Your Learning Connection | April 13, 2020 | Vol. 1, No. 4
Spring is popping up all around us here in New England. Have you noticed some plants sprouting out of the ground? How about insects? Along with so many fun new things to see, spring also brings with it many new sounds to explore. Animals such as birds, wolves, and even whales use sounds to communicate with each other, navigate their surroundings, and stay safe. Nature sounds can also help scientists to investigate the world around them, identify species, and track animals. Some sounds start out as mysteries that need to be uncovered. Try matching these three mystery sounds to the animal that makes them in our mystery sound video:
Were you able to identify the mystery sounds? If not, what additional evidence could you have used to discover what is making the sound?
Now it’s time to discover your own sounds! If you can, head outside, find a seat, close your eyes, and see if there are any sounds you can identify (this activity can also be done inside). How many different nature sounds can you hear? Are there any human sounds that you can identify? After recognizing 4 or 5 sounds, create symbols for the sounds, and make a map based on where the sounds are located around you. Open up your ears and listen closely! Families in Nature’s Making Sound Maps page has great instructions on how to create a simple map. After trying it out, send your favorite mystery sounds or sound maps to [email protected] to be posted on our social media.
Coastal (& your backyard) Geology
Have you ever stood on the shore of the rocky coast, among the rocks and boulders that are an important part of that habitat, and wondered where they came from? The New Hampshire coast was shaped by glaciers between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago and many of the rocks along the coast were left behind when the glaciers receded. At its core, geology is the study of the Earth and the materials that it is made of. By looking closely we can learn more about the rocks right in our own backyards and along our coast.
Join Daryn Clevesy, Visitor Program Coordinator here at Seacoast Science Center, as she explores the topic of geology and how to identify the three different types of rocks: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous.
For more information on types of rocks and the rock cycle, check out Annenberg Learner’s Rock Cycle Interactive. Want to learn more and start your own rock collection? USGS’s Collecting Rocks page has great guidelines and tips on where to start.
Have you ever eaten lobster, touched a live lobster, or maybe found a lobster while tidepooling? The rocky shore’s gravelly bottom provides many good hiding spots, and makes a great nursery for baby lobsters to make their homes and grow. Do you know how many eggs a lobster can carry? How about what animals they are related to? View our Lobster Fact Sheets to find out more about this cool crustacean and try our Build a Better Lobster Trap design challenge. Now, see what you notice about one of our favorite lobsters at Seacoast Science Center with Emma in this video:
Just like scientists, artists take inspiration from the natural world around them. Jellyfish exhibit unique texture, translucency, and movement. For an introduction to the moon jelly, take a look with Henry in this video:
Do you love watching the moon jellies gliding through the water? Can you identify symmetry in the jellyfish? Nature showcases many unique patterns, but it is not perfect. What did you notice about the jellyfish? How many filaments and tentacles can you observe? What do you think it would feel like to touch one?
Using these moon jellies as your inspiration, check out this Jelly Upcycle Craft activity to make your own recycled jellyfish craft!