All of my scientists look forward to observing our lab animals! It isn’t often that I catch all three frogs together. Yoda is usually hidden away during the day. As soon as I took this picture, he disappeared.
Jabba likes to go for a swim.
Uno, a Pekin duck, and Percy, a silver appleyard, live in the retention pond behind school. They were hatched in the lab and cannot fly. We had some visiting mallards last week. Our ducks were not very welcoming and they didn’t stay long.
After we returned from our days off because of the hurricane, my youngest scientists discovered nearly perfect circles of “white dots” on the playground. They were very curious about what they might be and started thinking like scientists. Not certain, but I think it is lichen.
Our campus is like working in a nature center! We are very blessed to have such a beautiful place in which to learn and explore.
First grade engineers enjoyed this challenge, so I decided to give the same challenge to my second grade engineers. They were tasked to build a structure using Popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, 3 x 5 cards, and clothespins that could stand on its own. This isn’t easy to accomplish and I was impressed with the variety of designs! While some students used symmetry to help balance their structures, many other structures were asymmetrical. Every time our structures fell, we used what we learned to improve our designs.
This young engineer placed one clothespin horizontally at the foundation which enabled her to balance the rest of her structure. She also had a very steady hand!
My older scientists and I have been learning about hurricanes. Click here to watch a video about hurricanes.
What is growing on the tree? My scientists weren’t certain, but most thought it might be moss. I explained that this is lichen which is a symbiotic relationship between fungus and algae. We looked at a couple other examples of symbiosis. Click here to watch a video about lichen. Many trees on campus have lichen on them.