Hide and Seek Mini-Unit

Start with a simple video:

http://www.sciencefriday.com/embed/video/10397.swf

Strew a book:

Camouflage by Bernard Stonehouse

Dig up an old teaching resource:

Part of a Pattern by The Curriculum Corporation

Wander around in the sun to collect natural materials to build a camouflaged insect: End up with an owl and a collage? Okay then.

The camouflage creations

Camouflage has been of interest for a while, and its great when something new pops up that starts the interest again. The next steps for us involve a library search. Picking up from the theme here we are going to expand into protective features of plants and animals.

Growing Mung Beans

Growing seeds is an age old activity and it’s heaps of fun. We grow seeds all the time – in the garden or as sprouts for eating, but I wanted to try this activity like this to get some seeds we could look at under a magnifying glass, to look at the different parts of the seedling. So we took some mung beans from my normal stash, some of the Montessori cups (bought in Ikea for use when A. was going through his ‘pouring’ phase) and some tissues. The boys water them with a small creamer jug I picked up at a second-hand shop.

This picture was taken a few days ago. They have roots now, and we are looking forward to seeing seed leaves develop. I’m trying to find some Montessori label cards (commonly called three-part cards) for these, but I haven’t been able to find them yet. If you see any, please let me know.

Another nest cam!

This time storks in Romania.

It is a really amazing to be able to watch these birds grow up!

Our First Sci-Fri

I saw this name in a site aimed at adults but I just loved the name so much I had to steal it! I was planning to introduce Sci-Fri as part of my weekly routine, but today, I realised I had, and I wasn’t even trying!

Watching Owlcam. Everyone has grass on their desk, don't they?

We started out watching the owl cam. We were lucky enough to watch the tail end of one of the eggs hatching. The boys watched and coloured an owl and baby picture I found. Then we headed out to the museum, to look at the Paleontology exhibit that was on. The boys were fascinated by the microscope, I really want one of them. On the way back to the car, we collected leaves for some more autumn actives.

We are going to get some of our activities from this free online science curriculum. It meets most of the things I expect from a curriculum: it is hands-on and experiential, doesn’t dumb things down for children, and it covers a wide range of things. It should be easily translated to activities that can be independently repeated too. It does need adapting because it is grades based, but you can’t have everything for free.

Who needs Pheobe?

We have our own nestlings!

While enjoying my morning coffee (outside, of course) I have noticed a New Holland Honey Eater sitting at the very top of several of the trees in the orchard. It has been obviously guarding a nest. And today, we accidentally located it – in our grapefruit tree. Hopefully, pictures to come.