Treasures of the Elephant's Trunk
This TopicQuest was designed for Dade and Angel, my special students
By Crystal Nugent, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher

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Introduction

Elephants are unique animals.  Did you know an elephant's trunk is its treasure?  An elephant's trunk is filled with hundreds of thousands of muscles.  An elephant can use its trunk to pick up a dime and even pull down a tree.  Have you ever seen an elephant?  You may have seen an elephant at the circus, and you may have even been on an elephant ride.  Elephants are amazing animals, come with me and let's go on an elephant exploration!





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Go to this website, The Elephant Sanctuary,  to see lots of pictures of elephants.  Just click on any of the words and you can meet all the elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary.
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If you would like to learn some fun facts, watch videos, and hear the sounds the elephants make, click on Creature Feature.
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To hear a great story about an elephant, click on Edwina's Energetic Elephant and underneath the picture, click the ear to have the story read to you and the eye to see the picture come alive.
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If you would like to take a virtual field trip to see the Elephants, go to Elephants of Cameroon and move the airplane to the red circle by the purple square at the bottom of the map.  You can see a slide show or click on take this trip to learn about and explore elephants.
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If you enjoy putting puzzles together, go to Blackdog 4 Kids  to unscramble a puzzle of the African Elephant.  Just put your mouse on the pieces and move them to the correct spot.

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If you want to know all there is to know about the elephant,the largest living land mammal, go to the Encyclopedia.  You'll discover there are two species of elephants, the African and Indian Elephant.  You can even find out how fast the elephant walks and what it eats.



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Mission Project

You have been chosen to go on an African Safari to help identify the African  elephant.  The scientists in Africa need your help!  Before you leave for your trip, you have to explore the website Creature Feature so you can gather information about the African elephant.  Once you have learned what the elephant looks like, you must draw a picture for the scientists so that when they come upon the largest living land animal, they will know it is an elephant.
Have an elephantastic trip and good luck!



Mission Steps
  1.  Explore the Creature Feature website.

  2.  Gather information to identify the elephant.

  3.  Draw a picture of the elephant with all the characteristics you have learned about from the website.  Give a description of your picture to the teacher so she can include it with your wonderful drawing.

  4.  Hand in your picture to the teacher so that she can publish it on the internet.
 




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