Mother Opossum and Her Babies focuses on the intriguing behavior of the Virginia Opossum. Children role play opossums sniffing in the night. They measure themselves next to a life-size poster of a mother opossum, and compare their hands and feet to an opossum’s paws. Throughout, mathematics is centrally integrated with life science. Students learn about the opossum’s pouch and the development of baby opossums. Through dramas, children learn about the famous trick of "playing ’possum," and are challenged to identify mystery foods by smell. After making their guesses, the class enjoys a snack of "opossum foods."