Sunday, October 9, 2011

Science Sunday/Selena The Teacher

Science Sunday


Selena discovered something on our window. It was outside, so she felt safe enough to pull a chair up and get her magnifying glass out. She described every little detail of this interesting find to me. She told me everything she could remember about it. I was even given the privilege to use her magnifying glass to get a better look at it myself. I was very impressed with how much Selena knew. Any ideas yet as to what it was that she was teaching me about?  

Here are the things it was not:

  1. Fly
  2. Spider
  3. Bee
  4. Ladybug

It was alive, and is seen a lot….Are you curious yet?



She spotted a Yellow jacket also known as a Wasp. That is right for those who don’t know Yellow jackets often get confused with a bee but they are in the Wasp family.

Selena was able to identify the type of insect this was, telling me it was a Yellow jacket, as well as the fact that it is in the Wasp family. She also told me this was so as it lacks the brown hair that a bee has and the flat back feet that gathers pollen. She showed me where the stinger was,

I was quite proud and surprised she knew so much about this little creature. I had a great Science lesson from the best teacher I know, my granddaughter.

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  1. Wonderful! Selena is a great teacher, sometimes I find myself calling a yellow jacket a bee. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Whoa, I am impressed that Selena knew all this about the yellow jacket. I doubt that Anna would be able to tell it apart from the bee. I only know that they are kind of thinner and bigger than bees.

  3. From behind a window is a very good way to study one of those - we met quite a few while apple picking, they are not my favorite insect :)

  4. I agree, behind a window is a great way to study these because that's the only way I want to interact with them. Ugh, wasps.

  5. Great lesson! And I will agree with everyone else that observing it behind a window is a very good idea!