During morning meeting, we continued using some of our classroom research materials to further investigate animal scales.
What has scales?
A crocodile. - Jade Ovals. - Michael (noticing the shape of the lizard scales) I see spots. - Wilder (additional shape observation) Dinosaurs have scales. - Jade T-Rex have scales. - Frannie When I went to the zoo a big tortoise came out. - Lucas
"First Animal Encyclopedia: Reptiles"
A Closer Look Observing scales through a digital microscope
To begin their research, Jade and Cate decide to investigate the "scales" on their own skin.
They also discovered "scales" in a different surface.
The image of the cling wrap covering the base of the microscope stand does appear very scaly!
What type of animal do you think this came from? A dinosaur animal! - Cate I don't think it's a dinosaur. - Jade An octopus? - Cate Maybe jellyfish? - Jade But dinosaurs have fingers... - Cate I think it's a foot... skin. - Jade
Looking closer at chicken feet:
They look like hands! - Cate They are hands! - Jade
Cate also showed interest in capturing scaly images using the iPhone camera as well.
Remy begins her initial investigation:
Similar to Jade and Cate, Remy was also curious about her own skins appearance under the microscope ...
Remy compares her own nail to the chicken claw.
Remy investigates her "scales".
Next up, Wilder:
Wilder observes the scales and compares the shapes he notices to "spines" and "spots". Later, he also references the "sharp feet" and "funny scales" he observed through the microscope.
"Spines and Spots"
Chicken feet are in fact edible.
This research has been incredibly fun and we can't wait to continue with the rest of the children!