is the Season Changing?
has passed. As we move through winter and into spring, lots of clues
will tell you the season is changing. What will they be? That's for
you to discover! Each month, we'll remind you to go outside
and observe. Look, smell, feel, and listen carefully. Also pay attention
to the hours of sunlight. Changing
sunlight is what leads to all other seasonal changes. Record your
observations on one of these handouts:
Do Insects Go in the Winter?
wonder what happens to all the insects when the cold winter comes?
Insects have a variety of ways for surviving winter’s cold
is one strategy for escaping the killing cold. Some insects and
spiders migrate a short distance into our houses, but others, like
the monarch butterfly travel hundreds of miles.
of the insects we see in the warmer months are still close by during
the coldest weather. Insects live through the winter in all their
life stages; as eggs, larvae, pupae and adults! Some find protection
under heavy cover of leaves and snow. Others survive and grow under
the ice in frozen ponds and streams. Some spend the winter wrapped
warmly in their own pupae and cocoons.
you know that some insects bodies replace the water in their bodies
with another liquid that acts like antifreeze?!
does a woolly bear caterpillar cope with winter? Find
Brainstorm a list all the insects you can think of that you see
in the summer time. Then pick one and find out how it spends the
cold winter months.
Observations for January: Watching Water
When you make your
January observations — try adding a new twist.
Keep an eye on water.
After all, life on Earth depends on it! Here are some things to discuss
or write about in your journals.
the water you see in your schoolyard or neighborhood. (Is it moving
or still? Slushy? Frozen solid? Are there signs of life?)
How do you predict it will look, feel, and sound next month? Why?
do you think changes in water could affect plants, animals, and
the coming of spring?
do you use water differently in winter and summer? List
the Seasons Change (grades K-3)
Signs of Spring Checklist (grades 4+)
Exchange Observations with a Partner!
your observations! (Choose the
sighting or event that best fits!)
Signs of Spring: Clues About Seasonal Change
of Spring for February:
A reminder will be posted on February 1, 2010