Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Beavers have iron in their teeth, which makes them very strong – good for gnawing through trees!
  • Beavers use wood, rocks and mud to build dams which slow the flow of water in a river.
  • The dams create ponds in which the beavers build their homes, called lodges.

Curriculum keywords

  • Animals
  • Materials
  • Habitat

Spark a discussion

  • How are beavers' teeth suited to gnawing through trees?
  • Why do beavers store food for the winter months?
  • Why do you think beavers use wood, rocks and mud to build their dams, instead of just one material?

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