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Outdoor Hour Challenge – Crayfish

Outdoor Hour Challenge Crayfish @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge

Crayfish Study

Inside Preparation Work:

  • Read pages 425-432 in the Handbook of Nature Study (Lesson #108). I think Anna Botsford Comstock really liked crayfish because this lesson is so very detailed! It makes me wish we had a crayfish to observe up close but for now we will enjoy her description.
  • Highlight interesting facts in the lesson to share with your children.
  • Youtube video: How to Catch a Crayfish/Crawdad
  • Advanced Study: Youtube video: Crayfish External Anatomy.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Plan a trip to a local creek to look for your own crayfish or other aquatic inhabitants. If you don’t have any crayfish to observe, make sure to create a nature journal page with any subjects your child finds of interest.
  • Take along a plastic tub or jar to collect some creek water. Use your magnifying lens to look for anything interesting in your water.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Create a nature journal entry for crayfish, any other aquatic creatures you observed, or the creek water.
  • Use the notebook pages and/or the coloring pagein the ebook to create a memory of your outdoor time.
  • Advanced Study: Draw a crayfish for your nature journal and label its parts. Record any interesting facts you learned and want to remember.
  • Advanced Study: Do some research on arthropods and create a notebook page to record the definition, a list of arthropods, and your favorite facts about arthropods.

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