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  1. Besides catching lots of insects, observing them inside & outside, reading the entire junior non-fiction section on various insects, watching YouTube videos on butterflies emerging and such, and of course watching documentaries like MicroCosmos. Done done and nearly done (a few books left!). This is for a dd who, after catching a dragonfly and multiple tiny bugs for its food and putting them all in her butterfly tent, pointed out that it wasn't actually a dragonfly because it held its wings together when it landed, drew pictures of it, photographed it, then released it (held it gently by the very tail end and carried it outside), then went on to point out how the "food" insects had fuzzy antennae just like male mosquitoes. She is very sad about having to release beautiful insects and not be able to watch them anymore, but they tend to die if kept for over 24 hours, even with their food provided. Sorry, girlie. :tongue_smilie: So. Besides apprenticing her to an entomologist :lol:, what else can we do?
  2. I would like to spend the summer studying insects with my 2nd grader. He loves science. Any suggestions for kits or curriculum?
  3. Most of the insect books at our library are on the level of: Insect or spider?:tongue_smilie: We have a few different DK books my daughter likes. But other than that, it seems there are either field guides or huge, artsy, coffee table books. My daughter is craving information, but not something as dry as a field guide. We have found a few good books lately and so I wanted to share. I would also LOVE any suggestions from anyone else! A Dragon in the Sky, The Story of a Green Darner Dragonfly This story is about 50 densely written pages full of information and not dumbed down in any way. Every page has beautiful artwork. The end of the book has sections titled: Taking care of dragonfly nymphs, To find out more (list of children's books to scholarly articles in scientific journals), and Dragonfly websites. I am currently in love with this book! The Tarantula Scientist You can feel the love in this one. Sam Marshall is in love with spiders. Full of info with good photographs by Nic Bishop. An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles Again, beautiful photographs. The writing is a little over my daughters head, but it's clear that the authors love their subject (if the title didn't tip you off at all!) and so the writing isn't dry at all.
  4. So, Spring is coming and I want to grow frogs, butterflies, and ladybugs with my boys. I have a ladybug kit (need to get the larvae) that we will do when it gets a little warmer. I was going to order a butterfly house/kit, but was thinking of just getting a big jar and putting branches and leaves in it and covering it with mesh. If I do this, where do I get the butterflies? Also, when do tadpoles come out for me to go catch -- or can I order them? I live in Northern Virginia if that helps. I'm 43 and the boys (5.5) are my only kids. I haven't captured tadpoles in many, many year :tongue_smilie:! How do I feed tadpoles? Any advice is much appreciated. I'm also taking the boys to the National Museum of Natural History to see the live butterfly exhibit. I'm so excited! Thanks much!
  5. Our new house has bees in the yard and I've already gotten some great advice in the general forum on how to deal with them, but I thought I'd add some bee study to our science this year. Any cool freebies, sites, to help us learn more about them? I'm probably looking for middle school level, nothing too childish, no lapbooks, not too detailed, but more than a blurb in an encyclopedia.
  6. We got the materials in the mail! I was surprised at how nicely it is laid out for me. We're going to start with Life Through Time. Are there any creatures/plants/lava dirt that you needed to order online? Is there anything else I need to know? Did you skip over anything or make any changes? We also got River Cutters, Plate Tectonics and Earth, Moon and Stars. I cannot look through those yet, as Life Through Time is overwhelming enough! :D
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