Fun With Microscopes II

In Fun With Microscopes I we learned a little about how a microscope works by bending light in the lens to make an image larger, and that we can take photographs of the object through the eyepiece. In this post, I’ll show you how to attach insects and larger specimens to the base of the …

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Fun With Microscopes I

Oh microscope, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Microscopes have to be one of the coolest inventions ever (the actual inventor is up for debate, but many vote for Zacharias Jansen, and later refined by Anton van Leeuwenhoek). To be able to manipulate a small amount of light enough to bend …

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Parts of a Mushroom I – Nomenclature Cards

Oh, Kingdom Fungi. What an interesting bunch you are. This kingdom has always had a mysterious ring to it, mostly because it invokes memories and thoughts of the fantastical world of gnomes, fairies, goblins, and other imaginative characters. But on this earthly plane we can become more aware of and create a deeper sense of …

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Flower Suncatchers

Creating flower suncatchers is a fun way to get kids’ hands on the different parts of a plant, especially the flowers. It’s also a great way to celebrate the spring equinox or summer solstice. After learning about the anatomy of a flower in Parts of a Flower I, II, and III the vocabulary is tossed …

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Make Spotted Eggs Using Pine Needles

A big summer thunderstorm swept through our humid coastal town a few nights ago. The next morning the sun was shining so brightly and the birds and squirrels were at their peak of communication. Metaphorically, it reminded me that the sun – producer of life and heat – always seems at it’s brightest and fullest …

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Parts of a Flower III

In this lesson we will dissect live flowers using the parts of a flower nomenclature card name labels from part I, and the knowledge we gained from the felt flower puzzle in part II. Kids really get into this particular lesson because they are able to fully observe and dissect a flower, while feeling like …

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