Wednesday, May 12, 2010

OHC Spring Series #5: Year-Long Cattail Study

This week we completed the OHC spring series #5: Year Long Cattail Study.  We began our cattail study in the winter. Here are some pictures of our cattails from our winter study.

We were excited to see the seasonal changes at out study location.  The cattails leaves were a lush green. 
The children were also able to quickly identify the vast difference in the water and surrounding vegitation of our study site.  This colony of cattails grows in a marshy wetland near the banks of a river. 
We also saw remnants of last years flowering spikes peppered amongst the new growth. 

The austere brown stalks offered a sharp contrast to the verdant new life which surrounded them. I loved how this study enabled the children to witness the life cycle of nature first hand. We look forward to continuing this study throughout the year. I can wait until the flower spikes emerge!


Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

This is a great entry sharing all the changes your cattails have experienced so far. This is such a great way to teach our children to notice the subtle changes in the seasons and cement some memories along the way.

Great job! Don't forget to enter this in the carnival:

Thanks Sarah!

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