Oh, well. Three out of four isn't bad.
When Science Club ended and all four of my children were in finally the same place at the same time, we spent some family time together... our first since the school year started. We went to Artspace 304 for Art Games Night. The activity was Exquisite Corpse, and the girls had a great time. I grabbed some extra papers for the students in my homeschool co-op, since all of the contributions will be part of a curated art exhibit presented in October/ November at the gallery. How fun! Then we all headed out to dinner at Don Sol and, as a special surprise, I took the kids to the Thai ice cream place for dessert. At first we had Freeze! all to ourselves so we happily drew on the chalkboards, added sticky notes to the wall, and pretended to walk the runway at a fashion show. At some point other customers had to arrive, of course, but it was still a fun and memorable family evening.
Friday is the day for Science Club this year, which is also a nice way to wrap up the week. Our first topic is Birds and we started by looking at Bird Beaks and Bird Songs.
Friday, September 7
- pass out everyone's new Science Club notebooks and allow time for kids to write in Science questions and topic requests... if you were planning the perfect Science Club, what kinds of things would we do?
- jump right into thinking like a Scientist by talking about classification (classification is now thought to be the highest of the higher level thinking skills; we are all supposed to be doing more of it with our students, in as many contexts as possible)
- review Linnaean system of classification:
- Kings Play Chess On Fine Grains of Sand
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species
- skulls: turkey, duck
tracks: great horned owl, wild turkey, coot, quail, wood duck, great blue heron
- Grasslands of North America: greater prairie chicken
Mountains of South America: Andean condor
Deserts of Africa: sandgrouse
- foods: Swedish fish, mini marshmallows, bunches of grapes, colored water, gummy worms, sunflower seeds
tools: toothpicks, slotted spoons, scissors, turkey basters, tweezers, clothespins
has very clear teacher instructions for how to set up the experiment, explaining which tool represents which kind of beak and which bird uses that beak... and she also includes a record sheet, but I found it was easiest to simply place an index card by each food towards the end of the activity and let the students write down their preferred tool
Friday, September 14
- review the types of beaks we learned about last week
- read interesting facts from Everything You Never Learned About Birds by Rebecca Rupp, chapter 4, Dinner with the Birds:
- make hummingbird nectar recipe and discuss ratios, fill and hang seed feeders around the yard, wash and refill birdbath
- pass out everyone's new Bird Log and allow time for kids to look through it and see how it is organized
- read The Barn Owls by Tony Johnston
- dissect owl pellets!
Owl Pellet Bone Sorting Chart & Owl Pellet Skeleton Diagrams
from Nature Watch
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