Scholastic Scholars: Unit 3
The four seasons are just one of nature’s many patterns; night and day, storms and periods of calm. All animals and plants on Earth are affected by these patterns. In many places, seasons are nature’s most observable pattern. In the spring, the weather is damp and plants sprout and grow. In the summer foliage blooms, in the autumn plants wilt and become dormant. And in the winter, trees are barren and the land is covered with snowfall. In some places, something else happens in the fall. Birds begin their migration south in search of warmer weather. They fly great distances, sometimes at great altitudes, in flocks that look like the letter “V” from the ground. Of course, birds also follow daily patterns. Their bird song begins at the break of day. Others creatures follow another daily pattern, waiting until the darkness of nightfall to prowl for food. Powerful storms also follow nature’s patterns, although they can be very unpredictable. Different parts of the world are threatened by tornadoes in the spring, hurricanes in the summer, and blizzards in the winter. Even the face of the Earth experiences changes related to nature’s’ patterns. For example, heavy rains may cause soil erosion, which can affect agriculture and ultimately affect what you eat.
In this unit, you will learn about various patterns in nature.