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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


“helicopters” from maple trees

Sunflower seeds

These make a fun rattling noise

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



horse chestnuts


Here is a cool nature site


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

Queen Anne’s lace

Purple Loosestrife



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

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. 


     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.  


     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.