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Garden Mural Project, Lesson 7 Finishing up Insects and the Mural

Finishing up Insects and the Mural

Day 1: Learn what different insects do in cold weather (migrate, die, live dormant, hibernate, etc.)
Day 2: Read about other interesting insects such as Praying Mantises, Dragonflies, Damselflies, Crickets, Grasshoppers, Katydids and Cicadas and discuss what is learned. (Exploring Creation with Zoology I, by Jeannie Fulbright, chapter 13 is one such resource, or you may find books at the library.)

Day 3: On this week's nature walk, look for  Praying Mantises, Dragonflies, Damselflies, Crickets, Grasshoppers, Katydids and Cicadas (see the guidelines Handbook of Nature Study's Outdoor Hour Challenge, Dragonflies and Damselflies and Crickets, Grasshoppers and Katydids.) 

Day 4: If your student can find one, capture a cricket. Punch holes in the lid of a jar. Make a home for the cricket by picking plants and gather dirt from the area in which you find the cricket. Set a shallow container of water in the jar. Provide a variety in the cricket's diet with bits of lettuce, apple or oatmeal.  Have your student sketch the cricket in his nature  or science journal. 
Day 5: Have the student count the number of chirps in 15 seconds, add 40 and this is the approximate temperature. Do this several times to get an average. Discuss what an average is. Compare this with the temperature on a thermometer. Record all of this in the science journal. Do this as many times throughout the we as the student is interested. Release the cricket as soon as the activity is over.

Day 6: Take another insect nature walk, but this time at night. Compare what you find to what you found during the daytime.

Day 7: Your sunflowers' seeds have developed. Glue sunflower seeds to the paper flowers in your mural.

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