Snapshots of Nature Study (what we did):
First, we looked at the Jewelweed we had in our backyard (behind the chicken coop) and observed everything we could about the plant.
Then, we spent a couple days reading through the pages about Jewelweed in The Handbook of Nature Study. We use this book for most every Nature Study we do – it is a well-written living book for all things Nature.
After we read about the ideal locations to find Jewelweed (moist soil or near streams and ponds), we went on Nature Walks near our home on a mission to find Jewelweed.
We also studied how the Jewelweed leaves react when they are placed in water. This is really interesting because many Naturalists believe this is where the name “Jewelweed” derives from – the leaves sparkle in the water. Just like beautiful jewels, the leaves glisten and shine. It is truly beautiful!
As we do for most of our Nature Studies, we also did some close-up observations and added sketches and information to our Nature Notebooks.
The children also did an oral narration with the prompt being: “Tell me everything you know about Jewelweed”.