Science Research Day 1
Today was not as exciting as yesterday. We focused on analyzing the data that we collected yesterday. Analyzing is one of the post IMPORTANT steps of the scientific method. Do you remember the steps of the scientific method? We had to label our specimans or caterpillars from yesterday by looking at field guides to identify them. We also had to identify the type of plant they were on. Remember when we studied classification? It is the key scientists use when analyzing living things. The scientific names can get really confusing! For example, the species name for Tent Caterpillar is Malacosoma disstria. I was in charge of entering all of the data into a spreadsheet. I had to make sure I included the place where we found the caterpillar, its scientific name, the plant it was found on as well as the scientific name of the plant. Each caterpillar was assigned a number that the entomologist uses to further study the caterpillars over the next few days. After inputting all of the data, we discovered that 98 caterpillars were collected yesterday. The entomologist's database now has over 12,000 caterpillars! We will soon be heading out into the field to collect more caterpillars and will learn how to scientifically plot out the land.
What are the five kingdoms? Scientists continue to classify living things after kingdoms. Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Sheets is a good sentence to help you remember the other categories. Kings= Kingdoms, Play=Phylum, Chess=Class, On=Order, Fine=Family, Green=Genus, Sheets=Species. What kingdom do you think caterpillars are in? Can you research the Phylum and the Order for caterpillars? As you could see, today we focused on the Family, Genus and Speciesin our research.