Sunday, March 20, 2011


I am very pleased to say that spring is finally here! Today is the first day of spring, and throughout the week you could see definite signs of new life everywhere. The buds have formed on some trees, the daffodils are growing up from the ground, other various flowers are growing out of the ground, the snow has completely melted, there is mud everywhere, and there is new life evident on all of the trees. At the farm I work at during the weekend, it was clearly evident that spring is here, as you could hear more birds chirping, see the buds forming, hear the crickets and frogs at dusk, and see a lot of insects! As a science lesson, I could take my students outside and ask them to find signs that spring has arrived using their senses. In addtion, we could learn why spring and other seasons occur. Perhaps the students could germinate their own seeds or plant their own flowers in a garden we could create and watch the new life grow. Perhaps students could set up their own experiments on plant life and growth by growing some plants outside wih full light exposure, some plants inside with artificial light, and some plants in a dark closet with no light and infer, record, and reflect on what happens. This activity and investigation would be accompanied by a lesson on plants, photosynthesis, and germination. We could also learn why March 20th is the first day of spring and not April 20th, for example.
This is a video I found that helps explain why we have different seasons (the earth's axis)

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