Welcome back to Kids Corner! Read on for some paw-some animal jokes, amazing facts about animals that migrate, and a word puzzle! Good luck, have FUN, and leave a comment to let us know if you solved the puzzle!
Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Animal Jokes!
Use your mouse to highlight the answers after you see the 'A'!
Q: What do you call a sleeping bull?
A: A bull-dozer!
Q: What sound do porcupines make when they kiss?
Q: Why didn’t the lion eat the clown?
A: Because he tasted funny!
Q: How do bees get to school?
A: They take the school buzz!
Q: What do you call a bear with no ears?
Q: What do you call the horse that lives next door?
A: Your neighhhh-bor!
Q: Can a kangaroo jump higher than a tall building?
A: Of course. Buildings can’t jump!
Let’s Learn About Migration!
As the summer comes to an end, kids across the country are getting ready to go back to school. Many animals are getting ready for a big change too. They are getting ready to migrate.
Migration is when a group of animals move from one place to another, usually at the same time every year. Some animals migrate to find food or a mate, while others migrate to find warm weather to escape the winter.
Some animals, like frogs, migrate only a short distance (as little as a mile or so) to find a pond to mate in. Other animals, like many birds, can move up to thousands of miles!
One bird, the Arctic Tern, travels 22,000 miles between Greenland (where they spend the summer) and Antarctica (where they spend the winter). It takes them 40 days to make each 22,000-mile journey.
How far is 22,000 miles? The whole United States is only 2,800 miles wide. So that’s like traveling across the entire country almost eight times!
The birds make the long journey two times each year, one flying south and then flying back north. This means they fly 44,000 miles each year, and about 1.5 million miles in their 30-year lifetime!
That equals three trips to the moon and back!
Finding Their Way
Not only do migrating animals travel very far distances, but they know how to return to the exact location that they came from! How do animals know how to fly, swim, and walk such long distances to migrate without a map?
Scientists know they use the sun during the day, the stars at night, and the Earth’s magnetic field to guide them. But exactly how they navigate using these clues is a pretty big mystery to humans. Can you imagine walking across the country using only the stars to guide you?
Animals That Migrate
While you’ve probably never noticed an Arctic tern flying over your house, you probably have seen a lot of animals that were migrating. Here are just some of animals that migrate through the United States!
Solve the Puzzle!
Can you use the migrating animals listed above to answer the questions below? The letters in the circles will spell out a secret word!
(Click here for a PDF of the puzzle!)
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