Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sea Grass

On Tuesday I was really not feeling great, I still had a headache from the night before and was trying to gear myself up for a day of schooling and getting caught up (an elusive feeling).
Syndi rescued me! She called and asked what we were doing? To which I replied,"I don't really know, why what do you have in mind?"
You see I am very easily persuaded to do hand on learning. She asked how soon we could be ready and miraculously we were all ready to go super fast.
We made our first stop to collect sea grass at the bay. It was really wet and slippery and Erik was dead set on walking in every body of water that was deep enough to enter into his boots. We identified tide height and looked at some seaweeds and collected a bit of sea grass.

Then we headed out to our beach where we were able to find a vast array of microscopic animals living in the sea grass.
We found more sea slugs, and even some roots of the plants.
I had great intentions of looking at the creatures under our new microscope that Syndi got us, but life got in the way and we had to be content with what we saw at the beach. We have not even identified what we found~yet. We will have to be satisfied with the now dead creatures (it is much more fun to watch them move).

We had Ben at our house for the better part of the day on Wednesday, which is a great motivator for my children to complete their work. While here we constructed 3D Bingo cards with creatures that live in the Aphotic, Disphotic and Euphotic Zones of the ocean and they competed to get a 3D Bingo. I know the best part for Aaron was that we used m&m's for the markers and every time someone got a bingo they got to eat all the markers and start again for another bingo.

By the end of the game even Ruby knew that the bottom dwellers were in the Disphotic Zone!
Learning is fun especially when you have someone to share it with!

1 comment:

Theresa said...

Neat!!! Nothing like a day out in nature to rejuvenate!
Love the game!