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September 16, 2005

For some kids, school was never out

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About 16 Lee County youngsters spent part of their summer holiday having fun while learning more about plants and insects by participating in the 4-H Summer Fun program at the Lee County Cooperative Extension Center.

Using activities from the Junior Master Gardener curriculum, Sarah Ivy, Extension horticulture agent, and Bill Stone, 4-H and youth development agent, impressed upon the kids that much of what we use, such as clothing, as well as what we eat, comes from plants. The group learned that even though hamburgers come from a cow, the animal eats grass to manufacture protein. Ivy used other activities to teach kids plant parts, seed science, flower dissections, plant needs and insect and plant interactions. After learning insect mouthparts, kids took an outdoor survey at the Extension center to find insect damage to plants. Terri Sharpe, 4-H program assistant, helped with the classes.

--Art Latham

Left, from top:

Summer Fun participants demonstrate the ‘sponging’ mouthpart of insects like a fly by using a sponge to ‘eat’ sugar from a plate.

By picking up raisins with their fingers, participants demonstrated the ‘chewing’ mouthparts of insects like grasshoppers and caterpillars.

Participants learned the function and parts of a flower through a flower dissection lab.
(Art Latham photos)

Posted by Art at September 16, 2005 03:57 PM