Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Nature Study, Outdoor Hour Challenge #2 . .

Using Your Words:

We decided to kill two birds with one stone this week, and try doing our field trip and nature study at the same time. We chose a local Nature Area complete with paths, bridges, stream, wild flowers, etc. The field trip part was to find a letterbox that was supposed to be in that area. No luck there, I'm afraid, it has not been found for a year and we didn't find it either. So on with the Nature Study!

It was a very interesting area and we were all very intrigued by everything around us. First, I will tell you the challenge part and then explain what we saw.

**One word to describe something they heard: crunchy (C9), tweeting (C8), bzzzz (C4)

** Two words to describe something they saw: blue stream (C9), brown grasshopper (C8), hopping grasshopper (C4)

** Three words to describe something they felt: happy about nature (C9), bumpy, dirty ground (C8), poke, orange weeds (C4)

We started out with a walk through an area out in the open surrounded by weeds and wild flowers. There were a couple of small foot bridges to cross that went over little streams. We came across a grasshopper that must have fascinated the kids because we spent about 5 or so minutes just looking at it.

Then onto an area that was surrounded by big trees and smaller willow type trees. There was a small river that ran through this area with some nice, small rapids. It was fun to see the different kinds of trees and bushes that live on the banks of the river versus the types that are out in the fields.

For the last leg of the walk, we went through a garden of wild flowers and berry bushes. It was interesting to see the different types of flowers and the butterflies, bees, and other insects that were busy flying around and on them.

For further study, we will try to identify some of the specimens that we were able to get pictures of. For more about the Nature Study Challenges, see here.

1 comment:

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Another great nature study...your photos are a great record of your day. The grasshopper is huge! I think I would have liked to observe it for awhile too.

I enjoyed reading your words for the challenge. :)

Thank you for sharing your link this week.
Barb-Harmony Art Mom