Be very, very quiet. We are hunting mushrooms. There is nothing like going out and looking for macroscopic decomposers. 😀
For Apologia Biology Module 4: Kingdom Fungi, the students were to go on a nature walk and gather mushrooms. Since I try to do all the experiments before class, I also went out on a walk. My youngest decided she needed to help with the hunt. Good thing she did, because she found more than half of them and declared herself the winner. I didn’t know it was a contest at the time. 🙂
At first the shrooms were hard to find. Our rain had stopped for several days and the ground wasn’t as wet as a mushroom likes it. After a few minutes of walking and looking The Pea started finding lots of them.
I have no idea the names of any of these mushrooms.
It was so much fun to take one of my children on a walk to look for some of God’s creation.
The ones above were from my backyard. They were so small.
I spotted the ones below, before my daughter did and I asked her if I should gather them for the experiment. She told me they were not real, but then turned around and asked if they were. She just wasn’t sure. LOL
I wish I could have taken the ones above to the classroom. It would have been a good laugh.
By the end of the walk, we found around 15 mushrooms. Twelve of those, were found by my daughter. 🙂
I saved most of them for the classroom, but I did take two out and had a look-see. I never did find any spores on the gills.
After observing the mushrooms, the experiment said to draw what you see. As you can see, I am no artist.
I really did enjoy doing this part of the experiment. It is amazing to see God’s work.
Next up will be what we did in the classroom.