Thursday, October 22, 2009

Nature Study: Tree Leaf Identification

Last week, we started a Nature Study with the boys and they enjoy it. I do tailor the Nature study with each child. My youngest has a short attention span and it helps to make his time a little bit more playful. When we did a Nature Scavenger hunt, I made it fun by taping a piece of sticky tape around his wrist so that as he found items, he could place them on his wrist. At the end of his Nature Study he had a nature bracelet!

My oldest son, although he has some learning delays excels in science. We are doing a Nature Study Journal to draw in and write his observations. My oldest son struggles with writing and reading so for now he dictates to me what to write in his journal.

This week we observed squirrels in our backyard. We also had collected leaves the week before but we able to gather much due to the weather. This week we tried again and picked up the leaves of two trees growing by our building. After looking through some library books we were able to identify them.

The books we read about Trees and their leaves were:
Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids by Gail Gibbons
Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Here are the leaves we were able to identify.

These are leaves from a Pin Oak tree and also the acorn from it. Most of the leaves from this tree are still green since the Texas weather here is still mild.

This the leaf from the tree that the Squirrels we observed live in. It is a leaf from a Live Oak tree. We picked up two acorns from it. The caps had already fallen off when we picked them up.

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1 comment:

Teaching My Little BookWorm said...

great stuff my LO loves nature bracelets