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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Outdoor Hour Challenge #2: Geese... (or not)

While we actually do have geese and ducks plentiful enough around here as some rather scrubby occupants of our neighbors' earth-floored yards, I would so rather have them look at geese and ducks in a more pleasant light as we might see them in the US.  So, I chose that we would do a comparison of the two birds that call our own backyard their home.

We only had about an hour to do this study, so though I would have liked to spend more time, and the kids could have gone on much longer, we did this whole activity rather quickly. It was probably for the best.

First, we went outside and had a very careful look at the parrot. It is hard sometimes to really look at something you see so often. You have to REALLY look to see past it's commonality. Armed with our nature notebooks, we all did a sketch (which if you're going to draw something, you have to really look at it, by the way). This quiet concentration time facilitated conversation about the pigeon who was on hand nearby. :) When inside, we went ahead and drew a venn diagram up to compare the two. The older two boys did their own, while Bria and I worked on ours on the white board and she copied down what we had written there.

Here are our results:

I'm linking up with Barb and the Autumn Outdoor Hour Challenge series posts! Thanks, Barb! :)

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Anonymous said...

Love the Parrot Pigeon Study! I am amazed at what we learn from such commonly seen nature objects. :) Love the drawings!

Phyllis said...

Oh, that is so funny...parrots being as common as chickens! I love it. The sketches were great. Super nature study.

Unknown said...

It is always great to see families adapt the challenges to their own backyards. I think you all did a great job on your journals and the Venn Diagram activity shows your careful observations. Great study! Thanks for sharing with the OHC.

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