One of our Room 1 buddies came to school with a dead hawk....Quintin's dad had found the hawk in a paddock at his house and thought it must have been hit by a car. Anyway it's not every day you get a chance to get up front and personal with a hawk.... So we enjoyed the opportunity to look and touch the hawk, safely. The hawk's beak and claws were very pointy and sharp, and the feathers were extremely soft. We had a discussion about:
"Why the hawk would need to have such sharp claws and beak?"
Some of the children thought it would be so the hawk could eat tiny spiders easily. Others said it would be so he/she could catch the fish from the sea......then we thought about where we usually see hawks flying and discovered that we normally see them around paddocks and farms....so what are they looking for? ahhhh....click! yet another wonderful learning opportunity.