Thursday, February 18, 2010

Eco-Explorer Try-It

1. Exploring Nature (Thurs. 2/18/10):

On our hike today we tried to find living and nonliving things in the natural environment.

Nonliving Things:

dew drops - no
smooth rock - no
shiny rock - no
sand - no
broken rock - yes
water - yes
sunlight - yes
clouds - yes
rock piles/cliffs - yes

Living Things:

flat green leaf - no
green leaf with pointy edges - no
green leaf with insect holes - no
green pine needles on a tree - yes
insects - yes
flower - no
cactus - no
mushroom - no
moss - yes
squirrel - no
chipmunk - no
bird - yes
worm - no

Signs of Living Things:

ant hill - no
bird nest - no
bones - no
broken twigs and branches - yes
brown leaves lying on the ground - yes
bits of fur and feathers - no
spider web - no
animal footprints - yes

2. What's a Habitat? (Thurs. 2/18/10):

When you are hungry and your stomach is growling you need to find some of this = food

When you are thirsty this is the best liquid for you to drink and it's not soda = water

This one word means a place to live and it rhymes with place = space

If you were outside and there was a bad storm you would look for this type of place = shelter

3. Make a Habitat (Fri. 2/26/10):

This is the Karner blue butterfly habitat. The Karner blue butterfly is important to protect it because its beautiful and endangered. You should also protect its habitat because it is the only thing it uses to survive, especially the lupine plant, which is also endangered.

4. Food Chain

5. Speak Up for Animals!

6. Helping Wildlife (Sun. 2/21/10):

In the Winter Birding program we learned about birds and how to use binoculars to see them in nature. Then we made bird feeders out of milk cartons and put seed in the bottom.

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