Today we did more field research! Yesterday when we went into the swamp we had to collect caterpillars and put them into Ziploc bags along with the plant we found them on. This morning we had to open the bags and identify all of the caterpillars and plants! We had 100 bags to work on! All of this information had to be entered into a computer database.
In these pictures you can see some of the teachers and scientists hard at work, with the caterpillar bags piled in front of them! My job was to identify the caterpillars!
In the afternoon we were back out in the swamp. We had to measure a 10m x 10m plot. Inside this plot we had to find ALL of the caterpillars we could reach AND count the leaves on all of the plants.
Here are some more tent caterpillars we found on a tree today. When we made noise next to them they would life up their heads and wiggle around.
We are studying caterpillars in New Orleans to learn more about climate change. Did you know that you can have a huge impact on climate change??? The climate has been changing since the start of time, but humans have been causing the climate change to happen at a faster pace.
Your Assignment for Today:
1) Log onto Plant Green Game and play the game with your partner for 25 minutes. Keep in mind that you want to make smart choices for the environment in order to earn the most points.
2) When you have played the game for 25 minutes, stop and write down your score.
3) Answer the following questions, as a group:
A. What was your group score? (make sure to list your names!)
B. What types of choices did you make in the game which gave you the most points?
C. Describe one thing you can do when you go home today to help slow down human caused climate change.
Good luck! I look forward to reading your answers. Make sure to be on your best behavior for Ms. Haag.