The New Caterpillar Zoo
Then we hung the plastic bags with the caterpillars in our new Caterpillar Zoo. We will clean the bags each day and watch them very carefully to see if the caterpillars pupate. We also have to make sure there are plenty of leaves in the bag because growing caterpillars eat a lot!
This afternoon we set up our plots in the forest. Each plot measures nine meters by nine meters. First, we had to make a list of every plant in our plot. Next, we had to count all of the leaves on each plant, including some huge trees. Finally, we had to put a big piece of cloth called a "beat sheet" under each tree and hit the tree with a stick. We collected the caterpillars that fell onto the cloth. Look at Ms. Armstrong's blog to see a picture of this.
1. What does the word data mean? Why is it important for scientists to record data correctly?
2. What is a plot? Use the context of the word or the dictionary to find the meaning.
Here are the answers to yesterday's questions. 1. The plastic bags contain hungry caterpillars and some leaves for food. 2. The Buck Moth caterpillars have tiny spines that can sting you very badly. 3. The hole in the ground was made by a crayfish.
Hope you enjoy this short video of dancing caterpillars. Please let me know if it works. Wish you were all here. See you soon!