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Smell Research Project

May 25

Beatrice's flower smell project

Dear Diary,

The prairie in the valley around my farm is so beautiful today. Everywhere I look there are flowers blooming, so many colors, pinks, purples, whites, blues, and yellows.  I don’t know if my nose can survey all the flowers for my research I might sneeze a giant boulder onto our barn by the cliffs as Dad says. He thinks my sneezes might create an avalanche that comes down the bluffs onto our house.   I know he is kidding but Mom’s sneezes are much worse she has a double one.  She starts with a tiny, mouse-sized, sneeze that is followed by an enormous, dinosaur blast.  I am sorry I got a little lost here the topic is my Smell Project.

The good new is I did get to smell the Phlox blooming in the prairie and the Lilac bushes blooming by my house. I like the smell of both flowers so it is hard to decide which one scores the highest.

I think according to my smell chart, I rank both flowers as LOVELY.
Maybe I need to redo my chart since I am ranking a lot of flowers
as LOVELY lately.

Smells like chocolate

Sep 12

Beatrice's flower smell projectI can’t believe it I found a flower in the prairie that smells like chocolate. It is a pretty yellow flower with 10 petals and a pretty orange center. My mom told me that the yellow flower is part of a plant genus called Rudbeckia, and that the center of the flower is made up of parts called the stigma, pistil and stamen. In my journal I am going to draw a diagram of a flower with the names of all the parts. I will let you know when I am done.

I am giving this chocolate smelling flower my highest ranking on my smell chart lovely!

Collecting prairie seeds

Sep 10

prairie seed harvestWow today is a very fun day I am out in the prairie with my friends harvesting the seeds from all kinds of wild flowers and plants. These plants are native to Wisconsin. It is very easy to collect the seeds. I remove the seeds from the wild flowers and seed pods using my hands.

My friends the hens use their beaks to remove the seeds, but sometimes they eat the seed because they are hungry. After we collect the seeds we put them in a bag to let them naturally mature, and later we put them in paper bags and store them in a cool place ( 55F is a nice temperature!)

Non-smelling cute flowers

Aug 19

Beatrice's flower smell project
Dear Diary,

Today I smelled the latest flowers blooming in our prairie, Black-eyed Susans, and Golden Rod. Neither of them are very good for your nose, and actually I wish I did not smell them because I sneezed, twice! But these two flowers are very pretty and my friends and I hope moms and dads let kids go outside and explore the prairies near them. I am still doing my smell research project. Thank you!

Do your own flower hunting with the summer guide for prairie flowers
from the Illinois DNR:
http://www.dnr.state.il.us/education/habitatposter/prairieflowers.htm

My Smell Project continues

Jul 28

Beatrice's flower smell projectDear Diary, I added one of my favorite flowers to my smell project today. I love the Chickory flowers they are so beautiful bluish purple, and look like pompoms. I have never smelled them before so I was excited. I put my nose down into the flower and took a big whiff, nothing. The Chickory flower is so beautiful but does not smell. That’s okay they are still one of my favorite flowers. I think my next research project I will make a list of my favorite flowers that do not smell.

Opposites Day

Jul 08

Today is Opposites Day. For Opposites Day I am wearing my flower shoes since I always like to walk around in my bare feet. When I lived in TUVALU I always walked around the beach and our house without shoes on. I am wearing my flower shoes. I only wear my flower shoes for special events like the Kickapoo Puppet Parade, and Opposites Day of course! My Flower shoes are BIODEGRADABLE so someday they might become a beautiful garden of pink, yellow, purple, and white flowers on our farm if I plant them in the ground.

My Flower shoes

May 22

Flower shoesI have some really cute shoes my dad bought me for school. I don’t like to wear shoes but these shoes are very cool. These cute, pink shoes are cool because they are only made out of recycled materials. if you plant the shoes in the dirt they are will disappear because they are biodegradable and they will become beautiful flowers in your garden!

Stomping on flowers

May 05

Today my friend Isabel and I crushed, and stepped on dried flowers that we got from the prairie in my backyard. We used our hands to break pods, and dried flowers so we can take the seeds and plant them in our small clay pots. We are growing the pretty flowers now so we can sell them in the summer at the farmer’s market! I want to give my mom and dad the money I got from selling the flowers to help them give money to farmers in Mongolia, and people around the world that need clean water, and help for their store or farm.

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