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Naturalist Notebook 

August 23, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Owls

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Photo:Barn owl (Tyto alba). George W. Robinson © California Academy of Sciences.

Click here for the Owls online handout.

Each week in the Naturalist Center, we take elementary school-aged children on Science Story Adventures. We look at a different theme connected with the natural world and the exhibits in the Academy, and explore it through stories, activities and crafts.

Now you can continue your adventure at home with this online handout. It includes the planned learning outcomes of the Science Story Adventure, which are usually drawn from the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. Can’t remember the title of the books we read or how to do that craft? It’s on the sheet. We’ve also included a list of resources – books, DVDs or websites – for further exploration.


Filed under: Science Story Adventures Handouts — nature @ 1:34 pm

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!



(Pictured below, really close up!)



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Photo: N. Sincero 2011



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints:

  • This animal has sharp backward-facing points on the roof of its mouth and tongue that help keep slippery fish headed in the right direction.
  • A common threat to this animal is lead or mercury poisoning caused by pollution in its aquatic environment.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us outside the Project Lab on Friday, August 26th at 11:30 AM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 9:01 am

August 21, 2011

Meet Sid the Science Kid

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Sunday, September 18th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrate a day of discovery with KQED’s Sid the Science Kid! Sid will explore the museum, seek answers to his science questions, and greet visitors. Bring a camera and a curious spirit and join us for special programs and activities for children of all ages!

• Meet Sid the Science Kid!

• Observe, examine and investigate! Test your knowledge with the Mystery Boxes or play Naturalist Center Bingo for a prize!

• Explore the natural world with Science Story Adventures, featuring experiments, games and crafts (ages 4-8).

• Play Sid the Science Kid video games and view full-length episodes in the Naturalist Center, including Where Did The Water Go?, Clean Air, Reused Robot and Save The Stump.

• Conduct a citizen science experiment at home and contribute to Academy research. Pick up an ant kit and spider data sheet at the Naturalist Center. Learn more »

• Be a scientist-in-training and perform hands-on-experiments at the Little Learner’s Lab (ages 3-5).

• Make a “Science Kid Field Kit” at Family Nature Crafts. Decorate your kit and receive a mini notebook, pencil and magnifying glass to take home (ages 4-8). Limited quantities available.

• Visit the Early Explorers Cove and Academy Coloring Tables to participate in a self-guided activity and Sid coloring project (ages 0-5).

• Have a question? Look for an Academy Docent in an orange lab coat – they have answers and specimens to share!


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 10:07 am

August 19, 2011

Who Pooped?

Use this one
Scat Photo: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall



This scat is very large! It contains a lot of fibrous materials, from things like grasses and trees. You might find it in the African savanna or jungle.



Who pooped?



Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer on Tuesday, August 23rd.



This month we have a special display on Africa which includes books and specimens, including the one featured above. Don’t worry, it is safely enclosed in a display box. Come visit us in The Naturalist Center on the third floor here at the California Academy of Sciences if you’d like to see it in person.



Source:
The Encyclopedia of Mammals / edited by David Macdonald. New York: Facts on File, c1984. Naturalist Center Reference QL703 .E53 1984


Filed under: Who Pooped — nature @ 9:12 am

Science Story Adventures: Frogs & Toads

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Photo:Red-legged frog (Rana aurora). Marguerite Gregory © California Academy of Sciences.

Click here for the Frogs & Toads online handout.

Each week in the Naturalist Center, we take elementary school-aged children on Science Story Adventures. We look at a different theme connected with the natural world and the exhibits in the Academy, and explore it through stories, activities and crafts.

Now you can continue your adventure at home with this online handout. It includes the planned learning outcomes of the Science Story Adventure, which are usually drawn from the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. Can’t remember the title of the books we read or how to do that craft? It’s on the sheet. We’ve also included a list of resources – books, DVDs or websites – for further exploration.


Filed under: Science Story Adventures Handouts — nature @ 8:35 am
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