As I am sure you all know, September 20th, 2009 is the 3rd Annual International Rock Flipping Day.
Oh, you didn’t know that? Well, on September 20th take your kids outside, choose a rock to flip, then:
1) Record what you find. “Any and all forms of documentation are welcome: still photos, video, sketches, prose, or poetry.”
2) Replace the rock as you found it; it’s someone’s home. But if there are critters underneath, move them to the side before you replace the rock and let them scurry back. You don’t want to squash anyone.
3) Post on your blog, or load your photos to the International Rock Flipping Day Flickr group.
5) Susannah will collect the links, e-mail participants the list, and post it for any and all to copy to their own blogs.
6) She also says: “Maybe we can Tweet it, too, this year. Use the hashtag #rockflip.” (NOTE FROM ME: This information is totally beyond my comprehension, but if you understand Tweeting, then give it a go that way and I will be impressed.)
I love this idea because it reminds me of something I did in very early elementary school (Kindergarten? 1st Grade?). We went out and measured a one foot by one foot square of dirt behind the school, and then we had to look closely and draw what we saw in that square. Obviously it made an impression since I remember that lesson VERY many years later!
So go ahead, take the badge, the link, and the instructions, and pass it on.
It’ll be fun and interesting, so please join in! We’ll be there! (…and September 20th is even my sister’s birthday…)
NOTE: More on the history of Rock Flipping Day at Wanderin’ Weeta’s.