Review last class: How to use binoculars properly.
A scheme for observing living things–example: The 7 S’s for bird watching.
- What kind of observational scheme would be useful for trees or spiders?
- Try do develop a scheme for a group of living things you might encounter on the WOW 7 trip.
How many times have you seen ants in your life? Make an estimate.
How many kinds (species) of ant do you think there are on the AES campus.
On a clean sheet of paper in landscape orientation, sketch what you think an ant looks like. Fill the space.
On the back of the sheet, write your full name and period.
How many kinds of spider do you think can be found in the AES rocks? Why?
How many of each kind? Where can spiders be found? How do various spiders capture prey?
Learn several techniques for capturing specimens of small (usually invertebrate) creatures. Then observe, describe (in writing–think of an observational scheme), sketch, photograph (if you can), video (if you can) (please send me any clearly focused photographs and videos), and release your specimen unharmed. Do your utmost to avoid causing any harm to the creatures in the process of catching and observing.
Keep a list and count of each kind of spider you find. (If you find other invertebrates, you may also add them to a different list.) Only small specimens need to be observed with the magiscopes. If you catch a specimen that is too large for the magiscope, you may use the hand lense and your unaided eye.
Spiders from the Middle School Rocks in past years–and more: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10207430262498256.1073741902.1338342884&type=1&l=d15ed4251f