Today the students completed a “Beaver Challenge” to help them understand how much beavers carry on an average day and where the phrase “busy as a beaver” came from.
A single beaver moves over 500 pounds of sticks on an average day. To help the students visualize this number and get a sense of how much work that is, we had them work in pairs to drag a 40 pound jug of water down the hallway. We used 12 jugs of water, so as a class we moved almost as much as a single beaver does in one day.
The students (and teachers) had a lot of fun with this activity!