Friday, May 26, 2017

Building Shade Structures

fun in the sun
Weather Report by Observant Osprey
The temperature at 9:47 is 53º F. 
The weather is partly cloudy with some sun, more sunnier than last week, a bit of a breeze.
There is 34 mm of rain in the rain gauge.

fun in the shade
Today students answered the question: What is one thing that has changed in the fields or forest since last week?
Students noticed:
the forest was a little darker than last week,
there were lots of plants growing,
the ferns grew taller and it looks really different,
it was warmer,
our forest is different, it is Fern City,
a big, fern city,
the sun is warmer than last week,
there is something bubbling out of the ferns the color of honey (on the end of a broken fern).
After some time at sit spots and morning meeting, students heard the story Raven by Gerald McDermott. It is a trickster tale from the Pacific Northwest and tells how Raven rescued the sun.  Students talked about the pictures before and after the return of the sun and noticed that is was cold and dark. Students then built small structures to block the effects of the sun.  They placed thermometers above and below their structures and recorded the differences in temperature. The temperature differences were noted again in the afternoon. Students noticed wide variations between the thermometers that were on the ground and fully shaded versus those that were in full sun.
Building Structures and Measuring the Temperature







Names
Sun 
11:05
Shade
11:05
Sun
2:40
Shade
2:40

Daring Deer
83º F
63º F
89º F
72º F

Motivated Marten

83º F

70º F

89º F

80º F

Caring Catamount and
Courageous Crow


68º F

68º F

68º F

68º F
Earnest Ermine,
Observant Osprey, and Brave Barred Owl

74º F
52º F
70º F
56º F
Perceptive Peregrine Falcon
60º F
50º F
66º F
58º F

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