Science and Garden Log: November 3, 2017

Happy Friday!

It’s been quite an exciting science week at RHP.

Some creature updates:

Over the weekend, our praying mantis died, sadly, but before perishing, she laid an egg sac! Kids had mixed feelings about this, prompting some interesting thoughts about how she died:

“From laying its eggs.”

“When I get big I won’t need my mom.”

“It’s a little bit sad.”

“It was time for her to die.”

We caught one of our roaches in the middle of it’s molting process. It turned ghostly white, having emerged from its old exoskeleton, before returning to its normal color an hour or so later as it’s new body hardened.

Moon had some tummy trouble, so a vet came to our school to give her an exam. She got 2 shots and some oral medicine. Kids got to listen to her heartbeat with the doctor’s stethoscope, and everyone agreed she deserved stickers and a lollipop when it was all over. One child concluded, “Since animals can’t be doctors for each other, a person has to be an animal doctor.”

This week some groups spent a long work time in the Urban Meadow, and today our whole school spend the majority of the day there. Science groups explored mud-making and all of it’s inherent joys: digging, stirring, squishing, throwing, mud-painting, making mud cookies/soup/spaghetti, playing mud baseball. We asked kids both before we started and after this work, What is mud?

“Put water on dirt and then it will come to mud.”

“No, mix it up.”

“No, you have to smash it up.”

“You use water and sand or dirt.”

“Water then dirt and then you make mud.”

“You stomp in it.”

“You jump in muddy puddles.”

“It feels like squishy and like messy.”

“Fluffy,” “Like clay,” “Scratchy mud.”


We tried to push this further by asking a seemingly simple but surprisingly hard to answer question: What is dirt? What is it made out of? Some ideas included: “Crushed up rocks, leaves, dinosaurs.” We asked for kids ideas about how to find out what dirt is made of and one child said: “We could use a reader scanner in the Urban Meadow on the ground! You hold it ‘til you hear a Beep, Beep on the ground. Metal!” What a great idea! Does anyone have a Metal Detector at home we could borrow?

(Science and Garden)
Written by Science and Garden Teacher, Nora