Discovering new, strange looking flowers this week on our way up to our base.
Getting lost in the gorse.
“I pressed this bramble leaf last week to keep in my explorer bag”.
The hooded crow keeps an eye on our lunches.
Explorers Bag – Explain tools for each pair of scientists. Add decoration to the bag from your task this week.
Focus – working scientifically – observational drawing
- Questioning – “I wonder…” game
- Observing – drawing in detail, labelling drawings
- Predicting – Spot the difference of three habitats. What will the place be like when we come back next week, what will be the same, what will be different.
- Investigating – come up with their own investigation.
- Estimating – How old is the tree?
- Measuring – how tall is the tree?
- Recording – making swatches
- Communicating – answering questions, giving a presentation
— Botanists – small plants and flowers
— Botanists/ Dendrologist – trees and shrubs
— Zoologist- invertebrates
— Meteorologist – clouds and Beaufort scale – cloud watching
— Wild Teas – recipes – tea ceremony with nature mandala?
Tasks in pairs (more info on task cards for each role)
1) observational drawing – draw the detail, draw to communicate information, label your drawings
2) Communication – feedback to the group what you observed.
3) Questioning – Group asks questions about what has been observed. Use who, what, where, where, why, how, I wonder if, as prompts.
Task Card Examples
Trees and shrubs
Scientific Language for your presentation or labelled drawings
Roots Trunk Branch Twig Bud Flower Leaf
Can you add any more scientific language?
Draw with labels or discuss
How old is this tree?
How tall is the tree?
Measuring – the girth of the tree
Question – 3 questions you have about this tree/shrub
Record – Fill in a swatch card
Foragers for Wild Teas
Observe ingredients Colour Texture Pattern Shape
Write the Recipe
Create a tea ceremony for the group
- How do you set up the space for tea drinking?
- How do you introduce the tea to the group?
- How can you make it an enjoyable time for others?
- Thumbs up – very good
- Thumbs sideways – ok
- Thumbs down – not good.
Question – 3 questions you have about tea
Record – Fill in a swatch including recipe and survey results
Field botanists presenting three cornered leek to the group.
Magnifying glass to look closely and to smoke a hole in a leaf.
Celebrate May with a May Crown
Make it with daisy chain or cleavers with dandelions and daisy flowers intertwined.
Visit a May Bush with crowns on.
Has it leaves? – taste the leaves
Has it buds?
Has it flowers?
Has it thorns?
Story – MAY FAIRIES –
“Come out and dance,” called the Snow Fairies to the May Fairies.
The May Fairies peeped out of their homes in the hawthorn trees and shivered.
“No, thank you,” they said. “It is too cold out there. Besides, we are busy making our buds.”
They made tiny red-tipped buds and set them on the branches of the trees, two at the foot of each thorn. Then they crept down into their warm homes again to wait for the spring.
With the spring came the merry Sunbeams.
“Come out and dance,” they called.
“Oh! are you there?” called back the May Fairies. “Then we must open our buds, so we have no time to dance.”
They worked hard, blowing out the buds with their dainty breath, till at last the leaves opened and the trees were dressed in fluttering green.
The Spring Fairies came tripping past, waving tasselled catkins in their hands.
“Come out and dance,” they called.
“We have no time. We must make our flower-buds,” replied the May Fairies.
They made their wee round flower-buds and set them on the trees, and blew into them and puffed them out till they looked like tiny snowballs. Harder and harder they blew, until at last the flowers flew open. Then the trees looked as if showers of white stars had fallen on them from the sky in snow-time. How lovely they were! The little flies came from far and near to feast, buzzing out their thankfulness to the fairies for the sweet honey.
The Summer Fairies came with roses and forget-me-nots. “Come out and dance,” they called.
“We have no time,” called back the May Fairies. “We have to make our berries.”
They gently loosened the white petals of the flowers and set them floating on the wind. Then they made the little green seed-balls into berries, blowing them big and round so that the seeds should have room to grow, and polishing the outsides till they turned red and glowed like garnets in the sunshine. What a feast the birds had!
When the fairies had finished it was autumn.
“Come and dance,” called the Leaf Fairies as they fluttered past in their brown and crimson robes.
“We are coming,” called back the May Fairies, “for now our work is done.” They flew down from their tree-homes, free at last to dance through all the golden autumn days.
Leaving places for the fairies.
Sneaking up on a bird while camouflaged behind a fern