Hello, my name is Ms. Shin. Join me as I travel to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Good to know!

Wow, thanks everyone for all your useful tips! I will definitely remember to bring the bug spray, rain boots, and long, yet cool clothes!

You know, as I am sitting here blogging with you all, it is starting to rain and thunder. This reminded me of today's read aloud "Thunder Cake," by Patricia Polacco. I REALLY want a piece of thunder cake right now! It's a good thing there's a recipe in the back.

Also, rain and thunder can be scary and annoying at times, but I've come to realize that it's actually very important to our environment. Why is it so important? How does it help? Do you think New Orleans gets a lot of rain? Why or why not?

Hey, check out this cool looking caterpillar that looks like a twig; I mean, talk about camouflage! I found it on a website created by Dr. Lee Dyer, he is the doctor of ecology with whom I will be working with. Hmmm, a doctor of Ecology? I wonder what an ecologist does/studies?

By the way, here are some fun games you can play... AFTER YOU FINISH YOUR HOMEWORK! Enjoy!

- Hungry Caterpillar or Hungry Caterpillar

- Caterpillar Gold online


37 comments:

  1. Hello Ms Shin! You must be excited,so here is why rain is important, like you said because rain provides water for plants to drink. Rain also provides more water for lakes, rivers, ponds, and oceans which animals drink. Rain even provides water for humans to drink! We can wash in it and bath in it. Water is important for getting rid of thirst too! So, that is why rain is important.

    -Kingston

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  2. The rain are important because they give the water to the plants and trees over there.If there was never any rain all the animal who lives in the tree and the animals that eat the plant.Soon all of the animal aroung the world die.Even the ocean animal.That is including us,we will die too. By:Julio Saraiva

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  3. Rain and thunder is important is because the grass needs water to live,just like us!!!Some times ua forget but the rain will do ur job!Oh, also trees need the water ,they give us oxegen too they give us the most engey acually oxegen.If there was no trees or grass in the world we would all die!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Linda Zhou

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  4. Hello again Ms.Shin! I think it will rain in New Orleans, Louisiana because there is a 20% chance of precipitation and another chance that there might be thunder storms. According to Wunderground, the chance of precipitation it will increase to 50%!

    -Kingston

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  5. hi Ms.Shin!
    i can't beleive your going to New Orleands tomorrow!rain is important because it helps the envirement.i think that New Orleans got alot of rain because it is pretty hot,and also after it rain it always turn hot.ecologists studies about science of the earth,the envirement,and ecology.ecologist studies about where living things livess and their envirement

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  6. Hi Ms.Shin,
    rain is good for us because all living things need water. Polution is making the rain water dirty and the rain because acid rain. An ecologist studies how living things interact with each other and the enviorment. If the rain stopped the livings would need water to find and might come into cities and towns.
    Gaurav

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  7. Hi Ms.Shin! I know rain is important because if there's no more rain,ll the plants will dry up and die. It will kill all living animals in the rainforest. the ponds, lakes, and swamps will dry up.the entire ecosystem will die. (I guess that's why they call it a "rain"forest) There is also a 20% chance it is going to rain tomorrow.

    ~Kevin

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  8. Ms.Shin.
    I think that a Ecolgy is a a sicentist that study caterpillar. Rain is important to us because it the water we drink is from the rain. I think that when you get to New Orlean it is going to rain because on the weather forcast it is going to rain in New Orlean. Your student
    Franklin

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  9. Why is it so important? How does it help? Do you think New Orleans gets a lot of rain? Why or why not?

    I think that it is so ijmportant because the water goes to vegetables and animals that we eat . Without them , we won't be able to get our food and oxygen . It helps us alot to get our drinks and all of our foods . I think New Orleans might have most rain near Texas . It has some rain because why would caterpillars live on dry land ? They eat many plants,and not dry ones . Bye!

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  10. Dear Ms. Shin tunder cake does sound good but rain is important to the earth and mostly New Orlands because it help plants plants trees leveas grow it grows better and lives better.If we dont have rain our world will be dry and plants wont even grow.Ecology doctors study organisms and their enviroments and how they connect with other organisms. Liana (your student)

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  11. Hi Ms.shin
    You are going to new orleans tomorrow!!I heard there will be rain its important because it helps the caterpillars survive (some of them) and I think New Orleans will rain and the weather will be maybe 78 degress.ecology studies environment and nature.from. Aileen

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  12. Rain is important because it waters plants and make the soil soft and moist. Well i looked at the weather and on most days there is at least 20% of precipitation. There will probably be rain because it is very hot all day and is gonna rain because the sun is evaporating water all day. An ecoligist studies science of the earth, environment, nature etc.

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  13. Dear Ms.Shin,
    Rain helps the earth because rain water actually nutrilizes the grass and flowers better than water that we usually use to water our plants. Did you know that if you you drink rain water it actually helps our bodies. SO, in New Orleans you can stick out your toungh and drink the refreshing rain water. Ecology is the study of relationships between plants and organisms. HAVE FUN!
    Jasmine

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  14. Rain is importent to the environment because it helps plants grow.I think that it will rain in the forest.I think it will rain in New orleans because it usally rains everywhere.HAVE FUN THERE! And try not to be scared of the catipillars.A ecologist studies natures.

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  15. Hi ms shin!!!! That caterpillar is really cool. Rain helps the enviroment. It helps trees and plants grow, and trees give us oxygin. I do think there will be lots of thunderstorms,I checked on wunderground. An ecoligist is sort of like a scientist. An ecoligist studies life sciences. Nicole

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  16. Ms.Shin rain is very important to our enviorment because it waters plants and grass. The rain helps grass, plants, and trees grow.
    Ecology is the branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their enviorment, including other organisms. Ecologists study organisms.
    Your student Ariel.

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  17. Rain are very important because all the plants and trees will be gone because they need water.The animal who live and eat the plants and trees will die.the animal who eat them will die in the world.Even the animal in the sea and we are one of the thing in the world will die out.Ecologist studies nature,ecology,and enviroment. By:Julio Saraiva

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  18. Rain helps trees and plants grow. Also, animals drink in it to grow and be healthy. when trees grow, the give us oxygen for us to breathe in to live. Also, I think there might be thunderstorms or showers. I checked in wunderground.com. There will be 20% chance of showers on friday, 40% on saturday, and 50% on sunday. Ecologists study the relationships of living things and their enviroment. I can tell that it is hard to understand the nature. Hope you see lots of caterpillars.

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  19. an ecologist is someone who studies nature

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  20. Ms Shin
    I think that a ecology is a caterpillar
    scientist or it is a insect scientist because you are studying caterpillars and you are going with Dr Lee Dyer. Also i think a ecology is a scientist that studies the enviorment because you are going to study the enviorment to.
    The rain is so important because it will help you surivre. Also the rain will help the plants grow so that we have the energy.Also rain is imortant because it will help trees grow. The trees will give us oxygen. The rain will help because if you don't have any trees, than you will die. It will ain a lot in New orlean because it will go south and it rains more in the south.
    -Andrew

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  21. Derek says: Rain is an important part of our enviroment. We get most of our water from rain. There would be a huge drought if there would be no rain, and animals would die of thirst.
    Ecologists study biology, which means that they study the interactions between organisms and the enviornment.

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  22. Hi MsSh.in,

    Water helps the enviroment alot by giving water to plants and also give animals food. A ecologist is a person who have studies the realation between organisms and plants.
    From Wilson

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  23. I thnink it will not rain alot in New Orlines because it is near Texas.I think rain is important because it gives water to the plants. from; Chris Kyriacou.

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  24. SUP Ms. Shin,
    Rain is very important because without rain, all plants would not grow and our evoirment will be very dry. Also rain makes and helps trees grow and trees helps and gives us oxgen. Also rain helps us gorw food and vegtables. One of your quistions were that does New Orelens rain. Will it does.

    Max

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  25. Hey, Ms. Shin,
    rain is important for our enviroment because then it could help tree's and plants to grow and also for tree's to give oxygen.A doctor that studies Ecology is someone that studies living things.I think that it rains in some of the forest.

    -Jonathan

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  26. Rain is very important to the enviroment because if there is no rain the plants will not have nutriunts they will need. Also if there is no rain for the trees we will have no oxegon. Ecology is the study of nature. So an ecologist is someone that study nature.

    Victor Vuong

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  27. Rain is inporttant because if there was no rain we may not be here and because rain gives water to plants.Rain can.Irrigation of crops, which will help planting trees, which will help reservoir storage.I think New Orleans gets alot of rain because which is filled with the relevant from the postcard scenery of New Orleans can be confirmed.

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  28. Dear Ms.Shin,
    Have fun at your trip in New Orleans on Friday, September 24th. I wish you good luck to stick to your goal to not scream in the middle of the deep forests of New Orleans if a caterpillar or a disgusting insect lands on you in the middle of the forest. I also wish you to have the most fun and the best of your time in New Orleans when you're studying caterpillars!!
    (P.S. Don't forget to bring ur insect repellent, an extra umbrella, & extra long rain boots with u!) (P.P.S. Also, Be careful! On Friday and Saturday, there is a 30% chance Of thunderstorms. On Sunday, there is a 50% chance of thunderstorms. Finally on Monday, there is a 30% chance of thunderstorms! Remember Ms.Shin, stay safe, but also have A LOT!!!!! OF FUN!!!!!!)
    HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, MS.SHIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From,Jasmine!

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  29. The weather's going to be 50% chance of precipitation on Saturday (today) and Sunday. An ecologist studies ecology. (Ecology is the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

    ~Kevin~

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  30. Dear Ms.Shin,
    Are you having fun in New Orleans, Louisiana?
    I hope you are! Did you have a thunderstorm yesterday? I hope that you catch a lot of interesting information on your tripto share with us when you come back on picture day. Please send me a postcard of your trip so I can see how your doing. Have you seen a lot of caterpillars yet? I also hope that you take a lot of pictures/photos of the interesting and exciting creepy crawly caterpillars!



    ~Jasmine

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  31. Hi Mrs.Shin,
    I am waiting for your next blog. As you were gone at home I was searching more about waht will happen if there was no rain. i found out that there will be more war about who will get the water, living creatures like us will die, there will be more dieses spreading around, and there will be more wild fires around the area. Right now it is not raining. Is it raining there in New Orealns?
    Gaurav

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  32. Hi Ms.Shin have you found any catipillars yet and if you did were you nerves.I hope you are having lots of fun.By the way did you see any big catipillars or scary ones yet because if you did show us a vidio or a picture of it if you can.HOPE YOU ARE HAVING THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!! From Mei Lin

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  33. Sup Ms.Shin I also hope there is no poisonus catipillars there. Try your very best not to scream in the middle of the forest and if there is people there with you they might think you are crazy and I think you don't want that.So far how has it been there I mean like sunny or rainy.I bet you are having lots of fun right now because your not with students around you. From, Mei Lin

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  34. dear ms.shin,

    hope ur having fun! -Linda Zhou

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  35. Hi Ms.Shin again
    Ms.shin are you having fun? Well I wonder what caterpillar have you met. Did you scream when you touch caterpillar. The weather is going to be rainy. So prepare yourself for the rain. On friday and saturday it is going to 30 percent chance of thunderstorm.On sunday there is going 50 percent chance of thunderstorm. Finally monday there a 30 percent chance of thunderstorm.
    Your Student,
    Franklin

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  36. Hi Ms.Shin!
    Tomorrow it will be a sunny day. The swamp must be full of bugs! I bet the bug repellent is dead useful,or else you must be covered in mosquito bites. Have you seen a lot of scary caterpillars yet? If you have, I hope you're wearing gloves! Today I finally got my spare hearing aids! (The S Series iQ was given to me for free because they had a foundation.) I saw A-Rod, because the foundation was at Yankee Stadium.Hope everything's great!!!!!!!!

    ~Kevin~

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  37. Hi Ms.Shin that is so cool I wonder were you afraid to hold the caterpillar.I would have been super scared to hold that i don't like any insects.I can't wait until you come back.We've been good students.HAVE FUN BEFORE YOU COME BACK!!!!!!

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