Raccoons Use Rulers

Raccoons Use Rulers


Raccoons have some of the most dexterous hands in nature, as anyone who's had a garden, cooler, or garbage can broken into by one of them knows. Native Americans were the first to note their unusual paws. The English word raccoon comes from the Powhatan word aroughcun, which means "animal that scratches with its hands." While most animals use either sight, sound, or smell to hunt, raccoons rely on their sense of touch to locate goodies. This allows them to differentiate between objects  without seeing them, which is crucial when feeding at night. Raccoons can heighten their sense of touch through something called dousing. To humans, this can look like the animals are washing their food, but what they're really doing is wetting their paws to stimulate the nerve endings. Raccoons love to catch fish to eat, and if you’ve ever heard a fish story, you’ll know that every raccoon claims she’s caught the biggest one. Subsequently, raccoons need to improve their measuring skills, so they will be joining us for this class. Just don’t let that pesky raccoon steal your ruler as we measure away!


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We will be using math games, activities, animation, and manipulatives for increased interaction, fun, and understanding.


  • Minimum recommended age: 4
  • Instructor: Ms Hansa Sigar
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11-11:30 AM ET
  • 8 classes
  • February 1, 3, 8, 10 15, 17, 22, 24