We actually started the walk as always, in our own backyard. We found a dead butterfly, and ds2 picked him up so we could observe his beauty. I showed them the "false eyes" on his wings and explained how they help protect him from predators. Ds3 noted that he was once a caterpillar...love these impromptu lessons and discussions!
This guy we actually found the night before in our screened porch. Look at those legs!
He's such a pretty green! The focus of this week's assignment is just that...to chose a "focus area" for our nature studies. When we got home from the walk we discussed the options and the majority voted for plants. I plan on incorporating a lapbook into this portion of our nature lessons as well. I asked the boys if they wanted to make any drawings and they all did (I just love this part...them all doing the same thing at their own levels.) While they drew I printed up the pics from our walk...it's all going into our "journal." I put their drawings and pics from our walks in protective sleeves and then in a binder...I think this is our best option since we have such a varied group (a 7th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler.)
To join in on the Green Hour Challenge, or just to learn more about it and see more participants, go to Barb's site The Heart of Harmony...it's a super site, you won't be disappointed.