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Watch and Discuss: Beaver's Buildings

Watch some real beavers in action. 


  • Beaver’s Buildings (video)
  • Photos of beaver dams, from books or downloaded from the Internet


Before you watch: Tell children that in this video children will watch some real beavers.

After you watch:  Ask:

  • What do you think the beavers did with the trees they cut down?
  • The children talked about the beaver lodge. What do you think a beaver lodge is? (A home for beavers.)
  • Do you remember if we saw a beaver dam in the video? (No.) Show children the photos of beaver dams you downloaded. What’s the difference between a beaver dam and a beaver lodge?

Optional: Show the video a second time. Ask children what else they notice this time around.