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Phenological event inspires learning

Phenological event inspires learning

Observation Date: Sunday, Aug 14, 2016
Observation Location: Churchill/Hoover elementary in Rochester

Rochester’s Hoover/Churchill Elementary teachers in the Jeffers Foundation’s Team Teaching with Mother Nature workshop got a living phenology lesson and first-hand experience in how electrifying a discovery can be. During an observation lesson, one of the teachers discovered these insects on the side of a spruce tree. The first insect was already out of its former skin the second and a couple of others were in the process of emerging. Further observations and lots of questions led them to the conclusion that they were witnessing the magic of emerging cicadas. Dog Day Cicadas to be exact. A species that emerges each year.

Image Credit: Ed Pembleton

Phenological event inspires learning


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