Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This week we are focusing our attention on garden ecology and more specifically on the insects and spiders in our garden. We will discuss the importance of these small creatures to the garden and then proceed with a bug hunt to see the variety of insects present. If time and money permit we will try and preserve some of the more interesting specimens.
The fifth graders are proceeding with their Apple Diversity project. We have taste tested a variety of apples and have collected their seeds. Last week we made origami pots which we then used to plant our apple seeds. Now, we will wait for the seeds to take and check their growth. Later we will find a permanent home for our apple trees. Much later we will get to see the types of apples that will develop. (A crash course in genetics.)