I have just learned of this awesome animal based March Madness bracket event occurring called Mammal March Madness 2014 and it looks amazing. They have set up 4 divisions of, mostly, mammals to simulate battles between in a NCAA bracket-esque event. The four divisions are:
- Social Mammals (they get to fight in their groups!),
- The Who in the What Now? (mammals most of us do not know, learn something new!),
- Fossil Mammals (back from the past!),
- Marine Mammals (my favorite group!).
Tonight, we sat down and made our picks for Social Mammals and Marine Mammals. We got out his Smithsonian The Animal Book and my laptop for anything not covered in his book. First things first, I taught him how to do research. Look at the name of the animal on the bracket (we are using the common name bracket, not the Latin names.. this year) and then look it up in the Index at the back of his book. If it was there, we would flip to the page and read about it. If it was not there, I would get out Google and find it. Then we would talk about what factors might be important to the individual battle, such as animal size, speed, strength, social group size, etc. Then he would write down his prediction and move to the next set.
|Research, research, research!|
His Social Mammal prediction:
|Bracket courtesy of: http://mammalssuck.blogspot.com|
|Bracket courtesy of http://mammalssuck.blogspot.com|
Marine Mammal Winner:
OCEANIC WHITE TIP SHARK
Some of the better quotes that came out of our research tonight (pictures provided in case you are not familiar with that animal):
"HAHAHAHAH Musk ox will just pound that little tail-less squirrel"
"Wolf, cause it can run faster and the ox is low and slow so the wolf will run it down and jump on it and eat it"
"Mandrill will beat the wolf because it can bite and break wolves bones."
"Narwhal will go ::tosses his head into my stomach:: with its tusk! Easy."
"Walrus tusks into heart Orca dead."
We will do the other two brackets over the weekend. This is going to be fun!! Play along with us! Post your picks or pictures of your picks in the comment section!