Americor started us off with a lesson about currents and icebergs. Then we dove into an environmental issue in Guam, the brown tree snakes. We read Guam’s Brown Tree Snakes: Hanging Out and discovered how quickly these snakes populate and how bad it could be if a single snake were to sneak aboard a ship or plane to another country like Hawaii. There is only one native snake in Guam, but is tiny and harmless. The brown tree snake can lay 12 eggs twice a year! They have spread so quickly, even against measures taken to depopulate, that the ratio of snakes in Guam is about 5,000 snakes per square mile! The snakes pack a hearty appetite and have wiped out MANY of Guam’s indigenous animals. Guam has utilized many ways to try to eradicate the snakes such as dropping poisonous mice, traps, and even using Jack Russells to sniff out snakes at ports.
After learning about Guam and its snakes, we devoted time to individual reading time and assistance with homework!