Category Archives: botany

Good Old Trees

The oldest living trees are older than you might think!

This one is in Sweden.

The oldest in the US?

Methuselah, a bristlecone pine tree from California’s White Mountains, is thought to be almost 5,000 years old—and the oldest non-clonal tree in the world. The exact location of the gnarled, twisted Methuselah is a Forest Service secret, for its protection (that might not be it above).Apr 26, 2014″

Roots, Flowers, Fruits

As of the first week of April all students are enjoying botany study.

Alphas: types of roots

Betas: Parts of the flower

Gammas: Parts of the fruit.

Here are some resources to help:


Below, is courtesy of


Other activities:

1. Parts of an apple

2. Worksheets from Have fun Teaching

3. This Visual Dictionary has some helpful diagrams. Look:

The site uses images to explain objects.

More at American Museum Natural History

You better respectacle that receptacle

Seeds: Monocots and Dicots

What IS the difference between monocots and dicots?



2. major differences 



3. holganix




Examples of monocot seeds include garlic, onion, corn, wheat, asparagus, and orchids.

Examples of dicot seeds include tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, beans, peas, clovers, apples and celery.

Plants of cenozoic era

Tropical Rainforests

Tropical Rainforests are essential to every living thing on our planet. South America happens to have a rather large one. Have you heard of the Amazon Rainforest?

Here are resources for you to explore:


2. Kids Do Ecology

3.Kids Mongabay

4.Rainforest Alliannce:

And here are coloring sheets:

5. Science Kids

6. Kids geology


Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the HMS Beagle

For Biography study this year, I have chosen Charles Darwin for the following reasons:

1. He is the father of evolution which is basically the foundation of our Timeline of Life and our Second Great Story.

2. South America is one of the continents we will study as a class. Darwin’s time in the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador, and time in South America was key to his scientific discoveries.

3. It opens the door to further biographical study of other famous scientists. We own numerous copies of other books in the “Who Was…. ” series.

Picture Books:

1. Who was Charles Darwin?

2. One Beetle Too Many

Geography Resources:

1. About Darwin has an INTERACTIVE map!

2. The Beagle Library

3. Australian National Maritime Museum

4. CNRS has an extensive video and interactive illustrations!!!

5. DK Books has clip art available on many great scientists:



Animals of the Galapagos: