Thursday, February 3, 2011

National Geographic Visitors

Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Today Mr. Beaupre, from National Geographic, and Mrs. Yollis' friend Ingrid Hanzer visited the class to talk about the importance of learning about  geography. Mr. Beaupre is the creator of National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps.
Recently, the Giant Traveling Map of Africa was at the school.

Mrs. Hanzer is a world traveler. Today, she shared about some of the African animals she photographed while visiting that continent

African Elephants - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Cheetah - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Hippo - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Wart Hog - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Lions - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Lioness and Cub - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Zebras - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Wart Hog - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Lion - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Lion on the Savanna - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Giraffe and Calves - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Baby Elephant - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Lion - Photo by Ingrid Hanzer

Do you have any questions about geography? 

Please share some facts about Africa, African animals, or geography in general!


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    I love the animal photos. I think they are perfect to show physical and behavioral adaptations.

    I enjoy meeting experts in their field. You are expert bloggers and we are new to blogging. Do you have any tips for us?

    Mrs Kistler, a 49'er

  2. We like the cheetahs and the cheetahs are cool.

    by Mattie and Nathan

  3. Dear friends,

    You are lucky to learn geography in such a way! The animals photos are really beautiful!

    Lyudmila and class

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I really liked the photos. My favorite photo was the lioness and her cub.

    Since I liked the lioness and her cub so much, I decided to do some research on African lions. Lions are a part of the cat family. Most African lions are found only in the wild sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia. One interesting fact about African lions is that they spend 90% of their time sleeping! That doesn't leave a lot of time to do anythig else.


  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,
    I really enjoy your blog!
    Those are great photos!
    There are lots of things to look at and I plan to check in for recent posts!


  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    I really enjoyed the photographs by Mrs. Hanzer. I have to say that I am quite jealous that she got to spend time in Africa and get that close to so many amazing animals. My favorite photos were of the hippos and the giraffe family.

    I have always been fascinated by hippos. They have some very cool adaptations. Like frogs and crocodiles, their eyes bulge out from the top of their head. This allows them to be almost totally underwater and still see everything that is going on around them.

    Another amazing adaptation is that they secrete a reddish, oily substance from their skin that acts like sunscreen and anti-bacterial lotion. Pretty cool!

    Mr. Salsich

  7. Dear Mrs Yollis and the Third Grade Bloggers

    Your blog is outstanding. There are so many pages to explore. It is superb!!

    Thanks for visiting our blog and leaving a suggestion for Abby's new hen. I will pass this on to the class on Monday. We have had quite a few votes and will soon be naming the hen. We will let you know what name gets the most votes. :-) It is very exciting.

    We will visit your blog in class and the children can have a chance to explore all of the wonderful content.

    Miss Docherty and the Brilliant Bloggers from Scotland

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Students,

    What a great post. I've enjoyed looking at older posts about the giant maps. This one ties in so nicely with all the pictures of the animals! We'll have a giant map coming in a couple months. Do you have any suggestions for what we could do with it? Thanks! :)

    Mr. Avery
    Plympton, Massachusetts

  9. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    What wonderful photograhps which Mrs Hanzer took.
    What a truly wonderful expereince to be able to observer these super animals in Africa.

    Animals in their own enviornment truly is a more peaceful way of viewing them.

    I did some research and found out a very intresting fact about an African elephant.
    The largest African elephant tusk ever recorded was 3.1m long and weighed nearly 105kg.

    Really a beautiful post Mrs Yollis.

    From your pal,

  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I like all the pictures! I think that the picture of the elephant was very cute. I also liked the pictures of lions. It must have been very interesting to have a person from National Geographic to come. We are not learning about geography in class yet but we might learn this year or next year.

    We have learned a little about the places where our blogging buddies live and I know that below the equator the seasons are the opposite of what the seasons are in the Northern Hemisphere. So, in Australia right now it is summer and fall. I also know there is a Tropic of Capricorn and a Tropic of Cancer.

    in Mr. Salsich's class


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