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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Nature Study: Cattails

"The cattail is adapted to places where the soil is wet but not underwater; its pollen is scattered by the wind, and its seeds are scattered by the wind and water. Its leaves and stalks are not injured or broken by the wind." -Handbook of Nature Study, p. 502

"They grow at the pond." -Quentin "Cattails are found in shallow water." -Sam
"The leaves are medium, I guess." -Quentin
"It has up and down veins." -James

"The cattail plants were holding the water up." -James

Rushes on the left, Cattails on the right(About the Cattail plant) "The bottom of the stalk is all round and as it goes it splits. It is stiff at the bottom, pliable at the top. The stiff bottom makes it so it doesn't fall over and it changes so that it doesn't get too heavy at the top." -Sam

"There were some pods...Milkweed. Mommy found them." -Quentin

Comparing the Milkweed pod to the Cattail balloon: "The pod looks like a pepper. It is pointy and squishy. The Cattail (balloon) is pillowcasing over a rock."
About the Cattail balloon: "Some of them look like sausages. Some of them look like hot dogs." -Quentin

"They are harder than most leaves to split." -Sam
"The leaves get softer at the top. This is so it can fall with the wind." -James

Sam's sketch

James' sketch

Quentin's sketch
(upper left) seeds of the rushes, (bottom left) cattail plant, (right) rushes plant

"They are my favorite plant." -Quentin
Nature Study ideas for the Cattail can be found in the
Handbook of Nature Study, pages 500-503

1 comment:

  1. Lovely... what a cool way to learn! They'll remember all that forever.
    Thank you so much for sharing on Friday's Nature Table.
    Blessings and magic.


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