Inside Preparation Work:
- Read the section in the Handbook of Nature Study on Witch Hazel found on pages 686-689(Lesson 190).
- Find out if you have Witch Hazel as a native plant in your area by viewing this map: USDA Witch Hazel.
- You can also read through this article to learn in more detail how to identify Witch Hazel: The Last Flowers of the Season.
- Here is a video to help you identify a Witch Hazel in autumn Youtube video: Fall Blooming Witch Hazel
- Here is an image of the seeds of a Witch Hazel. This blog entry has some amazing images of the Witch Hazel.
- Advanced Study: Read these online articles for more in-depth information about the Witch Hazel: Witch Hazel and Witch Hazel.
Outdoor Hour Time:
- Use your outdoor time this week to look at fall trees, looking in particular for the yellow strap-like flowers and nuts of the Witch Hazel. It might be fun to also include a Fall Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt using this printable from Hearts and Trees.
- Take along your nature journals to sketch the Witch Hazel flower into your nature journal.
- Advanced students: Make sure to look for the Witch Hazel nuts and find the seeds if possible. If possible, collect a few of the nuts to take home to discover just how far the seeds will fly once the nut opens up.
Create a nature journal entry all about the Witch Hazel. Here are some things to include (or you can use the notebook page in the ebook:
- Color and texture of the bark
- Leaves, if any are present, noting the color.
- Flower (see page 688 in the Handbook of Nature Study for a nice diagram of the flower)
- Date of your observations and the location
- Draw the Witch Hazel nut. Write how you think the seeds are thrown so far from the tree.
Advanced Study: Complete the notebooking page in the ebook using a field guide or the internet resources above.
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