This past week we put our official study of land animals on hold as we took to a local hiking trail (one of the few I know of here) and wandered through the forest.
As we walked we put some recent classes we’d taken and things we learned to the test.
Back in October the boys went to a class given by a nearby state park that taught them how to identify animal droppings and look for signs of animals. They were able to figure out this is from a meat eater. Meat eater have line shaped poops, and vegetarians have ball shaped poops. This particular one was probably sick because it’s rather runny. And yes, I was immensely grossed out.
We checked out the man made lake and decided this was non-potable water here. Princess learned how to tell this at her campout with American Heritage Girls (if you can I highly recommend joining them).
We found signs of drought in the trees. One of those is the extensive root system being visible above ground, though as I do more research this is somewhat in debate. It could also be a result of erosion……
We discussed how this tree came down. Was it cut down or did it fall on it’s own? After talking for a while we decided it had been cut down and that no animal could have done that, so it must have been a chainsaw or something similar. Than we discussed if it was cut down because it was healthy or not. The jury is still out on that with it leaning towards the tree being sick.
We discussed why the path was cracked like this. It’s another sign of drought. The ground is so dry it is clumping together and cracking.
We found a small hole dug out under this rock. We discussed what kind of animal would live under the rock. We never decided on a satisfactory answer. With our most recent animal study being a marsupial, the kids are sure everything is a possum now.
What do you do to get the most out of nature walks?
Let’s see what others did this week:
Each week I’m spotlighting a few posts that were shared previously. Many posts get linked up later in the week and they don’t always get as many clicks as they deserve, so I’m trying to spotlight a few every week.
All Things Beautiful has a great study on protozoans with examples of how to study for different age ranges.
A Journey of Joy shared their pinhole camera to study the sun. Completely unrelated nerd fact about me: I took astronomy in high school because I like Star Trek.
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