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Seed identification

Seeds and nuts are fun to find.  My students like to bring them to school and show everyone.  Here are some common seeds/nuts in the area.

Acorns and oak leaves

Dandelions

“helicopters” from maple trees

http://picsbox.biz/key/seed%20identification%20key

Sunflower seeds

http://www.studyblue.com/notes/note/n/crop-seed-identification-shawn/deck/2206798

These make a fun rattling noise

Photo of CLOSED: Seed pod/seeds  - probably acacia... but which???

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=9335249

pinecones

http://scienceforkids.kidipede.com/biology/plants/trees/

http://texastreeid.tamu.edu/content/howToID/

Walnuts

http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ecoph8.htm

horse chestnuts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesculus_hippocastanum

 

Here is a cool nature site

http://www.nature-watch.com/teaching-kids-about-trees-c-160_184.html

Plant identification

Here are some plants that I have seen during my walks in the woods.  Some of the plants are native to Wisconsin and some are invasive species.

Nodding thistle

https://i2.wp.com/www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/herbarium/invasive_species/carnut_flower_head01_web400.jpg

Queen Anne’s lace

https://i2.wp.com/www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/herbarium/invasive_species/daucar_inflo01_web400gf.jpg

Purple Loosestrife

https://i0.wp.com/www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/herbarium/invasive_species/lytsal_inflorescence01.jpg

Duckweed

daylily

red clover

Common milkweek seeds.  These are really soft and fun to see fly in the wind.  If you open the pod slowly you can see the seeds arranged in a spiral.

These are easy to find in the fall.  Just go for a walk in the woods and you will end up with some stuck to you.  I use these in lessons to show the students where the idea of Velcro came from.

wild cucumber

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Puffball mushroom.  These are pretty cool.  They can get to be the size of a soccer ball.

More science stuff

     Today I found a birds nest on the ground in a field near our house.  It must have blown down in a recent storm.  It is amazing that a bird can build this using just their beaks and feet. 

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     While I was out I collected two jars of pond water.  I did not take a picture because you cannot see much.  With a magnifying glass you can see tiny little creatures in the water.  There are a few little snails.  Tomorrow I am going to look at some pond water under the microscope.

     This next experiment involves a bottle, banana and a balloon.  The question was can you blow up a balloon with a banana.  The experiment called for a mashed banana.  I did not want to waste a banana so I tried using the peel.  So far it has not done much. This picture was taken after about 6 hours.  

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     If it works I want to try other things to blow up balloons. I know that vinegar and baking soda will work.  Maybe I could try hot water, diet coke and menthos, hmmmm.  This could get interesting.

     Here are some plants that I have been attempting to grow. Of the 6 that I planted 2 have sprouted. The one on the left is a cactus and the one on the right is a pine tree.  Now, let’s see if I can keep them alive.

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