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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The New Caterpillar Zoo



Thanks for all your great comments! I've really enjoyed reading them.

Wow! We collected 98 caterpillars yesterday. That meant a lot of work for us this morning. We had to enter the scientific and common name of each caterpillar into the computer, along with its size and where we found it. This data will be very useful for scientists in the future. With teamwork, we were able to get the job done in about three hours.


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!


video

6 Comments:

At April 21, 2010 at 8:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Period 1

Today I shared with the class the stages of the Monarch Butterfly, so they could observe the stage of the pupa pupating.

Irving- Data--The gathering of information.

Class-- Plot-
Making a graph to record information.

Thank you for sharing the segment on the dancing caterpillars. The class really enjoyed seeing this!

 
At April 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Period 2
Bashi and the rest of the class thought the dancing caterpillars looked funny.
I made a graph on the board to show how information is plotted on a graph, and how then one can record the data collected.

 
At April 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Period 3

Students understand well that data is the information you collect to record specific information about the subject, in this case caterpillars.

Plot:
The way you use the information you collect to compare, contrast, measure etc.

Students wish you would include other amazing videos to complement your blog.

All of the students are excited to see you when you return and hope you continue to have fun discovering more about the New Orleans caterpillars:)

 
At April 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Period 4

The students understand that data is the information collected to determine the increase or decrease in the population of the caterpillar over time.

 
At April 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Period 4
Plot-Students understand that the plot can show variance, variety, stability/instability, probability of the caterpillar population being researched.

 
At April 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Period 6
Meng-"Data is collected information."

Barite-"Plot is using the information you have collected and placing it on a graph ."

The students are really looking forward to seeing you with an alligator. Any chance of that? Your students loved watching the cha-cha-cha caterpillars. They would like to see another short video. Hope all is going well. We look forward to skyping with you soon.

 

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