One day in science we made spore prints. To make the spore prints we needed to get a mushroom. Shane handed us a knife to cut the mushroom and we set off. First, I went into the woods to look for a mushroom. I found a mushroom  but I also found blue lichen.  The blue lichen fascinated me so much that I decided to look for more mushrooms. I found Mosie and he said that he had discovered a gray mushroom! Amazed, I went into the woods to find the gray mushrooms. Then I found an orange mushroom and a gigantic mushroom. I gave Shane my mushrooms and she took the stems off each one and put them on a piece of paper. The project was satisfying. I found all these great mushrooms. I think I participated well in this project. I do not think I would have done anything differently. I wonder if some mushrooms can eat bugs? I wonder what is the deadliest mushroom? I wonder what the biggest mushroom is?

parachuting cats in Borneo

In science we learned about parachuting cats in Borneo. It talk about how a deadly virus spread called malaria. The people of Borneo call the the W.H.O ( World Health Organization). The W.H.O decided to spray DDT around the island,it helped for a little bit but then peoples houses fell down. Apparently the DDT also killed a parasitic wasp that was controlling the amount of thatch eating caterpillars. Not only did the DDT effected wasps and mosquito’s it also effected the other bugs that were eaten by the gecko. The geckos could handle the DDT but the cats could not and they died.That increased the rat population therefore infesting the island with rats. So the W.H.O decided to parachute cats into Borneo. After we heard all about that we  had to draw a chain reactions leading up to the parachuting cats in Borneo. I learned that some of the most crazy stuff can be for the greater good. It was satisfying to know all of the things leading up to the parachuting cats. I think I participated very well. I do not think i would have done anything differently. I wonder how they parachuted the cats. I wonder what it was like for the people in Borneo. I wonder if they had to evacuate the island.

9/27 Garden day -Jack Allen

On the hoop house garden day we added plants to the garden. I was in the seed group and we got watermelon radishes. We divided them equally and then got to work. First I got a ruler and sawed it into the soil. next I took the seeds and put them down into the soil. After that I lightly sprinkled the soil on the seeds. then I put my gloves and ruler back and I was done. I learned that seeds have a lot of needs like being distant from each other and how deep they are in the ground. I enjoyed the thought of knowing that the seeds were going to be bigger and edible. I thought I participated well by doing my job. I am not sure I would have done anything differently. I wonder how the plants survive in the cold? What are the bacteria that do not benefit the plant? Is there a parasitic relationship with a bug and a plant? I can’t wait to eat them

9/13 Owl Letter

Crested Owl - eBirdDear Ms. Cuttatree,

I’m a Lophostrix Cristata but you can just call me Crested Owl. I live in the forest that you’re going to cut down for the Uppity inn. Those trees are my home. I even have a cozy nook in a tree that is just right for my height (38 to 43cm) and weight (425 to 620 grams). Hundreds of tiny creatures live in those woods and many of them eat the food from the woods. I personally have a diet of insects and small vertebrates. I also love to spread out my (89 to 102 cm) wings and fly. Did you know that the normal amount of eggs in a clutch is 1-13. So imagine how much owls are living in those woods. If a big owl tried to cut down your home how would you feel?  In the end I hope you have learned a thing or two about how important the forest is.


Crested Owl