Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Outdoor Hour Challenge #42-Moss and Lichens

We live in a realtively moist climate, so I thought that moss would be relatively easy to find. The truth is that moss doesn't like pollution anymore than humans do! We had a bit of a challenge finding some and completely struck out on the lichens. We walked around for 25 minutes before stopping to find this specimen of moss.
We got out our magnifying glass and examined it. We also collected a nearby rock with some moss growing on it, so we could examine it closer at home. On our way home, we stopped by the potato lady so we could get the energy to climb our sixth flights of stairs (besides, what's nature study without a snack). They were yummy!
Once back at our building I happened to notice that one of the pots by our entrance had some very lovely moss in it (guess I should have checked that)...
We climbed the stairs and went inside to our school table. We talked about the life cycle of moss and pulled out our sample. We were able to identify some grean threads and some moss plants on it. We then wrote in our journals...
Another successful nature study,thanks Barb!

2 comments:

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

It is funny how we miss seeing moss as a course of our everyday life. Since we had our focus on moss, I have actually begun to see it more often.

I love a snack with my nature study.

Your journals are perfect.

Thanks for sharing your link,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

{ jamie } said...

I could go for a snack like that? Could you sent the potato lady by here? :-)

Looks like a lovely study. ♥