Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Apologia Science: Zoology 1

A new year is beginning and with this new year, the girls have decided to shift their focus away from the physical sciences.  They have started to become more interested in nature studies and specifically animal studies.  Now that we've decided on our new topic, we just needed to get a plan together.  

In order to ensure the girls enjoy their learning, I involve them in every aspect of the planning process.  This includes textbook selection, when we use one.  We looked through several books on our bookshelves as well as a few at the local bookstore and decided to use Apologia Science Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.  We have planned 1 1/2 hour science classes, twice a week. Our plan is to complete this book within 6 months.

After deciding on a text, we began searching for notebooking resources.  We are big on interactive notebooking. We find this approach to be a great way to encourage free thinking and writing.  It's also an excellent way to demonstrate learning.  The following video is one example of how to set up an interactive notebook:

Our notebooks are set up using three ringed binders.  We purchased a membership from Notebooking Pages.  You can view a few sample pages for this study here:

We will be utilizing the following pages within our notebooks:
Apologia Science: Zoology 1 Notebooking Pages - These are free pages.  The file is large and takes a minute to download. 

Apologia Science Lapbook  

If you are not at all interested in setting up your own notebook, there is an accompanying journal to go along with this textbook at a very reasonable price.

Now that the notebooks are all set up, the last thing we needed to do was investigate available activities to make this a fun and interactive learning experience.  We decided to put together nature exploring packs for the girls.  They were so thrilled when they received them!

Nature Pack Contents: Backpack, 1 subject spiral notebook (for field notes), pencils, color pencils, camera, binoculars, flashlight, net, magnifying glass, tweezers, and a few other little tools.We also purchased field guides.
We will utilize our packs and field guides for backyard nature studies, zoo field trips, and botanical garden trips (great for viewing insects).  We are also very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend free environmental classes (found in the rear of the publication) provided by our city parks.  Be sure to check for opportunities near you.
As we go along, we will post additional resources utilized in each lesson as well as pictures of the kids and their activities.  I will leave you with a few other links to resources you may find helpful to use in your studies.

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