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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Science In My Own Backyard

We own about a 1/2 acre of land in a small rural town. Even though we are in town, we get all kinds of critters, that DJ has been enjoying taking pictures of. I also mentioned that next year for 4H the kids picked bugs. One of the projects you can do is to have a bug collection. Since the kids are opposed to killing the bug in order to collect it, we are recording bugs we find with the camera. There are only a few so far, finding a bug that is ready to get its picture taken is not an easy process, LOL! The one picture is of a cocoon DJ found when helping his Dad clear up leaves. As you can see the butterfly had already released itself from the cocoon. Yes, by the way, that is a caterpillar on Caitlin's head! And no that caterpillar did not go into that cocoon, and may or may not have been the moth shown. We had a picture of a really cool moth, but do you think I can find the picture? We get that same moth, or one that looks just like it, every year in the same spot of our garage wall. I hope I find the picture. You can teach your kids about ecosystems, and habitats, without expensive curriculum just by exploring your own back yard.


Betchai said...

the best way to learn science is indeed outside melissa, and am glad they got it right at your backyard.

MissMOE said...

Learning about bugs outside should be a required rite of passage for all kids!

Melissa said...

Thank you Betchai and Miss Moe. We have so much fun learning Science. It is one of our easiest and most fun classes to do.

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