Activities and opportunities to see and enjoy more around you – for yourself and/or your students.
Observe: Did you know that trees grow buds through summer and fall to protect their new leaves for the following spring? All during the winter, the tree’s buds wait with the shape of the spring leaves already programed into their buds (Trees Up Close 154). These buds are one way to identify trees in the winter. Some trees have buds right at the end of the twig (terminal buds). Others have buds along the side of the twig (lateral buds). Different trees have different color buds with different textures. Close to the buds, you’ll also see leaf scars–where this past summer’s leaves used to be attached. Go outside and look for buds on as many trees as you can find. Sketch them in your nature notebook, and perhaps use a field guide or Google to help you identify and label the type of buds you find. You might even try slicing open a few buds to observe the little spring leaves waiting for the cold to come and go before bursting into life (Trees Up Close 153-160).
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