October 15

Nature Hike

Second grade scientists joined me on a nature hike to complete their plant unit. We identified seeds and nuts on the great variety of plant life around campus. We found moss and mushrooms in moist places and lichen going on trees. These botanists discovered berries on bushes, goldenrod near the pond, and vines around trees. We saw both deciduous and evergreen trees and noted the differences in the needles and leaves. We also observed cones on several conifers and the differences in bark texture. On some trees, we spotted tree roots that were exposed and holes in trees which could be animal homes. Differentiating between saplings and weeds is tricky, but we practiced by looking at examples of both. We are truly blessed to attend school on such beautiful grounds!

Both classes found some other surprises too. Who lives here?

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October 15

Joro Spider

Many of my students and colleagues have been sharing sightings of the joro spider. We’ve discovered these large, colorful spiders in their webs around the pond behind school. These spiders are from Asia. They probably traveled to Georgia in shipping containers around 2014. They are known for their expansive, strong, multi-layered orb webs.

Click here and here to learn more. Thanks to Mrs. Erbrick for capturing this photo,

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October 15

Rainbows/Visible Spectrum

Visible light, also known as white light, consists of a collection of colors. When the sunlight passes through the prism, the white light is separated into its component colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. The separation of visible light into its different colors is known as dispersion. This is the movement of the spectrum during one day in our lab. Why does it travel across the room? Is the sun or earth moving?


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