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?