Outdoor Hour Challenge-Insect Study-Ants

Welcome to the first of the September 2012 Outdoor Hour Challenges. Whether this is your first or your fortieth nature study using the Handbook of Nature Study, please know that I am so glad that you are here and that you are going to join us for a new round of nature study in your own backyard.

If you need an explanation of how the Outdoor Hour Challenge is going to work from this day forward, please read this entry:
Nature Study Using the Outdoor Hour Challenge – How to Steps and Explanation. 

Outdoor Hour Challenge:
This week’s challenge, which you can complete at any time that is convenient, is to take a closer look at the subject of ants using the Handbook of Nature Study. You will find the original study here on my blog by following this link: Outdoor Hour Challenge-Ants (from the Spring 2010 ebook).

Printable Notebook Page:
This week the challenge extra is a free printable notebook page that will give you a place to record any of your insect studies. There are two versions for you to download and use with any of the insect challenges. Please use these with any insect you decide to study this month and not just ants.

Insect Study – record your field guide notes and a sketch
Insect Notes – simple page with wider lines for younger students

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Getting Started Suggestion:
If you already own this ebook, this week’s ant study would be a great start to Challenge #7 – Your Own Field Guide. You could start with ants and then add more entries as you observe more insects this month. Note there is a create Your Own Field Guide notebook page in the ebook for you to use with this challenge.

Don’t forget that the Getting Started ebook has a complete selection of generic nature journal pages at the back for you to print and use with any challenge.

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  1. Looking forward to a new year of Nature study with you. This year, we are going to really get into it! :)

    We have our ant farm made and ready for observation. And we are starting some activities today.

    Thanks, in advance, for all your hard work this year!!


  2. I am so excited! We are on board for the fall! Sitting with a friend who has a brand new HNS book – so stiff and new. Tagged her pages for her and walked her though it. Did ours ever look like that? ha! We’ll be looking for ants!

  3. Angie,

    My copy is in three section and the cover is not attached anymore. I really need to do some repair to the binding but it has been well loved.

    So glad you are joining us this month and I look forward to seeing some blog entries!

  4. You make nature study so inviting and easy for us. Free notebooking pages, links to specific study, suggestions to get started. And we just saw plenty of ants at the park this afternoon. Thank you!

  5. We’re looking forward to being more serious and yet more relaxed, too, and getting into the nature studies more regularly. Thanks for the guidance and motivation.

  6. we are so looking forward to this – off to a good start – got a little off track with a full grown ant lion today – but that was a good experience too ;)

  7. My family is having so much fun with the insect study this month! Thank you so much for the free notebooking pages, especially the ones on this post–Insect Study. We have used this one several times already this month. The simple act of filling in this page has really added to our experience and our learning.

    PS. I hope I have time to do a blog about this notebooking page. We learned SO much about a butterfly through studying one we found dead. We used the page to assist our study.

  8. You are very welcome Cristy…hope to see your pages and your entry in the carnival!

  9. Hi there! I’ve tried downloading the insect pages and it says file not found. I’m trying to download these for my daughter. Can you please help? Thanks!

    • Barb McCoy says:

      I was just able to update those broken dropbox links for you. You should be able to open the links and save the files now. Sorry it took so long!

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