Natural History

Week 2: The Song of Nature, theme 1: ORGANISMS
Week 3: The Song of Nature, theme 1: ORGANISMS
Week 4: The Song of Nature, theme 1: ORGANISMS
Week 6: The Song of Nature, theme 2: STORIES
Week 7: The Song of Nature, theme 2: STORIES
Week 8: The Song of Nature, theme 2: STORIES
Week 9: Interlude - To Experience Nature
Week 10: The Song of Nature, theme 3: ENVIRONMENT
Week 11: The Song of Nature, theme 3: ENVIRONMENTS
Week 12: The Song of Nature, theme 3: ENVIRONMENTS
Appendix #1 - Natural History Books
Appendix #2 - Index of Nature Poems
Appendix #3 - Selected Outlines of Living Things

Day 1: Struggle

Words

For intertidal organisms, a lot of life is about avoiding desiccation (drying out), and holding on. Reading: “Keep Me Hanging On – Intertidal Algae

 

We’ll do a series of readings on life in extreme environments, like the very cold, hot, or dry. These places give remarkable insight into the ways organisms have adapted to their environments and dealt with challenges.

Reading: “Places Where Life Shouldn’t Exist – But Does” 

Reading: “Animals at the Extremes – Polar Biology (OpenU)

Reading: “Animals at the Extremes – The Desert Environment (OpenU)

 

Works

Notice the evidence of the challenges organisms face in your observations today. Trees crane for light, small animals are avoiding predation, some invertebrates need a moist environment to survive, and all must find food.