Mrs. Aitch's File Cabinet of Ideas for Nature Study Lessons

Friday, August 26

Hurricane Hunting!

Hey Nature Study Students!    Here's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a weather observer during a hurricane. 

Get your nature notebook out, put today's date and start making observations from around your home.  Some things you can write about
  • If you have a rain gauge, make sure it's empty right now.  Then take readings throughout the storm.  Keep track of the times when you empty it too!
  • Look around right now and record how much the wind is moving the trees in your neighborhood.   Do this at regular intervals throughout the storm.   Again, write the time (hour and  minute).   Do you notice any special trends?
  • Take note when the winds change.   Describe what it feels like - sharp, gentle, breezy, fierce!  Be descriptive!!
  • Note when the rain starts and ends.   What direction is the rain blowing from?  Direction might change...from hour to hour.  Keep track!
  • What happens overnight and what does it look like when you get up the next morning?
  • Look overhead!  What's going on with the clouds?   Look up during daytime and at night.  Can you see clouds?  What do they  look like?  At night, can you see the stars?   Make a sketch of the clouds throughout the storm.   Or take a digital picture.
You can leave comments here and let the rest of our class know what the storm is like in your neighborhood!  I'll post things let's compare notes!

And remember these words from the prophet Jeremiah (chapter 10, verse 13):

When He thunders, 
the waters in the heavens roar;
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning with the rain 
and brings out the wind from His storehouses.

Nature Hike

Take a walk outside your own home. Look around at all the signs of Spring in your own backyard! What do you smell? What do you see? What do you hear? Fresh earth, budding plants and trees, birds chirping? How does the wind feel against your cheek?

Keep your nature journal handy....summer is a busy time in the natural world! Jot the occasion, date, time, weather, and anything unusual. Make a simple sketch to help you remember. Doesn't have to look like da Vinci! Just your sketch.

Take note of a special tree in your yard. Keep track of it during each season. Sketch one or two branches right now. Take note of the buds or twigs. Date the sketch, add the time of day, something about the weather. Yeah! That wasn't so hard!!