Wildlife Class Notes for the Month of December 2014

Hello Wildlife Group!  Here are our class notes for the month of December:

We had very good attendance again this month!  So thank you again parents for bringing your children out!  Also, I wanted to take the time to welcome our newest student whose name is Layla.  Thank you for coming and participating in our class Layla and we look forward to seeing you again in the coming months ahead!  Your class participation was excellent!


Tonight, we discussed the Seed Science experiment on page 10 of the Leader Guide. The objective was to use the scientific method to determine the effect on plant growth of removing the cotyledons from seeds. The children took their experiment home last month but reported that before any activity could happen, it molded. So they had to toss it out. I told them that is the way it is with science sometimes. We will try the experiment again next month or so. Together we completed their copies of the Seed Science Experiment Page on page 240 of the Leader Guide.

Next we discussed the results of the experiment on page 12 of the Leader Guide. It was called What’s Not the Same? The objective was for the students to become familiar with variables and constants. We reviewed constants (the things that stay the same); potting soil, three seeds planted in each cup, made plant labels and watered the little pots. The only variable was the light exposure. The children decided that the plant that grew underneath the artificial light was the healthiest and greenest of all three. The next best one was the plant growing in natural light. Everyone agreed that the plant that was growing in the dark was the worst. It’s leaves were yellow and its stems were yellowish/white and very weak looking. We talked about the importance of our plants growing under the right light conditions and how we need to be mindful of that when growing our gardens. Together, we completed copies of the Light Variable Lab Sheet on page 242 of the Leader Guide.

Next, 4 of the students completed their homework “Picture Yourself a Plant”! They did their very best work and I was very proud of them all!

Congratulations to the following students for completing their homework!

Fatima Akhtar

Mavry Greca

Duha Iqbal

Christopher Nighorn


I let them take turns speaking in front of the class, showing and telling about the plant that they drew, and they read the stories that they had written about their plants. They did a phenomenal job! I rewarded all of those who completed their homework and told them that when they do their homework when they are asked, they are using their little hands for “greater service” like it says in their 4-H pledge. I wanted them to see how what they did related to the pledge that they say each month. I want them to feel good about their accomplishments. When I asked them how did they feel doing that exercise, they smiled and said they really enjoyed it! I could tell that they took great care in doing their assignment and included such creative details in their presentations!

Lastly, I taught them the Plant Process called Photosynthesis. They learned that plants make their own food during the photosynthesis process and that they combine carbon dioxide from the air, chlorophyll from the leaves, and sunlight to make their own food. Together, we completed copies of the Oxygen Factory worksheet on page 243.


Aynsleigh and Andrew, we missed you and hope to see you in January 2015!

Homework or other Follow-up Activities Assigned:

Since it was Christmas, I decided not to assign homework so that they could enjoy their time off without having to think about doing any homework.


So until I see you again, be happy and think about the words you say when you recite the 4-H pledge and lets see if you can be mindful of these things wherever you go and in whatever capacity you are helping out or discovering!


Learning by doing!

Mrs. Evangeline

Wildlife Class Notes for November 2014

Hello Wildlife Group!  Here are our class notes for the month of November.

My thanks again to the parents for faithfully bringing your children out to JMG last month!  We have a wonderful group and here is a summary of how we spent our time this month.

I welcomed everyone for coming out and then we stood and said our JMG 4-H Pledge and The Pledge of Allegiance to our US Flag.  As the children continued to arrive, I circulated the roll for attendance and each child wrote his/her name on the list.

Once we had done that, we began the first of two science experiments.  The first experiment we did was called "Seed Science".  The objective of the Seed Science experiment was to use the scientific method to determine the effect on plant growth of removing the cotyledons from seeds.  The children were eager to help me dispense all the materials for the experiment.  Each child received one Ziploc bag, 2 pinto beans, paper towels, a stapler, and a copy of the Seed Science Experiment Page.

We talked about the differences between a monocot and a dicot plant.  We reviewed that monocot seeds are made up of a single whole and dicots are made up of pieces.  I showed the children one of the pinto beans that had been soaking in water and after peeling off the seed coat, it was revealed that the pinto beans are dicots because the seed had two parts.  The two halves of the seed are called cotyledons.  We talked about how the cotyledons are the seed's "lunch box."  They feed the seed until it can grow its own leaves and make its own food! Amazing!  Also inside the two halves, we saw a tiny embryo plant.

We put one whole seed and one "embryo only" inside each Ziploc bag along with a wet paper towel and then the Ziploc bags were stapled towards the bottom of the bag.  What we did was separate the embryo plant WITHOUT it's cotyledons and put that in there alongside a completely whole bean seed.  The children were to take them home, take the whole seed and soak it in water overnight and then put it back in the bag with the embryo,  and observe what happened over the course of a week.  Then they were to write down their observations on the Seed Science Experiment Page that they each were given.  They are to bring them to class in December so we can discuss their findings.

The second experiment we did was called "What's Not the Same?"  The objective of this experiment was for the children to become familiar with variables and constants.  Once again the students quickly volunteered to help me by filling three small containers for planting with potting soil, planting 3 pinto beans in each container, watering them and labeling them.  Also one of the children gave each of his peers a copy of the Light Variable Lab Sheet that they were to partly complete and then bring back to class in December so we could complete after finding out the results.  The students were reminded that plants need light to live.  This experiment tests how light helps plants grow.  The "constants" in this experiment were that each container or pot was the same size, and the same number of pinto beans were planted in each one, with the same amount of soil, and about the same amount of water on the same evening.  The "variables" for the experiment were the parts that were different.  We only had one part that was different and that part was the lighting.  One container was put under "artificial light", one by the window on the table to receive "natural" light, and the third one was put inside a cabinet so it was "dark".  Each Thursday since our November meeting, I checked on the plants and took photos of each one.  When we come to class in December, I will show the class the photos of what was happening in each container over time.  Then the children will complete their Light Variable Lab Sheets.

A big congratulations goes out to Mavry Greca and Aynsleigh Penland who took the time to complete their homework!  I am so proud of you both!  Keep up the good work!

Also a big thank you goes out to Katherine Williams, County Extension Director who allowed us to keep the artificial light on our plant this month for this experiment!

Homework due in December:

Record observations of the Seed Science Experiment on your Seed Science Experiment page.  Bring it with you to class in December.

Bring your Light Variable Lab Sheet back to class for December.

Remember to do your Picture Yourself a Plant assignment!  I cannot wait to see your drawings and hear your stories!  Remember to do your very best work!  You will take turns showing and sharing with the class what you did! :)

You all are so smart and helpful.  I look forward to seeing you at our next class!

Learning by Doing!

Mrs. Evangeline




Wildlife Class Notes for October 2014

Hello Wildlife Group! Here are our class notes for the month of October.

Thanks so much to everyone for coming out this month!  Here is a summary of what we did.

After welcoming everyone, I circulated the roll then we stood and said our 4-H Pledge and Pledge to our American Flag.  After our pledges, we proceeded outside to work in our Wildlife Garden.  Many thanks to those of you who brought your gardening gloves and tools so that we could work and try to clean out our garden.  We spent a good bit of time cleaning out our garden and weeding it.  I bought some pansies and snapdragons to plant in our garden.  Everyone worked as a team to clear our garden of a ton of weeds!  We weren't able to get it completely weeded, but we did manage to still get several piles of weeds pulled out and disposed of.  Everyone, who wanted to, helped plant the flowers until it got dark.  When we had done all we could do in the light that we had, we came inside and washed up.

Congratulations to Mavry Greca who did her homework and was able to give the class information about the plants that we were to research for homework!  She did a great job!  We discovered that pansies might do well in our class garden, but not so sure about roses and moonflower because they require more sun and our garden gets some shade for part of the day.  I also discovered that snapdragons can take partial shade also, so that is why I brought some in to plant this evening.

After we washed up, we returned to our classroom where I taught them about North Carolina apples.  Goodness grows in NC!  Among other things, we learned that NC is 7th in apple production in the United States and peak harvest of NC apples is Mid August through October.  We talked about how NC has over 200 commercial apple operations which equates to around 9,000 bearing acres of apple orchards.  According to the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, apples are rich in pectin which has been associated with helping keep cholesterol levels balanced and plays a significant role in reducing the incidence of certain types of heart disease. That alone is a great reason to eat them!  Other health benefits of apples include helping fight off body toxins, aiding in digestion and just helping keep our whole system moving better.  Also, apples are good for cleaning our teeth when we eat them!

After making sure there were no allergies, we sampled fresh apples, apple chips, 100% apple juice, and fresh apple cake from Great Harvest Bread Company.

The children were given handouts about apples and an Apple Word Search and Maze to take home.

Homework for next month: Find some additional plants that you would suggest we use for our Wildlife Garden.  Even though we planted some pansies and snapdragons, we have some space that we could put in a few more plants.  Look for plants that would do well in partial sun/partial shade.  Bring 3 suggestions to class.  Also, learn your 4-H Pledge by heart!  If you can, also learn the 4-H Slogan which is simply: "Learn by Doing".  Let's see how many of you will know it by the time we meet again in November!  Bonus: When we return, who will be able to tell me at least 3 facts about NC apples from the handout you were given about NC apples? :)

Until we meet again, be happy, enjoy some NC apples, and enjoy this beautiful season of the year!  :)

Learning by Doing!

Mrs. Evangeline

Class Notes for September 2014

Hello Wildlife Group!  Here are the class notes for September:

The first part of our time together was spent with handling registration since it was our first class.  We shared about our summers and told about the gardens we planted.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out for our first class of the new JMG school year!  Once everyone was present, we stood and said our 4-H Pledge and Pledge to our American Flag.  I circulated the roll and once everyone was signed in, we talked about what we did over the summer.

Next, we all went outside to observe our Wildlife Garden.  Our garden was looking a bit ragged and grown up with weeds, so we observed what we needed to do to make it look better.  After talking about it and observing, the kids made suggestions as to what we could possibly grow in our garden.  Some of the suggestions were possibly Moonflower, Roses, Daisy, and Pansy.

I brought in a few insects from my personal garden in clear cups for the children to observe.

Next we came back inside and the children were taught about Plant Classification and completed a Leaf-and-Seed-Sort Information Chart.  They learned that without a classification system, it would be very difficult to be able to identify all of the millions of plants in the world.  They learned that scientists have ways of organizing plants just like we have ways of organizing books and other things in our homes and day to day lives.  But scientists look at different plant parts like flowers, leaves, stems and fruits and they group similar plants.  They learned that some plants live for years and some plants only live for one year and then they die.

For the Leaf-and-Seed-Sort Information Chart, the children learned about Monocots and Dicots which are the two main groups that scientists divide plants into.  They made charts comparing the two.  They learned to differentiate between a monocot seed and a dicot seed.  One way to tell the difference between them is that a monocot seed is in one piece (Ex: corn) and a dicot comes in more than one piece (Ex: peanut).

The students were given handouts about Monocots and Dicots.

I told the children that Youth Fair Day will be October 4th from 10-4pm at Oakview Park in Raleigh.

Homework for next month was:

Research Moonflower, Roses, Daisy, and Pansy.  Tell if you think we would be successful planting them in our Wildlife Garden.

Study the handout on Monocots and Dicots.

Learn the 4-H Pledge by heart

Thanks so much everyone for your class participation!  I'll see you next month!

Learning by Doing!

Mrs. Evangeline




Wildlife Class Notes for April 2014


Hello Everyone! Here are the Wildlife Class Notes for this month. Once again we had exceptional attendance and participation in our club this month! 12 students were present! Thank you and I am so proud of you! J

Congratulations to Jordan Ibrahim for learning and memorizing his 4-H Pledge and saying it for us!!! Way to go Jordan! J

Also, I’d like to thank David Robinson for inviting his friend Collen Taylor to join us for JMG! We were very glad to have you join us and participate in our 4-H JMG club.

We want to send a VERY BIG THANK YOU  also for everyone who signed up for the plant sale! Your help was very much appreciated! My son and I volunteered on Friday morning for around 2 hours.

Here is a short summary of what was covered this month at our April meeting:

  1. We began class with my asking if anyone had memorized their 4-H Pledge.

  2. Jordan had memorized the 4-H Pledge and recited it for us! That was commendable!

  3. After Jordan said the 4-H Pledge for us, the 4-H Flag and American Flag were placed on the table and we all stood and said our pledges (Pledge of Allegiance to our American Flag and the 4-H Pledge) together in unity while I held up the 4-H Pledge banner.

  4. Students were encouraged to keep working on learning the 4-H Pledge that was laminated and given out to them in March. That is their homework for next month: Keep working on learning the 4-H Pledge. Also, homework is to take care of the seeds that they planted and nurture them along.

  5. The students were encouraged to sign up for the garden contest and the plant sale!

  6. Next, we talked about Garden Planning. We discussed having the proper site for planting, the importance of having 6-8 hours of direct sunlight, having rich soil and if it wasn’t rich how you can build it up by adding compost and Black Cow (composted manure) to it. I brought in several books from the library and showed them colorful examples of many kinds of gardens you can have: Raised Bed gardens, Square Foot gardens, Container Gardens, and just regular row gardens. I encouraged the children to go to the library and check out some books on gardening. I told them that the library has many wonderful books on gardening and that I got the books that I brought in tonight from our library which is the East Regional Library in Knightdale.

  7. After that, we talked about what kind of foods they liked to eat. They needed to know that once they plan the garden spot, they need to start thinking about what to plant! So we talked about making a list of what to plant based on what they liked to eat. I brought in lots of seed packets of vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces, winter squash, watermelon, etc.) as examples of things they could grow.

  8. So once we had talked about Garden Planning and discussed what they liked to eat, we began to transition to our Seed Starting project. I brought in empty plastic 6-packs, peat pots, seeds, seed starter mix, labels, containers for mixing the seed starter with water, spoons, etc. that they would need to start some seeds. The children really enjoyed this activity! I hope that they will have good success with starting their seeds and those they will germinate well for them! J I was able to elicit help from the children for distributing 6-packs, cutting apart peat pots, passing out seeds, and mixing up starter mix in 3 containers for their classmates (one for each table to share). Everyone willingly volunteered and I saw lots of happy faces and busy hands! Mr. Jason distributed newspapers to the children to cover their work spaces for the seed starting and helped answer any questions that the children had.

  9. The children were reminded that they used their HEADs to think clearly as they did this project, and put their HEARTs into it, and used their HANDs to get it done well, and the vegetables they grow will be HEALTHY: That’s exactly what 4-H is___using their HEADs, HEARTs, HANDs, and doing things for proper HEALTHY living. That is how what we did relates to our 4-H Pledge! J

  10. That took up the full 1 ½ hours of our time and we had a very successful club meeting! My how time flies when we’re having fun! J

  11. To try and obtain more children to sign up for the plant sale, Mr. Jason brought two very nice prizes as an incentive for signing up to help with the plant sale! (A little birdhouse and a butterfly net) He awarded them to Duha and Katie.

  12. When we were all done, Mr. Jason encouraged the children to clean up their table spaces and go wash hands. The children were allowed to take a treat home with them.

  13. I’m really looking forward to next month but at the same time kind of sad that it will be our last one until the fall when Wake County Schools start classes again. L

  14. But until I see you again, remember to mist your little seeds that you planted once or twice a day and take good care of them. Do not let them dry out too much and do not let them get too wet. If you take good care of them and nurture them, they will germinate (sprout) and grow into something healthy that you and your family can enjoy and anyone else that you choose to share with! There was only one plant that was not edible that we planted and that is the Coleus plant, so do not eat that one. If it sprouts for you, that one will be pretty to just look at. J You can tell it from the others because the leaves will be multicolored leaves.

  15. Looking forward to seeing your little smiling faces for our last meeting of this school year, Thursday, May 8th at 6:30pm! And thank you parents for your faithfulness in bringing your children out to JMG! We appreciate it very much! You help make 4-H possible!

Learning by Doing!

Mrs. Evangeline

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