We had a great day at the Durham Life and Science Museum yesterday!
While walking through a natural area at our local museum we came across this unique sweet gum tree.
When we got home we looked up what causes a tree to grow multiple trunks like this one. Coppice is
now our new vocabulary word.
Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management
which takes advantage of the fact that many trees make new growth
from the stump or roots if cut down.
Read more on Wikipedia.
Photo source- Wikipedia.
We also discovered in our research, that this process can happen naturally from beavers eating
away at a tree or even forest fires. So next time you come across a tree with multiple trunks you can look
for clues to see if you can determine what caused this occurrence. Do you notice and beaver markings?
How about black residue from a fire?
We also learned about butterflies, dinosaurs, fossils, birds, insects and so much more at the museum.
We love to use what we experience everyday, and take our interests to the next level.
Having the kids journal their findings is a meaningful way to work on handwriting,
art, vocabulary and retention of the new information they discovered.
A living education : where life and learning
are one in the same.
This insect hotel was so cool!
Here is a tutorial to make your own.
Making connections at home.
So often what the kids see though out the day inspires them at home. I may encourage
the process by skewing some related books around, but they take the lead!
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