I started leading a nature class for our friends and fellow homeschoolers. Yesterday was "Unearth the Chipmunk" day.
A quick overview...we buried the chipmunk hoping it would decompose and we'd only find the skeletal remains.
I talked about chipmunks with the kids, introducing them to the Eastern Chipmunk. I forwarded some curriculum links to the mamas. I bought a box of latex-free gloves for all who were participating.
We turned over the pot I buried the 'munk in. I gritted my teeth and we set to work with little shovels, carefully wiping the dirt away. The kids were really gentle. I was still gritting my teeth...expecting to find a half-rotted carcass and getting ready to be grossed out.
We got through the entire pile of dirt. No chipmunk remains. WHAT? The kids were mildly disappointed and some made a few..."are you sure there was a chipmunk in here?" comments. Others thought the worms at the whole thing.
|side view of the skull|
We talked about what archaeologists do while unearthing dinosaur bones. One kids asked if we were like scientists... you bet, buddy.
Next week we'll look at the bones and figure out what is what...once they're clean and bacteria-free. No weird chipmunk bone bacteria for these kids.