One of the Outdoor Hour Challenges this month is on Maple seeds. I haven’t come across a Maple (that I recall) since we moved here – not even the ornamental Japanese Maple. We are very familiar with Maple (see our previous post, Sugaring Time) so I opted to tweak the assignment just a little and focus on a tree that is less familiar to us …
We observed this specimen outside our city library and the kids remarked how similar the leaves appear to Maple. They asked me if it was .. and I immediately directed them to look at the seeds. The Maple’s seeds are very distinguishing as are the fruits or seed pods of what we discovered is the Sycamore. I wasn’t familiar with this tree so we utilized a dichotomous key just as we had done earlier this month for a our leaf study.
We read in a field guide that the Sycamore is sometimes called the Ghost of the Forest because the dark, older bark flakes off to reveal white chalky patches.
Reading aloud was great .. they love the story .. but in doing so, I am not able to journal myself. So … I may not always choose this option. I’m delighted in their efforts though .. Sweetie even took time to show the scale of her drawings. 🙂
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