Their call is a deep, hoarse croak. Their wing span is about 6 feet. They can fly between 19-29 miles per hour. They are very big eaters. They tuck their head into an S shape when it is resting and flying. They are the largest wading bird in Florida and Ohio.

Black Bear Report By: Morayo

Black Bear By: Morayo
  1. Where does your animal live? What is it’s habitat?
North America in the wild, wooded areas.
2. Describe your animal:
The black bear is the most common species of bear in North America.

3. What does your animal eat?
A black bear eats fruits, grasses and meat.
4. Who are your animal’s enemies?
Raccoons, wolves, and mountain lions.
5. What does your animal look like or do in the following seasons:
Spring: They eat a lot.
Summer: They eat to much.
Fall: They eat so much.
Winter: In the winter they hibernate.

6. What is your animal’s life cycle?
Black bears live for 30 years or more.
7. What is unique about your animal?
They have a creamy spot on their chest. They are bit, but they are gentle.
8. How does your animal use the plants in their habitat and how do the plants
benefit from your animal?
They get their food from plants. When the animals pass waste it helps to enrich the
soil so that the plants can grow better.

Green Frog By: Jamie

Green Frog By: Jamie
Green frog lives in Ohio. They are small frog. Frogs can catch flies, bugs and spiders. They live next to the pond to swim. Frogs can be different colors. Frogs are amphibians. Frogs can live ten years. Frogs can be a pet. They green frog is the most abundant and widely distributed frog in Ohio. Green frogs are green, greenish brown, brownish yellow, green and olive with some rare individuals being blue. They eat insects, spiders, flies plans, small snakes and other frogs. Bigger animals and people are the frogs enemies. They lay eggs in spring, in summer they are tadpoles in fall they are grown and in winter they hibernate. It takes three to 22 months for a frog to grow big. They can live up to ten years. They eat the plants and sit on them.

Bobcat By: Rieana

Bobcats By: Reiana
The young bobcats are helpless and dependent on the mom. The bobcat is completely furred with its eyes closed when born. The eyes will open in 3 to 11 days. The young are fully weaned in weeks and they will disperses and begin life on their own in the fall and the late winter.
Bobcats are also known lynx. The bobcat has short soft fur; color varies from light gray to yellowish brown and reddish brown on the upper body. The fur on the middle of the back is normally darker the on the sides. The ears are black with white spots. Bobcat’s tails are also black.
They eat free roaming domestic fowl and small pets could become pray to the bobcat. They prefer rabbits and hairs it will hunt anything from insects and small rodents to deer.
The bobcat’s habitat is primarily scrubby country and broke forest, but they adapt well to swamps, farmlands and arid lands if they are rocky or bushy.

Eastern Box Turtle By: James

Eastern Box Turtle By: James
The Eastern Box Turtle mostly lives in wooded areas like swamps and grasslands. This is known as the only land turtle. It’s shell is domb shaped, colored brown, black and yellow. They like to eat worms, snails, beetles, berries, and fruit.
The turtle’s worst enemy is people in cars.
My animal starts as an egg, then a baby and then an adult. They can grow to be 7 or 8 inches long and can live up to 50 or 60 years old. Some can live up to be 100 years old. During the summer they hide in moist dark areas and com out only in the mornings and evening.
I think these turtles are unique because they have been known to eat poisonous fungi making them inedible by people. A plant helps a turtle stay alive. A turtle can not be a house pet, a box turtle is an outside turtle. Most turtles can live by your house in different areas.

Grey Fox By: Chloe

The Grey Fox By: Chloe
The grey fox can be found from Ontario, Canada, throughout the central and southwestern Untied States down to Venezuela. It prefers wooded and brushy areas. They are found in a large variety of habitats, occurring near cities.
The individual black and white hairs give the appearance of grey. The tail is bushy. The sides of the neck and chest are orangish-red. The throat, cheeks and muzzle are white. The tail has a black tip.
The grey fox east mice, rates, rabbits, vegetation, wild birds, fruit and insects.
They grey foxes enemies are cougars, eagles, wolves, coyotes and humans killing them for their fur.
The grey fox is usually born in April-May. The litter size is 4-5 kits. The peaks breeding months are February to March. The gestation is 53 days. The young leave the parents in the fall about 5-7 months after birth.
What makes my animal unique is that it is the only member of the dog family that can climb trees.
The grey fox uses the plants and vegetation in it’s habitat as a food source.

Katydid By: Devin

The American Bald Eagle By: Ali

The American Bald Eagle By: Ali
Ohio’s Bald Eagle population grew from only four nesting pairs along the southwestern Lake Erie shore 25 years ago, to a record 79 eagle pairs in 28 counties in 2002. The pairs produced a record 107 young last year. Although bald eagles may range over a great distances, once they are mature enough to breed they usually return to nest within 100 miles of where they were raised. Bald eagles reach breeding maturity at three to four years of age. They generally keep the same mate year after year, but if one of the pair should die, the other eagle will find another mate. An eagles’ life span in the wild is generally 15 to 20 years. Eaglets are mottled brown and do not acquire white head and tail feathers until age five or six. The young are flying within three month, but remain under the care of the adults for another seven to 10 weeks. Bald eagles live along the coast and on major lakes and rivers where they feed mainly on fish. Once paired, bald eagles remain together until one dies. The survivor will not hesitate to accept a new mate. The female bad eagle is 35 to 37 inches, slightly larger than the male. With a wingspan which varies from 79 to 90 inches. The male bad eagle has a body length from 30 to 34 inches. The wingspan ranges from 72 to 85 inches. Bald eagles weigh from ten to fourteen pounds. Northern birds are significantly larger than their southern relatives. A bald eagle’s skin is protected by feathers lined with down. The feet are cold resistance because they are mostly tendon. The outside of the bill is mostly nonliving material, with little blood supply.
An eagle’s wings are long and broad, making them effective for soaring. To help reduce turbulence as air passes over the end of the wing, the tips of the feathers at the end of the wings are tapered so that when the eagle fully extends its wings, the tips are widely separated.
To help them soar, the eagles use thermals, which are rising currents of warm air and updrafts generated by terrain, such as valley edges or mountain slopes. Bald eagles are capable of seeing fish in the water from several hundred feet above, while soaring, gliding or in flapping flight. This is quite an extraordinary feat, since most fish are counter-shaded, meaning they are darker on the top and thus harder to see from above. Fisherman can confirm how difficult it is to see a fish just beneath the surface of the water from only a sort distance away.

Peregrine Falcon By: Austin

Peregrine Flacon By: Austin
A peregrine falcon can be found nearly everywhere on Earth, except extreme Polar Regions, very high mountains and most tropical rainforests. The only major ice free land mass from which it is entirely absent is New Zealand. The peregrine falcon has a body length of 13-20 inches and a wingspan of around 34-47 inches. Males are noticeably larger then females. The peregrine falcon feeds almost exclusively on medium sized birds, such as doves, waterfowl, songbirds and pigeons. Other then bats taken at night it rarely hunts small mammals, but will on occasion to take rates, voles, hares, mice and squirrels. The falcon maybe killed by eagles or owls. There are different types of peregrine falcons, some live in the same spot year round, and others migrate. The pair mates same nesting spot annually. Mostly three to four eggs are laid in the scrape.
They are incubated for 29-33 days, mainly by the female. Chicks fledge 42-46 days after hatching, and remain dependent on their parents fro up to two months. The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on the planet; it can soar to 200 mph.

Red Tail Hawk By: J.D.

Red Tail Hawk By: J.D.
The red tailed hawk is classified as a buteo hawk that spends much of its time soaring and has a broad wings and a short, fan-shaped tail. It has a large bird with a red tail. It is a hawk that is frequently seen in Ohio. It has not suffered the severe population declines caused by DDT and other pesticides that have struck other species. These birds are extremely beneficial and it is illegal to kill them.
This large majestic bird has a brown back and a white breast. The tail of the adult is a brick-red color, hence the name. A good field mark is a and of dark stripes across the breast. Much variation is found in the coloration of this bird. Immature read tailed hawks are brown and white stripes.
This hawk is a fairly common permanent resident that inhabits woodlands, fields, plains, and desserts. Hawks are carnivores. Their diet is quite variable, but consists mostly of insects, and some other small mammals. They also eat small rodents and reptiles. Their typical call is loud scream. These birds hunt in the open country, but build nests of sticks high in the fork of a tall tree.
Vital Statistics

  • Weight: 2-4 lbs.
  • Length: 22”
  • Wing Span: 56”
  • Mating Season: Spring
  • Life Span: 10-21years
  • Number of Eggs: 1-3

    The White Pelican By: Judia

    American White Pelican By: Judia
  1. Where does your animal live? What is its habitat?
Natural abode of a plant or animal dwelling place very social, September to Florida and Mexico.
2. Describe your animal:
Biggest birds 5-8kg long span wings bright yellow, orange pouch for feeding.

3. What does your animal eat?
It eats fish, salamanders, frogs, aquatic invertebrates.
4. Who are your animal’s enemies?
People with guns, predators, harsh weather.
5. What does your animal look like or do in the following seasons:
Spring: other fur countries
Summer: Ohio
Fall: September leave
Winter: leave to a warmer climate white pelican, brown pelican.

6. What is your animal’s life cycle?
Lifespan 12-14 years.
7. What is unique about your animal?
Pelicans are unique in catching their food.
8. How does your animal use the plants in their habitat and how do the plants
benefit from your animal?
Fiber for the pelicans grown for the plants.
Anthony's Eastern Fox Snake

Eastern Fox Snake By: Anthony

On of Ohio’s largest snakes, the Eastern Fox Snake may grow to over five feet long. Its color is yellowish to golden brown, with series of large dark brown blotches on the body. The head is often more red or coppery then the body. The belly is yellowish with alternating rows of dark blotches.
The Eastern Fox Snake is generally associated with the Lake Erie marshes, but is often encountered in grasslands, farm fields and open woodlots. They are likely to be found wherever there are rodents to eat and places to hide. It is a true constrictor, subduing small mammals and birds by suffocating them with the coils of its body. Eastern Fox Snakes over winter go deep enough underground to avoid freezing and emerge in spring.

Check out our Wild Ohio Websites:

NorthWest Ohio Nature
Ohio Nature Education

State of Ohio Science GLI's

GLI 7: Compare the habitats of many different kinds of Ohio plants and animals and some of the way animals depend on plants and each other.
GLI 8: Compare the activities of some of Ohio's most common animals during the different seasons.

Ohio Writing Standards:

  • Generate questions for investigation and gather information from a variety of sources.
  • Use language for writing that is different from oral language, mimicking writing style of books when appropriate.

Ohio Reading Standards:

  • Reading applications informational, reading process and acquisition of vocabulary.

Technology Standards:

  • Demonstrate operation of basic computer and multimedia technology tools.
  • Use productivity tools to produce creative works.
  • Participate in group projects and learning activities using technology communications.
  • Apply basic browser and navigation skills to find information from the Internet.