Nature Journaling: October
In October, students began to explore the fruit trees planted in the edible garden. Time spent observing the sunflowers and then the fruit trees filled students with a sense of inquiry, and they came up with an initial set of questions to research in partners or teams, which led to additional questions:
Still Wondering. . .Nature Journal Inquiry Questions (Level 2)
- What are some different kinds of ants? For example. . .black ants, fire ants, etc.
- How do honeybees make honey? What else goes into it?
- How do insects pollinate plants?
- How are new species of insects discovered?
- How do we know about different species that have existed since early human days?
- How is the fruit actually made?
- How does the fruit grow from the flower?
- How are the seeds made?
- How can you tell if a tree is healthy?
Structure and Design
- How big can figs get?
- Why are some stems red and some green?
- Why do trees have different colors?
- What is the visible light spectrum?
- What are the wave lengths of purple?
- Where did the first fruit tree or the first tree come from?
- Where did the first seed come from?
- How does respiration differ in humans and fish?
- What is the structure of the sunflower stem?
- How did the sunflower evolve its structure?
- Why do sunflowers follow the sun?
- What are the genus and species of plants and animals?
- How did the asteroids affect the naturally occurring elements and the formation of water?
Initial Nature Journal Inquiry Questions (Level 1)
- Why do the ants climb the middle of the plant/tree?
- Do the sunflower seeds have sweetness to attract ants? Why do the ants want the seeds?
- How come the ants were all over the sunflowers?
- Why do the ants go into the stem of the sunflower when they have a home outside of the stem?
- Why are the butterflies flying so low to the ground?
- Why are insects important to life?
- How do you tell when the fruit is ready?
- Are the trees getting enough water? How can we tell?
- How do you determine if the tree is healthy?
- How old are the sunflowers? What is the life cycle of a sunflower?
- Why is there only one pomegranate?
- Why are the sunflowers all dried out when the trees are all new and healthy?
- How long have these trees been growing?
- How are seeds made?
- Why are the fruit trees barren of fruit?
- Why do trees take such a long time to grow?
- How do two plants combine to make a third plant?
- How long does it take for this tree to grow?
Structure and Design
- Why are the outlines of some of the leaves red?
- Why is the grass green?
- Why is the sky blue?
- Why are the fruit tree branches half red and half green?
- Why are there no leaves at the top of the tree?
- Why is the fruit tree so small?
- How many leaves do trees have?
- Why do the Asian pear trees smell like mint?
- How large will the figs be and how is the size determined?
- Why are there two poles on either side of the tree?
- Why doesn’t this fruit tree have much fruit?
- Why do leaves change colors and what causes them to turn the colors they do?
- Why are the leaves green?
- How are the branches and trees sculpted? Is there a pattern for their formation?
- How does the sunflower grow so quickly?
- Why do leaves have patterns?
- Why do trees grow instead of remaining as they were when planted?
- How did sunflowers get their name?
- How did the first person come on Earth?
- How is Johnny Appleseed related to the first tree?
- When and how were the first seeds discovered? Did they originate in algae thrown upon bare soil or in some different manner?
- Where did water originate?
- Where did the first fruit tree come from and when?
- Where do the names of trees originate?
- Why are the olives green now, but they are black when I eat them?