Each child also took a white plate with them to bring back finding, shake out branches or plants for smaller signs of life and nature. We collected the findings back at a table and looked some of them up, inspected closer and a few kids even nature journaled these extra findings.
Holly discovered the various layers of nature in her square. We talked about digging down a bit carefully to look for bugs, eggs or larvae - which she found a small larvae. She also discovered layers of decaying plant life. Seeing this decay triggered a discussion on composting - she drew out a little diagram of how composting works in her mind within nature. This was a fantastic lesson. We have done this before at home in our yard, but I think we need to do this more frequently in different settings. I'd even love to mark off one area and observe it long term to see changes throughout a year. Really, so much could be done with this lesson.
To finish off we read this book at home, One Small Square - Woods by Donald M. Silver. A great book to open a child's mind to observation and the bigger picture!
|Fantastic Book - entire series looks great!|
|Picture we discussed on how a square foot is more than just the 'ground' but up, over, under and inside.|
|Holly & other kids making their 'square foot' tool to measure out their research area.|
|Holly's sqaure foot.|
|Busy recording her findings.|
|Now carefully digging under the initial leaf and debris cover to look for more.|
|She discovered composting materials and a larvae.|
|Some findings the kids discovered and brought back for further observation.|
|Another GREAT book - we used this for some identification today.|
|Holly's journal page of her Square Foot, drawn & labeled.|
|Her diagram on composting in nature. A great discussion.|
|Starting a Cat's Eye or God's Eye with sticks and yarn.|
|Having some fun!|
|Holly & a friend - all done! They look proud!|