Number (addition and subtraction): Hotel Armadillo

1 - Learning Objective

Challenge level ⭐

(designed for children with prior knowledge of the Year 3 programme of study)

Learning Objective

We are learning how to solve a natural world problem by using and applying our skills and knowledge of number, addition and multiplication.

Useful prior knowledge:

  • To add 3 or more one-digit numbers
  • To add a two-digit number and ones
  • To count in multiples of 3, 6 and 8

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Credit: BBC Two - Natural World

Clip Description

‘Armadillo’ means ‘little armoured one’ in Spanish. The overlapping bony plates that cover much of an armadillo’s body not only give this fascinating mammal its unusual appearance, but they also help to protect it from the bites and stings of predators. There are 20 different species of armadillo and most of them are superb diggers. An armadillo will use its powerful front claws to dig and it can spend up to 18 hours a day asleep in its burrow.

In this fascinating clip, a pig-sized giant armadillo emerges from its burrow. The burrow is nicknamed ‘Hotel Armadillo’. This is because, just like a hotel, once the armadillo has ‘moved out’, the burrow provides shelter for lots of different animals. Which animals do you think we will see at the entrance of Hotel Armadillo? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

We have learnt that armadillos will sleep for a whopping 18 hours a day!

How many hours are you asleep for each day? How many more hours does an  an armadillo sleep each day than you?