Hi! My name is Ms. Lombardi. Please travel with me to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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.


At April 21, 2010 at 7:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Lombardi,
that is pretty cool! Your bunkhouse is very nice. It really has a TV? that is really awesome and you think it's "not bad" I hope you have a fun time researching and making pizzas

At April 21, 2010 at 3:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think caterpillars are in the Animal Kingdom. I don't have enough time to research the phylum and order, I only have two minutes.


At April 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Lombardi,

This is how caterpillers are classified.


Nice sentence! By the way when you were explaining each word you missed Chess=Class

Miss you and hope you are having fun!


At April 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ms. Lombardi
hope you are having a great time!!

The 5 kingdoms are animals, plants, fungi,protists and monerans.

I think caterpillers are in the animal kingdom.


At April 21, 2010 at 6:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The five kingdoms are animalia, plantae, fungi, protista(?), and moneran. Caterpillars are in the animal kingdom. I couldn't find info on the classification of plain caterpillars but I did find info on tent caterpillars. Tent caterpillars make up the family Lasiocampidae of the order Lepidoptera. That was all the information that I could find but I figure that it's acceptable. I think it is so cool that you get to do all this research. It would be even cooler if you made some kind of scientific discovery!
have fun!

At April 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

caterpillars are in the animal kingdom. there Phlum is antropoda. the order of caterpillars are butterflies and moths.

hope your having fun,

At April 21, 2010 at 7:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like you are having alot of fun.
I think caterpilers are animals.Here is what I looked up...........







Chandler :)

At April 21, 2010 at 7:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

caterpillars are in the animal kingdom. they are invertebraes.

At April 21, 2010 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms.lombardi,
I found all 5 kingdoms

1) Animals
2) Plantes
3) Fungi
4) Protista
5) Bacteria
The phylum is Arthropoda
The class is Insecta
The order is Lepidoptera
See you on skype

At April 22, 2010 at 6:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms.Lombardi!
I'm so sad I can't scype with you, I was sick today with allergies, ick!
I believe they are in the animal kingdom, but I don't know what the order or phylum is. I better catch up on Science!:)
Have fun and watch out for alligators, again!
Dave said he had fun scyping with you today.
I'll see you Tuesday, I think.
Erin P


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