Thursday, November 19, 2009

There's a fungus among us

This week we have been focusing on the humble and mysterious mushroom. Mushrooms are a member of the Fungi kingdom. T found it fascinating that fungi are not considered plants or animals but rather their own separate entity. Like plants, fungi have cell walls, vacuoles and reproduce sexually and asexually. They also share traits with the animal kingdom since they lack chloroplasts and must really on organic compounds for energy sources. We have a bountiful supply of mushrooms in the area due to the deluge we endured last week. I was a little neurotic this week and must have told the children a few thousand times to"never touch or eat a wild fungus". We were able to study mushrooms more closely after a trip to the supermarket for a portabello...I love nature studies you can eat!