Spring Stuff Internet Investigation

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Sap Facts:

1. In the early spring, people collect maple tree sap to make syrup.

a. What causes sap to flow?



b. How much birch sap does it take to make 1 gallon of birch syrup?



c. Compare this to the amount of maple sap needed to make a gallon of syrup.
What is the ratio of birch sap needed / to maple sap needed to yield one gallon of syrup?



d. If you have ever touched sap, you know it can be a sticky. But that is not what it means
when an author describes a character as a sap.
What does that mean?
(Look it up in this dictionary)



2. What causes a geothermal hot spring?




3. Metal springs have been used since the Bronze Age. List the kinds of springs.



4. During a long hike on a sunny afternoon, you come across a groundwater spring. The cool water looks tempting.

What are the risks of drinking the spring's water?




5. When it is the season of spring in the United States, it is autumn (fall) in Chile.
Explain why the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere are the opposite of the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere.



6. The ancient Greeks had a myth to explain the season of Spring. Write the names of the main characters.


7. Review this explanation of Comparing and Contrasting

Contrast Orchard Mason Nees with Honeybees. Identify at least 3 differences.


Which bee would you prefer to have in your garden? Why?





8. Your class has decided to plant milkweed seeds in the school's habitat garden to help save Monarch Butterflies.
What factors will encourage seed germination?



Milkweed seeds require stratification for good germination.

9. Eggs are one commonly seen symbol of the Spring season.
Write 2 fascinating facts about bird eggs.




10. One sign of spring is the blooming of daffodils. When must you plant them? Why?



11. Hummingbird Journey North.

Investigate: Have the hummingbirds returned to your community this spring?


Evaluate - Has the past week's weather in your community been helpful or harmful to migrating birds?



12. Bluebirds nesting is a sign of spring to some people. How can people help bluebirds with nesting?



13. Challenges:

A. On a warm spring night, in the Eastern United States, you may hear the chorus of the Spring Peepers.
Form a hypothesis. What kind of animal is making that sound?

An insect, a mammal, a bird, a reptile, an amphibian, a bony fish, a mollusk, an arthropod, a squeaky wheel

Now use your favorite Internet search engine to learn what they are.

Was your hypothesis correct?


For this activity, we used the sense of hearing to make an observation.
What other observations could have improved your hypothesis?


B. Journey North website
Spring does not look, sound or feel the same in every community.
Write 5 signs of springs that can be observed in your community.



Spring into action:

Ininatig's Gift of Sugar: The Tradition of Native Sugarmaking | Maple syrup and Sugarbush Math

Plants Parts facts Activity | Leaf it to Me - learn about trees. | Map and Inventory trees in your community - project based learning

Bird Nest Hunt | Worms Internet Hunt | Plants and People | Environmental Issues Internet Activity

Egg Online activity basic / Egg Studies - int/ms / Egg Math / Egg Words Puzzle / Check out the egg cam

Citizen Science Projects to do: Bud Burst Protocol | Nest Watch | Pathfinder Science The Green Wave - Spring

Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle literature activity | Learn about the frog's life cycle | Wetlands EcoStudy Unit

Fields, Meadows and Fencerows EcoStudy Unit | Bluebirds Project

Select an Insect Mascot for your School or Community - problem based learning

Evaluate your Community's Green Infrastructure - PBL/Project based Learning

Competition of Birds n Wade Island in the Susquehanna River - PBL/Project based Learning

Explore how to establish a schoolyard habitat | Make a butterfly garden in the spring for butterflies in the summer and autumn.

Spring Outdoor Mystery


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2003 Cynthia J. O'Hora Updated 3/2023, posted 2/2003

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