Thursday, June 09, 2011
Outdoor Hour Challenge #1: Box Turtle
For some time now, I've been wanting to be more consistent with doing nature journals with the children. When I came across Handbook of Nature Study blog, I knew it would a great resource to help us use our Handbook of Nature Study while getting outside more to draw. Yeah! :) I promised the children we would begin after the move but I wasn't planning on starting this week nor choosing box turtles as the topic. But, God's providence is always exciting & often unexpected (for us)!
Eric came across a box turtle last night when he went to move the grill. We were thrilled to find our first creature in our new home! We placed him in a laundry basket with some water, strawberries & roast beef (what a life!). The children enjoyed looking and touching him- Benjamin quickly recognized that our turtle was a male because his bottom shell was concave. Jonathan wasn't convinced though- he was sure it had to be a mama turtle.
(The turtle was safer with the 2 youngest viewing from inside the house.)
This morning, we pulled out our Handbook and read about turtles on pages 204-205 & 207. Then we went outside to review what we had learned, which meant we had to touch and see! Here is a few things the children should be able to tell you now: turtles are reptiles (we reviewed what this meant vs being a mammal); we reviwed what turtles like to eat & noted that our tutle had only drank water last night; turtles hiss when they are threatened (we got to hear that sound a lot); turtles have 5 claws in their front legs & 4 on their back legs; the top shell is called a carapace, the bottom a plastron; box turtles can close the top & bottom of their plastron to help protect them when in danger; box turtles live on land.
Next, the children drew in their nature journals and then added some comments. I need to get a journal for Elizabeth (she just used a notebook today) and also one for myself becuase I want to join in! Here are some pictures of their nature journaling today:
Patricia's page (turtle with strawberries):
Benjamin's page (the turtle inside the laundry basket):
Matthias' two pages:
Jonathan's page (at first, he wasn't happy with how it looked but it provided a good teaching moment & after I praised him, his attitude changed):
So, there you have it- our first outdoor hour challenge! YEAH! :)
The Outdoor Hour Challenge is hosted by Barb at the Handbook of Nature Study blog.