Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Young shrews are blind and deaf for the first few weeks of their life, so they hold onto each other's tails when outside the burrow.
  • Shrews have to eat every few hours to stay alive.
  • Shrews like to eat insects, slugs and spiders.

Curriculum keywords

  • Animals
  • Adaptation
  • Habitats

Spark a discussion

  • Why do young shrews grab hold of each other's tails when they are outside their burrow?
  • Why might a mother shrew choose to move her babies from their burrow?
  • Shrews have to eat every few hours. Why might that be a problem for them?

Twig Science: A Complete Pre-K–8 Program for the NGSS

Immersive Investigations with High-Quality Multimedia

  • Investigating, designing, building, and understanding phenomena
  • Hands-on, digital, video, and print investigations
  • Synchronous/asynchronous distance learning