Hi! My name is Ms. Hall. Please travel with me to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

I am so excited to celebrate EARTH DAY in Louisiana along with other teachers and scientists who are working to save our environment. Do something nice for the earth today!

This morning our group divided into two teams. One team went kayaking today. My team stayed back to care for the caterpillars in our zoo and to enter new data into the computer. After a morning of hard work in the lab, we were ready to get outdoors.

All of you gave great answers to my questions about data and plot. Actually, the word plot has two meanings. The meaning you gave was correct. Another meaning is "a measured area of land." This afternoon, our team went out to work in a new plot.

This plot was near a beautiful bayou, so I took a few pictures.What do you think lives in this hollowed out tree? We didn't see any alligators, but we did see two wild pigs and
a cottonmouth snake!

The picture below shows me using a beat sheet. I hit the branch with a stick and then collect all the caterpillars that fall down.

You said that you enjoyed the video, so I've included another one of a caterpillar called the Holly Looper. In the background, you can hear us talking about the caterpillar's family, Geometridae. I hope to talk with some of you on Skype today. Have your questions ready!



At April 22, 2010 at 7:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Period 1

I told the class you enjoy kayaking and maybe were disappointed that your team did not go. The Holly Looper video was enjoyed by your students. They thought the caterpillar looked beautiful!
We wonder how many caterpillars you caught on your beat sheet. Enjoy Earth Day today!

At April 22, 2010 at 8:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Period 2

This class thinks that there are possibly snakes, birds, alligators, or caterpillars that live in the hollowed out tree.

Kasee- "I saw a caterpillar that looks just like the Holly Looper caterpillar you showed us on the video."

Kay- "Did any of the caterpillars that fell on your beat sheet fall on you?"

Saad- "I would like to know if any of the caterpillars you are working with are poisonous."

Kasee- "Are you enjoying the delicious New Orleans food?"


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