15 October Science 7 WOW 7 preparation–catching, observing, describing, releasing

  1. Mindful moment.
  2. Review past DSN entry.
  3. Preview blogpost for day.
  4. Create DSN entry for today. Today’s entry will go in the biodiversity folder.
  5. Questions.
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Today is preparation for examining life in the stream during WOW7. Many of these organisms that you will find are the larval stages of certain insects, like dragonflies. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js8ywgh48G0>

See this 2-part powerpoint about WOW 7 in 2012:



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 lens and your unaided eye.

Some living this you might see on WOW7:


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

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