Science — Zoology

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Levels 1-4 — 1st through 4th

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Level 5-8 — 5th through 8th

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Course Description: Students will study zoology through readings, videos, and a variety of online activities. Students will study the main branches of the animal kingdom including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects, and fish, as well as others. They will study animal habitats, behaviors, diets, and adaptations. Special studies on endangered species, classification, mimicry and camouflage, as well as ecosystems and food webs, will be conducted. Students will complete projects and lapbooks and will have many opportunities to present what they have learned before an audience.

Reading List: Levels 1-4  First Book of Bees (selections), Tibbets Levels 5-8  Handbook of Nature Study (selections), Comstock; The Life of a Spider (selections), Fabre; What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs, Ham

Materials:

Lesson 1

Level 1-4

Welcome to your first day of school! I wanted to give you one important reminder before you begin. Many of your lessons below have an internet link for you to click on. When you go to the different internet pages for your lessons, please DO NOT click on anything else on that page except what the directions tell you to. DO NOT click on any advertisements or games. DO NOT click on anything that takes you to a different website. Just stay focused on your lesson and then close that window and you should be right back here for the next lesson. Okay?

  1. If you didn’t get here through My EP Assignments, I suggest you go there and create an account.
  2. Now’s the time to decide if you want to print out the worksheets you’ll be using in this course (now or as they come up in the course) or if you want to buy a workbook of all the printables.
    • Levels 1 – 4 buy
    • Levels 1 – 4 print (be sure to print SINGLE-SIDED)
  3. Do you see the word ZOO in the title of this page?  The suffix -OLOGY means “the study of.” What do you think “zoo” refers to? Animals, of course! So, zoology is the study of animals. It is pronounced “zoe-OLogy.”
  4. Zoology is part of biology, but there are SOOOO many animals that have so many neat things about them. God took care in making each one. You’ll learn how they each have special strengths, defenses, and abilities. Animals are amazing and they are all so unique because our God is amazing and creative!
  5. Before we start learning about specific animals, I’m going to throw some words your way. You may or may not know them. Don’t worry if you don’t learn them today. You will learn them better as we go through the year. They are the words that describe how animals are classified. You’ve probably heard the word bird, right? Of course! Well, what makes a bird a bird? How would you describe a bird?
  6. That’s classifying. You described a bird so that when you come across a new animal you can see if it fits the description. If it does, it’s a bird.
  7. Animal classification is what we’ll be looking at first. There may be a lot of new words for some of you, but like I said, you’ll get used to them throughout the year. For some of you, this will be easy! You love animals and know all about this stuff already, so have fun!
  8. Watch the video on animal classification.
  9. Make sure you know what each of those classification words are in general.
  10. Try the quiz.
  11. This is the end of your work for this course for your first day. You are allowed to move at your own pace (this is homeschooling), but it’s intended you complete one lesson a day.

Level 5-8

Welcome to your first day of school! I wanted to give you one important reminder before you begin. Many of your lessons below have an internet link for you to click on. When you go to the different internet pages for your lessons, please DO NOT click on anything else on that page except what the directions tell you to. DO NOT click on any advertisements or games. DO NOT click on anything that takes you to a different website. Just stay focused on your lesson and then close that window and you should be right back here for the next lesson. Okay?

  1. If you didn’t get here through My EP Assignments, I suggest you go there and create an account.
  2. Now’s the time to decide if you want to print out the worksheets you’ll be using in this course (now or as they come up in the course) or if you want to buy a workbook of all the printables.
    • Levels 5 – 8 buy
    • Levels 5 – 8 print (be sure to print SINGLE-SIDED)
  3. Do you see the word ZOO in the title of this page? The suffix -OLOGY means “the study of.”  What do you think “zoo” refers to? Animals, of course! So, zoology is the study of animals. It is pronounced “zoe-OLogy.”
  4. Zoology is part of biology, but there are SOOOO many animals that have so many neat things about them. God took care in making each one. You’ll learn how they each have special strengths, defenses, and abilities. Animals are amazing and they are all so unique because our God is amazing and creative!
  5. Before we start learning about specific animals, we’ll be looking at animal classification, how animals are categorized. This should be easy peasy 🙂 for you today. I’ll throw some bigger words at you soon, don’t worry!
  6. Make sure you know what each of those classification words are in general.
  7. Try the quiz.
  8. Read this page about vertebrates. (Do not click to continue on or to read other pages.)
  9. This is the end of your work for this course for your first day. You are allowed to move at your own pace (this is homeschooling), but it’s intended you complete one lesson a day.

Lesson 2

Level 1-4* (Note that an asterisk * indicates that there is a worksheet on this lesson)

  1. *Print out this activity (sort).
  2. Which animals give birth to babies (like people do) and which lay eggs? Do you know?
  3. Cut out everything and sort them into piles as best you can. Then you can check your answers and fix anything you got wrong. (answer: ape, bear, pig, raccoon, rabbit, and elephant all give birth to babies. Some snakes give birth to live young, although most lay eggs.)

Level 5-8* (Note that an asterisk * indicates that there is a worksheet on this lesson)

  1. *Print out this mammal classification activity. Use the definitions to place the right animals with the right category. You can staple the groups together. (Answers) *PARENTS: please check the answers using a separate/different browser from the one your child uses for school.
    • This lesson is all about mammals. The student should use what they know about mammals to group the animals as best they can into each category. Then, the parent should check the answers. It’s a learning activity rather than a knowledge assessment. You can shuffle the cards and do it a few times with your student until they can get them all correct. Or you can time your student and see how quickly they can place them in the correct category.
  2. Then, take your stack to someone and explain what is the criteria for each group classification.

Lesson 3

Level 1-4

  1. Play the African Savannah animal identification game.
  2. Watch African animals.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Here is an invertebrate classification activity. Use the definitions to place the right animals with the right category. You can staple the groups together. (Answers)
  2. Then, take your stack to someone and explain what is the criteria for each group classification.

Lesson 4

Level 1-4

  1. Play the North American Forest animal classification game.
  2. Want to watch more animals?

Level 5-8*

  1. Watch the movie on vertebrates and take the quiz.
  2. Read this page about animal classification.
  3. *Print out this worksheet and answer the questions. (Answers)

Lesson 5

Level 1-4

  1. Here’s a new game. Give it a try.
  2. Here’s one more quiz. If you got any wrong, then review it at the end and it will show you the correct answers.

Level 5-8

  1. Learn which animals are classified as vertebrates.
  2. When you are done, list as many animals that are vertebrates as you can think of. List at least 20.

Lesson 6

Level 1-4*

  1. You’re going to be doing an animal classification lapbook. You can print the whole lapbook now, or each page will be linked as it’s assigned. (Be sure to print these pages single-sided.)
  2. Read about animal classes.
  3. *Today, complete the Lesson 6 lapbook piece on “classifying living things.”
  4. Read about how lemurs are classified. They belong to the animal kingdom, the vertebrate phylum, the mammal class, the primate order… All animals are organized and labeled. It helps us study them. You don’t need to remember all of this information, but you should understand how each level of classification gets more and more specific. Like humans are in the animal kingdom and we are vertebrates (we have a spine) and we are mammals just like the lemur! But if we stopped there you would think people and lemurs were just alike. Classification goes a long way in identifying types of animals.

Level 5-8

  1. Animal classification. Watch this video.
  2. Read this page on the levels of animal classification. You don’t need to know all the information on this page. A lot of the terminology is in Latin, but I bet you can read a lot of it.
  3. Read this page on the classification of lemurs.
  4. Make some sort of graphic showing the levels of classification. Make sure it shows their order. They don’t have to be numbered. Each one could be smaller than the one before. However you want to do it. Include all of the bold words at the top of the page linked in #2.

Lesson 7

Level 1-4*

  1. *Do the three lapbook pieces about invertebrates (no backbone) and vertebrates (have a spine).

Level 5-8

  1. Do you remember?
  2. Answer the questions on classification. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and use the diagram to find the answers.

Lesson 8

Level 1-4*

  1. *Do the reptiles, fish, and mammals lapbook pieces.

Level 5-8

  1. Why do you think we organize animals the way we do? Why do you think we need to be thoughtful in making classifications? (i.e., what if we just said “lives in water,” instead of more specific descriptions?)
  2. Do you know them all already? Animal classification true or false
  3. What are the other kingdoms? Interested? Find out.

Lesson 9

Level 1-4*

  1. *Do the birds and amphibians lapbook pieces.
  2. Here are pictures of amphibians.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about invertebrates.
  2. Take the quiz.

Lesson 10

Level 1-4*(*)

  1. *Finish your lapbook. Remember, you don’t need to know all about these types of animals now. We’re just learning about how they are all grouped into different categories. Here are some pictures for you.
  2. (*) If you want a cover for your lapbook, you can design one or use this one.

Level 5-8

  1. Read through the instructions about how to make your own invertebrate  and look at the example.
  2. Then make one.
  3. Explain to your family the different elements on your invertebrate.

Lesson 11

Level 1-4

  1. Can you think of any other ways that we classify animals? I can!
  2. There are classifications about how threatened a type of animal is. Some animals that used to exist don’t exist anymore. We would say that the animal is extinct. If a type of animal is dying off and disappearing, then we call them endangered. There are lots of levels describing how threatened an animal is.
  3. Look at this list. What are the different classifications?
  4. Learn about what is endangering animals.
  5. What is putting the animals in danger?

Level 5-8

  1. Can you think of any other ways that we classify animals? I can!
  2. Scroll down on this page to the chart showing the classifications of how threatened an animal species is.
  3. Learn about what is endangering animals.
  4. Can you list for someone some of the threats animals face?

Lesson 12  (Materials: dice, here’s a printable if you need to make dice)

Level 1-4*

  1. *Play the endangered species game.
  2. After you cut out each page you can tape them together or glue them to a file folder so the board stays together. Roll to see who goes first. (The highest roll goes first.)

Level 5-8*

  1. *Play the endangered species game.
  2. After you cut out each page you can tape them together or glue them to a file folder so the board stays together. Roll to see who goes first. (The highest roll goes first.)

Lesson 13

Level 1-4

  1. I know another way animals are classified: by what they eat.
  2. Carnivores eat only meat. Do you know which of these animals are carnivores? Play the carnivore game.
  3. Play another animal classification game.
  4. Tell someone what carnivores are. What do carnivores eat?

Level 5-8

  1. Another way animals are classified is by what they eat.
  2. Learn about the different classifications and test yourself.

Lesson 14

Level 1-4

  1. Herbivores only eat plants. Which animals are herbivores? Play the herbivore game.
  2. Feed the animals
  3. Tell someone what a herbivore is.

Level 5-8

  1. Read a little bit more about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.
  2. Answer these graph questions about what animals eat.
    • Answer questions a-e as best as you can. They aren’t all right/wrong. Take the time to think and hypothesize.
    • Answer the questions as best you can. Think and give a thoughtful answer. It doesn’t have to be the right one, just a well thought-out one.
    • Answer the questions. You can draw your pie graph or make it online. Make sure to label your graph. Some of you are asking, “Why are we doing math in science?” The answer is that you can’t do science without math!

Lesson 15

Level 1-4

  1. Some animals eat meat and plants. They are omnivores. Play the omnivore game.
  2. Classify the animals by what they eat.
  3. Tell someone what an omnivore is.

Level 5-8

  1. I made you do math last time. Today, just play a little.
  2. Animal diet game.
  3. Classify the animals (review).
  4. Divide a page in thirds. Label the thirds omnivores, carnivores and herbivores. Draw pictures or use clip art to fill in the page showing the different types of animals and how they are classified.

Lesson 16

Level 1-4

  1. Read about ecosystems.
  2. The plants and animals in the ecosystem fall into the categories of producer, consumer and decomposer.
  3. Take a piece of paper and fold it in thirds. (Fold the two ends over top of each other in the middle. It doesn’t have to be perfect.) At the top of each section write one of these words: producer, consumer, decomposer. Write words or draw pictures of plants or animals that are in each category. You could also do this on the computer and use clip art.
  4. Show your work to someone and tell them what makes something a producer, a consumer or a decomposer.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about ecosystems.
  2. Choose an ecosystem–a small one! Either list or draw the things living there–all the living things. Then show or write how different living things in the ecosystem rely on each other.

Lesson 17

Level 1-4*

  1. Animals in an ecosystem rely on the plants or other animals in that ecosystem for energy from food.
  2. Read about producers, consumers and decomposers.
  3. Play the game.
  4. *Complete the worksheet. (Answers) *PARENTS: please check the answers using a separate/different browser from the one your child uses for school.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read the top of this page about food webs and food chains. You can stop at the picture of the food web.
  2. Play the game. Choose your animals and 14 turns. Your animals will be sharing the habitat. You will place things in the habitat by clicking on them. The black number tells you the population of whatever it is. Once it hits zero, it will disappear. (Remember what starts a food chain.) Once the habitat will support your animal, add the animal into the habitat so it can start to grow its population. You’ll see the word predation. “In ecology, predation is a biological interaction where a predator (an organism that is hunting) feeds on its prey (the organism that is attacked).” Only the ones that say “no predators” don’t have anyone consuming them. If one or more of your animals isn’t around at the end of the game, try again. One more thing, try to pay attention to what changes when something new is added into the habitat. Try to see the arrows as connecting lines instead of arrows. The grass will show an arrow to the zebra. That means the zebra eats the grass, not the other way around. Have fun!
      • If you are using a mobile device, set your browser to Desktop. Directions here
  3. *Fill out this worksheet with examples that you come up with.

Lesson 18

Level 1-4

  1. Read about food chains.
  2. What does every living thing need?  (answer: energy)
  3. Read about bigger food chains.
  4. Take a piece of paper. Fold it in half one way and then fold it in half the other way to make 4 boxes. You are going to draw a food chain in a circle.
    • In the top box on the left, draw a producer.
    • Under it, in the box on the bottom left, draw a decomposer.
    • In the box on the top right, draw a consumer that eats your producer.
    • In the box on the bottom right, draw a consumer that eats your other consumer.
    • Draw arrows between each box showing that they are connected.
  5. Show your drawing to someone and explain it to them.

Level 5-8

  1. Watch the video on food chains/webs.
  2. Make a food chain. Cut a piece of paper into at least five strips. Start with a producer and end with a decomposer. On each strip write a living thing in the food chain. Connect them together in a paper chain. Connect the decomposer to the producer.

Lesson 19

Level 1-4

  1. Play the food chain game. Click on the animal picture and then click on Check. Scroll down to see the info and to click on Next.
  2. Are carnivores producers, consumers or decomposers?  (answer: consumers)
  3. What are you?  (answer: consumer)
  4. Watch this presentation on energy pyramids.
  5. How are living things in an ecosystem reliant on each other? Why do they need each other?

Level 5-8

  1. Play a game.
  2. Read about interdependence.
  3. Read this scenario. “Did you have pizza for lunch today? Think about the crust of your pizza. The dough for your pizza crust was made from wheat planted by a farmer. The sun produced energy for the wheat to grow. The farmer harvested the wheat to make flour for the bread. Other animals eat wheat as well. Caterpillars eat the wheat and birds eat the caterpillars. Think about what would happen to the wheat plants if the birds all disappeared.” (from)
  4. Write a paragraph about at least five living things and how they are interdependent.

Lesson 20

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete this worksheet on food chains by filling in the blanks. (Answers)

Level 5-8

  1. Create a happy, healthy ecosystem. Can you keep everything alive?
  2. Write a paragraph about the delicate balance of an ecosystem. What could change the balance of an ecosystem? What’s necessary for balance?

Lesson 21

Level 1-4

  1. An ecosystem is all of the living things that live together in an area. A habitat is where something lives.
  2. Watch this presentation on a pond ecosystem.
  3. Play the Design a Habitat game. Make each animal happy by changing the land and the vegetation. Don’t forget to feed it! Then change the animal and do it again.
  4. What makes an animal like one habitat better than another?
  5. What’s important in a habitat?
  6. These are not right and wrong questions. These are think-about-it questions. “I don’t know” is not an answer. It’s not important to be right. It’s important to think. You’ll be learning lots about animal habitats this year.

Level 5-8

  1. Play the animal habitat game.
  2. What factors did you have to consider?
  3. What did you not get right the first time?
  4. What’s your habitat?
  5. What kinds of habitats do you think you couldn’t live in?

Lesson 22

Level 1-4*

  1. Read about the tundra. Arctic is the correct spelling of arctic! 🙂
  2. *Do the crossword puzzle. (Answers)

Level 5-8

  1. Read about the tundra. Use the links on the left.
  2. Tell someone about the tundra.

Lesson 23

Level 1-4*

  1. Read about the savanna.
  2. *Do the savanna crossword puzzle. (Answers)

Level 5-8

  1. Read about grasslands. Use the links on the left.
  2. Read about the taiga.
  3. Tell someone about what you read.

Lesson 24

Level 1-4*

  1. Read about the taiga.
  2. Use this map to color in a map showing where the taiga is located.
  3. *Print out this world map.

Level 5-8

  1. Watch the presentation on biomes.
  2. Take notes. Don’t write full sentences. Just take notes using words or short phrases to help you remember the important facts.

Lesson 25 

Level 1-4/5-8

  1. Design an ecosystem/a habitat. Choose the climate, the land, the plants and the animals. Write a thorough description of it or draw it. Or, design it in a shoe box! However you like. You need to be able to explain each choice you made for your ecosystem and why.

Lesson 26

Level 1-4

  1. What is an amphibian?
  2. Read about amphibians.
  3. Read about amphibians. Choose two or three amphibians to click on and learn about.
  4. Tell someone what an amphibian is and about the most interesting one you learned about.

Level 5-8

  1. What is an amphibian?
  2. Read about amphibians. Choose at two of the amphibians to read about. We’ll read more in the coming lessons.
  3. Watch an amphibian video.
  4. Choose an amphibian. Get an audience. Tell them if your animal is a carnivore, omnivore, or herbivore. Act it out. Describe it. Can they guess your animal?

Lesson 27

Level 1-4

  1. Learn about the life cycle of a frog.
  2. Let’s see if you remember.
  3. Draw a diagram showing the life cycle of a frog.
  4. Explain your diagram to someone.

Level 5-8

  1. Label the life cycle of a frog.
  2. Learn about two more amphibians.
  3. Choose another amphibian. This time, play pictionary with your audience. Draw the eggs and the babies of the amphibian. Draw it’s life cycle. Can they guess what it is?

Lesson 28

Level 1-4

  1. Read about frogs. Click on “next” until you read about their characteristics.
  2. Where might frogs be found?
  3. Here are two words: metamorphosis and hibernate. Do you know how to say them? Do you know what they mean? If you don’t, find out. We’re going to use them again later.
  4. Draw a picture of a frog habitat.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about conservation efforts for amphibians.
  2. Choose at least two more to read about.
  3. Choose an amphibian. Play twenty questions. Your audience gets to ask you questions that can be answered yes or no. Ask them to start by asking about its habitat. Can they figure out your animal?

Lesson 29

Level 1-4

  1. Did you learn what metamorphosis and hibernate mean?
    • A metamorphosis is a transformation, a big change. What metamorphosis does a frog go through?
    • Hibernate means to pass the winter sleeping. Some animals tuck themselves away for the winter and their bodies slow way down so that they won’t need energy (food). Where do frogs sleep in the winter?  (answer: under the mud)
  2. Explain to someone these words: hibernate, metamorphosis, cold-blooded and amphibian.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about the common toad.
  2. Take notes. Don’t copy sentences. Write down what’s new or important. Write Common Toad at the top and write each main heading as you come to it. You don’t need to write any full sentences. So you would write “Description” because that’s a heading. Underline it to show that’s a main section. Under it you might write, “no tail.” Use abbreviations like = means equals or is the same as and  w/ means with and  w/o  means without.
  3. Name a predator of the toad.
  4. Name a defense of the toad.
  5. How does a snake eat a toad?
  6. What do you observe about its feet from the picture?

Lesson 30

Level 1-4*

  1. You’re going to be doing a frog lapbook. You can print the whole lapbook now, or each page will be linked as it’s assigned. (Be sure to print these pages single-sided.)
  2. *Today, do the lily pad pieces.

Level 5-8

  1. Watch this video and read the facts.
  2. Watch this video, make observations and answer these questions.
    • Are the frog eggs free floating in the pond or are they attached to something?
    • Are the eggs in long strings? In a mass of jelly?
      • Frog eggs are laid in the jelly substance while toad eggs are laid in strings. There was a picture of the strings in Lesson 29’s reading.
    • What shape are the eggs?
    • How does a tadpole work its way out?
    • How does the tadpole breathe?
    • How is the tadpole’s tail used? How long is it compared to its body?
    • Which legs appear first?
    • What happens to the tail?

Lesson 31

Level 1-4*

  1. Read this page about frog anatomy.
  2. *Complete the pieces on frog parts and frog anatomy.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about toads.
  2. What is some of the variation in sizes that toads can be?
  3. How do the toads’ coloring blend into their surroundings? What can affect their coloring?
  4. How long can toads live? (different species can live different lengths)
  5. What does a male toad sound like?
  6. What are some habitats, environments they live in?

Lesson 32

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the tadpole or frog piece.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about frogs.
  2. Describe frogs calling.
  3. What does it mean that frogs estivate?

Lesson 33

Level 1-4*

  1. *Fill in the Venn diagram with facts about frogs and toads.
  2. Here are some frog and toad facts for you.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about some specific types of frogs.
  2. Describe two of the frogs. What makes them distinct from the others?

Lesson 34 

Level 1-4*

  1. Here are more frog facts. Use these to find new facts or facts that aren’t on your lapbook yet.
  2. *Fill out the frog facts piece.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about newts.
  2. What is their life cycle?
  3. What are their defenses?
  4. What habitat do they live in?
  5. Make observations from the images.

Lesson 35

Level 1-4(*)

  1. (*)Put a cover on your lapbook (you can use this one if you want to). Read your lapbook to an audience or to many audiences.
  2. How about a little review? Choose what eats the animal or plant shown. Then click on “Check” to see if you are correct. Then you will click on “Next.” Keep going!

Level 5-8

  1. Watch the amphibian videos. Today’s school is a little gross!
    1. Red-Eyed Tree Frog Life Cycle
    2. Bull Frogs Eat Everything
    3. Strawberry Poison Dart Frog
  2. Dissect a frog. Go to the External Anatomy for the dissection. (That’s a Flash activity. If you can’t do it, you could watch this video of an actual dissection.)

Lesson 36

Level 1-4/5-8

  1. Play science review games today. Choose any science activity from any year, preferably from a year you’ve studied.

Lesson 37

Level 1-4*

  1. Your next lapbook is about hibernation, migration, and adaptation. You can print the whole lapbook now, or each page will be linked as it’s assigned. (Be sure to print these pages single-sided.)
  2. *Today, complete the first three pieces (two pages). You’ll need to do your own research to find out which animals sleep all winter and which wake to eat.
  3. Can you work together? If you have brothers and sisters doing this school too, you can all work together on this one. Both 1-4 and 5-8 have the same lapbook. You have four days to complete it.
  4. You will have to look the information up online. Here are a couple of webpages to get you going.

Level 5-8*

  1. Your next lapbook is about hibernation, migration, and adaptation. You can print the whole lapbook now, or each page will be linked as it’s assigned. (Be sure to print these pages single-sided.)
  2. *Today, complete the first three pieces (two pages). You’ll need to do your own research to find out which animals sleep all winter and which wake to eat.
  3. Can you work together? If you have brothers and sisters doing this school too, you can all work together on this one. Both 1-4 and 5-8 have the same lapbook. You have four days to complete it.
  4. You will have to look the information up online. Here are a couple of webpages to get you going.

Lesson 38

Level 1-4*

  1. *Work on your lapbook. Here are today’s pieces.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Work on your lapbook. Here are today’s pieces.

Lesson 39

Level 1-4*

  1. *Work on your lapbook. Today you’re learning about migration.
  2. You can use this link for information on flyways. Here’s a map with Mississippi as well.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Work on your lapbook. Today you’re learning about migration.
  2. You can use this link for information on flyways. Here’s a map with Mississippi as well.

Lesson 40

Level 1-4*

  1. *Finish your lapbook. Today’s pieces are about adaptation.
  2. Let’s see what you learned! Try this matching game (more tablet friendly).
  3. As you learn about more specific animals this year, you’ll learn more about migration, hibernation and adaptation.
  4. (*)Create a cover for your lapbook (or print this one if you’d like).
  5. Take pictures of your lapbook for your portfolio.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Finish your lapbook. Today’s pieces are about adaptation.
  2. Let’s see what you learned! Try this matching game (more tablet friendly).
  3. As you learn about more specific animals this year, you’ll learn more about migration, hibernation and adaptation.
  4. (*)Create a cover for your lapbook (or print this one if you’d like).
  5. Take pictures of your lapbook for your portfolio.

Lesson 41

Level 1-4

  1. What is a reptile?
  2. Warm-blooded vs. Cold-blooded
  3. You’ve played before, but do you want to try again? animal classification

Level 5-8

  1. What is a reptile?
  2. Watch a video about reptiles. Scroll down to find the videos.
  3. What makes a reptile different from an amphibian?

Lesson 42

Level 1-4

  1. Watch reptile videos (whichever ones you are interested in).
  2. Look at reptile anatomy.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about reptiles. Take notes.
  2. What are some types of reptiles?
  3. What are some defense mechanisms they use?

Lesson 43

Level 1-4*

  1. You are going to be working on a lizards lapbook. You can print the whole lapbook now, or the pieces will be linked each day as they’re assigned.
  2. If you really don’t like doing lapbooks (and we’re going to use them A LOT this year), ask your parents if you can make something else. If you have permission, you can use the lapbook pieces as a guide and make the same thing on the computer. You can answer the same questions and write the same information but make your own lapbook pieces on the computer or a digital scrapbook, an online presentation, a PowerPoint presentation, a video, or whatever else you know how to do. HOWEVER, it will take you longer than just using the lapbook. You still have to finish on time. This holds true for any lapbook you will be doing this year.
  3. If you prefer to learn about crocodiles, or snakes, you can use these lapbooks instead. You will need to finish your lapbook on Lesson 49 (or Lesson 50 if you need to). That’s seven days. Print out what pieces you will use and divide them up, so you know how many you need to get done each day. Each link not only has the pieces but also the information (or links to the information) that you need. If your lapbook has pieces for younger and older students, you are allowed to use the younger ones.
  4. *Here are the lizard pieces for today.
  5. Here are some sites you can use for information throughout the lapbook:
    1. Lizards in depth
    2. Lizards – scroll down past the worksheets
    3. San Diego Zoo
    4. More info – scroll down about a third of the way to “What is a Lizard?”

Level 5-8*

  1. You are going to be working on a lizards lapbook. You can print the whole lapbook now, or the pieces will be linked each day as they’re assigned.
  2. If you really don’t like doing lapbooks (and we’re going to use them A LOT this year), ask your parents if you can make something else. If you have permission, you can use the lapbook pieces as a guide and make the same thing on the computer. You can answer the same questions and write the same information but make your own lapbook pieces on the computer or a digital scrapbook, an online presentation, a PowerPoint presentation, a video, or whatever else you know how to do. HOWEVER, it will take you longer than just using the lapbook. You still have to finish on time. This holds true for any lapbook you will be doing this year.
  3. If you prefer to learn about crocodiles, or snakes, you can use these lapbooks instead. You will need to finish your lapbook on Lesson 49 (or Lesson 50 if you need to). That’s seven days. Print out what pieces you will use and divide them up, so you know how many you need to get done each day. Each link not only has the pieces but also the information (or links to the information) that you need. If your lapbook has pieces for younger and older students, you are allowed to use the younger ones.
  4. *Here are the lizard pieces for today.
  5. Here are some sites you can use for information throughout the lapbook:
    1. Lizards in depth
    2. Lizards – scroll down past the worksheets
    3. San Diego Zoo
    4. More info – scroll down about a third of the way to “What is a Lizard?”
  6. Read about the milk snake and answer the questions as best as you can.

Lesson 44

Level 1-4*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are the lizard lapbook pieces for today.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are the lizard lapbook pieces for today.
  3. Read about the water snake and answer the questions as best as you can.

Lesson 45

Level 1-4*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are the lizard lapbook pieces.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are the lizard lapbook pieces.
  3. Read the next two pages about the snakes.  Turn the page and read the next page as well and look at the pictures. Remember that you can zoom in. I know it’s not the clearest.

Lesson 46

Level 1-4*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are your lizard lapbook pieces.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are your lizard lapbook pieces.
  3. Read about turtles.

Lesson 47

Level 1-4*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are the lizard pieces for today.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are the lizard pieces for today.
  3. Answer the questions about turtles the best you can.

Lesson 48

Level 1-4*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are your lizard pieces.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are your lizard pieces.
  3. Read about lizards. You need to turn the page and read the next page as well.

Lesson 49

Level 1-4*

  1. Finish your lapbook.
  2. *Here are your final lizard pieces. You can design a cover or use this one.
  3. Save your lapbook in your portfolio. You can put wide tape along the folded edge of it (on both sides) and then hole punch the tape so you don’t hurt your lapbook.

Level 5-8*

  1. Finish your lapbook.
  2. *Here are your final lizard pieces. You can design a cover or use this one.
  3. Save your lapbook in your portfolio. You can put wide tape along the folded edge of it (on both sides) and then hole punch the tape so you don’t hurt your lapbook.
  4. Choose some pictures to learn about an animal you don’t know much about.

Lesson 50

Level 1-4/5-8

  1. Gather everyone together and present your lapbook (or project). Don’t just show it to them. Present it to them. Read it out loud to them. Answer their questions.
  2. If you like and have permission, you can search for “The Magic School Bus Gets Cold Feet” on YouTube and watch the episode on reptiles being cold blooded.

Lesson 51

Level 1-4*

  1. You are going to start working on a new lapbook about dinosaurs. Dinosaurs most likely are part of the reptile family.
  2. What are the characteristics of a reptile? Try to name them without going to the link. Use the link if you need some help.
  3. You can print the entire lapbook at once, or the pieces will be linked as they are assigned day by day.
  4. *Today, complete the pieces on the paleontologist and dinosaur. Define dinosaur and tell what a paleontologist does.
  5. Do you think you would like to be a paleontologist? Why or why not?

Level 5-8

  1. For the next few days you’ll be reading from the article “What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?” Stop at the end of the section “Who Discovered Dinosaurs?”  Get out a notebook or some notebooking pages and take notes.

Lesson 52

Level 1-4(*) Note that an asterisk in parenthesis (*) indicates an optional page to print.

  1. (*)If you have a young child interested in dinosaurs, you could consider printing out a packet of coloring and tracing.
  2. Learn about the T-Rex. Scroll down to Pictures and Information and choose another dinosaur to learn about.
  3. Here’s a good place to stop and point out that not all scientists agree on things. The site where you looked up the dinosaurs says that these dinosaurs lived 65 million years ago. Here’s a website where a scientist says they lived 6 thousand years ago. The Bible tells us they were created on day six of creation. I believe that the Bible is true, so I believe the scientist who says that dinosaurs lived 6,000 years ago. There is scientific evidence that dinosaur fossils that have been found are in fact that young. Scientists who don’t believe in the Bible often refuse to consider evidence that supports the Bible. We always need to take the information we are given and check how it lines up with the Bible. If it doesn’t, there must be more to the story. We will do a little more about what the Bible says about dinosaurs in the coming days.

Level 5-8

  1. Read more from What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? Begin reading at the section “When Did They Live?” and stop at the end of the section “Are There Other Ancient Records of Dinosaurs?”  Take notes on the main points.

Lesson 53

Level 1-4*

  1. *Make the lapbook piece for where the dinosaurs lived. Cut out the dinosaurs and place them on the continent that’s on the same page as they are on. (Some dinosaurs have been found on more than one continent. If you find that information, you could write that dinosaur’s name on another continent.)
  2. Make the lapbook piece on how big the dinosaurs were. (This is the last page of what you printed above.)
  3. Color the graph up to the right number for each dinosaur.
    • Tyrannosaurus Rex 40 feet
    • Iguanodon 33 feet
    • Apatosaurus 90 feet
    • Triceratops 25 feet
    • Utahraptor 20 feet
    • Stegosaurus 25 feet
    • Velociraptor 6 feet

Level 5-8

  1. Read more from “What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?” Begin reading at the section, “What Do the Bones Say?” and stop at the end of “Why Do We Find Dinosaur Fossils?”  Take notes on the main points.

Lesson 54

Level 1-4*

  1. “Dinosaurs ate plants before the fall.  How do we know this?  God created the world and said it was “very good!”  Everything existed in perfect harmony.  We also know that all animals were vegetarians because of what we find in His Word–  Genesis 1:30, ‘And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to every thing that creeps upon the earth, which has life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so.’   Some scientists use the argument that dinosaurs had sharp teeth– therefore they ate meat.  However, today Giant Pandas and many other species of bears have sharp teeth (similar to large meat eating cats like lions), and they are vegetarian. After the fall, everything changed.  The world was no longer perfect as God had created it.  At this point it is possible that some varieties of dinosaurs became meat eaters.” (from the dinosaur lapbook on homeschoolshare.com)
  2. *Fill out the dinosaur diet lapbook piece.
  3. Learn about two more dinosaurs. Scroll down and choose two from the list.

Level 5-8

  1. Read more from “What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?” Read from “How Did Dinosaurs Fit on the Ark?” to the end.  Take notes on the main points.

Lesson 55

Level 1-4*

  1. *Put together the piece about what happened to the dinosaurs after the flood.
  2. Yes, that means dinosaurs were on the ark. If they were alive at the time of the flood, Noah would have taken them on the ark. How could they fit? Well, they were all born from eggs, right? They start little. Reptiles grow as long as they live. A young dinosaur would not have been that big.
  3. I think that all of those fairy tale-type stories with knights killing fire-breathing dragons came from tales of fighting and slaying dinosaurs, passed down and exaggerated over the years.
  4. Cut out the Bible pocket and read the Bible verses. What do they tell us about dinosaurs?
  5. If you or your parents want to read more about evidence for creation and “young” dinosaurs, here’s a place to go, The Institute for Creation Research.

Level 5-8

  1. Write a page about dinosaurs, presenting your beliefs about their existence, timing and demise. (And anything else you’d like to say.)
  2. Read it to your family.
  3. If you have more questions or are really interested, here’s a book you might be interested in reading: Creation: Facts of Life.
  4. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, there are some creation/evolution quotes.

Animal Adaptations

Lesson 56

Level 1-4*

  1. We’ve finished reptiles. Before we move onto birds, we’re going to do another topic together. You did a lapbook about animals in winter. You learned they hibernated, migrated and adapted.
  2. Tell someone what those three words mean.
  3. Now you are going to look more at animal adaptation, or special characteristics that allow animals to survive in their environment.
  4. *When you find information, put it on a lapbook piece (or maybe you have another idea, poster, PowerPoint, etc.). Here is a packet of blank lapbook pieces.
  5. (Here are other options for lapbook pieces. You can choose what you want to use, print it out and fill it in. Or, here are lapbook pieces that you can type onto and then print out. Your choice.)
  6. On Lesson 60 you will be presenting your lapbook/project.
  7. Here is a link for you for today. You can search for more yourself if you like on any day. Scroll down to read about adapting to the cold (just animals, not plants).

Level 5-8*

  1. We’ve finished reptiles. Before we move onto birds, we’re going to do another topic together. You did a lapbook about animals in winter. You learned that they hibernatedmigrated and adapted.
  2. Now you are going to look more at animal adaptations, or special characteristics that allow animals to survive in their environment.
  3. *When you find information, put it on a lapbook piece (or maybe you have another idea, poster, PowerPoint, etc.). Here is a packet of blank lapbook pieces.
  4. (Here are other options for lapbook pieces. You can choose what you want to use, print it out and fill it in. Or, here are lapbook pieces that you can type onto and then print out. Your choice.)
  5. On Lesson 60 you will be presenting your lapbook/project.
  6. Here is a link for you for today. You can search for more yourself if you like on any day.

Lesson 57

Level 1-4

  1. Here is the lapbook pieces link.
  2. Here are links you can use today:

Level 5-8

  1. Here is the lapbook pieces link.
  2. Here is a link you can use today:
    • adapting to the heat

Lesson 58

Level 1-4

  1. Here is the lapbook pieces link.
  2. Here is a link you can use today:
    • adapting to the wet

Level 5-8

  1. Here is the lapbook pieces link.
  2. Here is a link you can use today:

Lesson 59

Level 1-4

  1. Here is the lapbook pieces link.
  2. Here is a link you can use today:

Level 5-8

  1. Here is the lapbook pieces link.
  2. Here is a link you can use today:

Lesson 60

Level 1-4/5-8

  1. Finish and present your lapbook or project. Read it to your audience. Explain it to them. Answer their questions.
  2. Consider putting up a bird feeder. We’re looking at birds next and it would be great to have birds to look at!

Birds (Level 1-4  Optional Reading: The Burgess Bird Book for Children)

Lesson 61

Level 1-4

  1. Play again. You should be getting really good at this.
  2. Here is a bird page. What makes a bird? Tell someone.
  3. Read more about birds.
  4. Optional reading: The Burgess Big Book of Birds. These are stories that teach about birds. If you like to read, or if you would like someone to read these stories to you, then please go ahead. There are LOTS of stories.

Level 5-8

  1. Are you confident of your classifications?
  2. What classifies an animal as a bird?
  3. Read about birds and feathers. Stop when at the heading, “Birds are Built for Flying.”
  4. Tell someone some unique features of birds (temperature?).
  5. Tell someone about some ways birds use feathers (protection?)

Lesson 62

Level 1-4**

  1. *Print and complete this worksheet. (Answers)
  2. *Fill out this Venn Diagram. Watch these videos of the birds and make observations.
    1. Common Ostrich
    2. Roseate Spoonbill
    3. Hudsonian Godwit
    4. White-throated Sparrow
  3. If you are stuck, there are some observations on page 7 of this PDF.

Level 5-8

  1. Can you turn this page into a true/false quiz for a parent or sibling? Read the page and see if you can trick a parent or sibling with some true or false questions about birds.
  2. Do a ten-minute bird watch. Get a piece of paper and go outside. Look for birds and listen for birds. Record how many you see and hear. What did you see them doing? Can you draw a picture of it? Can you identify it?
  3. If you want to work on your bird identification skills, you can download this guidebook.

Lesson 63

Level 1-4*

  1. Look at the image on this page. What does it show you about sound?
  2. *Print this worksheet and complete it. (Answers)
  3. To help you, listen to the bird calls in order to match them.  (If you can’t decide which call matches, maybe try to write your own description of what you hear.)
  4. Read this page about bird songs.

Level 5-8

  1. Learn about sound by watching this video.
  2. Watch this video on the language of birds.

Lesson 64

Level 1-4

  1. Watch this video on bird habitat and identification.
  2. Can you build a bird that will survive?

Level 5-8

  1. An animal’s habitat provides food, water, cover/shelter, and space.
  2. Draw a map of your backyard or a local park. Mark where trees, bushes, and other plants are. You are going to look for where birds can find food, water, cover/shelter, and space. Make a map and label these four items on your map.
  3. If you find a bird’s nest, you could draw/write how its location is a good habitat. How does it provide food, water, cover/shelter, and space?
  4. Can you build a bird that will survive?

Lesson 65 

Level 1-4**

  1. Every bird has beak or bill, but they come in different shapes and sizes. Some are made for opening seeds, others for catching fish or eating small animals. Birds have no teeth, so they either swallow the food whole, or bite, crack, or tear it.
  2. *Print and complete this worksheet. (Answers)
  3. Watch different types of beaks and bills in action.
  4. What food matches which beak? You can play more than once! It will give you new food and birds.
  5. *Want to try and eat like a bird? Try picking up bird-sized food with clothespins or chopsticks or toothpicks, etc. Use this worksheet to record your findings.

Level 5-8

  1. Watch these videos of birds using their beaks and bills.
  2. After you watch the videos in each section, draw a picture of that type of beak. Label it (“Probing,” for example) and write what types of food are eaten by birds who have that type of beak.
  3. Do this for each type of beak.
  4. You can read about birds eating.

Lesson 66

Level 1-4

  1. Look at a feather up close and read about the parts of a feather.
  2. Now read about the four most common wing shapes that birds have.
  3. What are the different types of wings good for?  (answer: soaring and speed)
  4. Look at the wing shapes and the silhouettes of specific birds with that type of wing (Wing Shapes).
  5. Watch this video on how birds use their wings. He’s going to use some fancy science words that you don’t have to know, but watch the video and observe how the wings and feathers move.
  6. Use this page to try and identify at least two different types of wings. Which kinds of wings do they have?

Level 5-8

  1. Watch some videos and see how the birds move.
    • Common Ostrich
    • Common Loon
    • Peregrine Falcon
  2. Watch hummingbirds as well.
  3. Think about how penguins move.
  4. How would you describe how those birds move?
  5. What are all the different ways that you can think of that a bird moves?  (Stop and think. Write down several.)
  6. Here are some ways you can move like a bird.
    • CITY STRUT
      Moving their heads in and out as they walk, students put their hands behind their backs, take short steps, and imitate a pigeon.
      DESERT SOAR
      Like vultures, students spread their arms and gently tip their bodies and arms back and forth.
      SHUFFLE-SHUFFLE
      Ask students to do their best “penguin” by holding their arms at a slight angle away from their bodies and shuffle with small steps and feet close together. A little swaying adds to the waddle.
      FLIT-AROUND
      Acting like the little helicopters hummingbirds are, students flap their arms from their elbows as fast as possible and hover in one position. They can also fly up or down or even side-to-side.
      STEP-STOP
      Just like robins, students step, step, step then stop to listen for worms.
      -This comes from the September edition of Feathered Friends Activities. You can get all of their activity guides at the link.
  7. Demonstrate for your family or teach your younger siblings how to move like the ostrich, eagle, loon, pigeon, vulture, penguin, hummingbird and robin.
  8. Flying fact: The Arctic Tern flies about 25,000 miles during its migration! It takes the longest flight of any bird.

Lesson 67

Level 1-4**

  1. Watch these videos of birds in flight.
    1. Laysan albatross
    2. Black vulture
    3. Antarctic tern
    4. Hummingbird
    5. Blackbird
  2. *Match the wing type to the flight type. (Answers)
  3. *Now use this worksheet. Use this timer and set it to 30 seconds. Hold your elbows at your side. Click on start and start flapping your short wings. Count how many times you flap in 30 seconds. Record your number in the top box under “elbows in.”
  4. Repeat the timing and counting, but this time with your arms straight out. You have longer wings now. Record your result in the top box under “arms out.”
  5. Repeat the timing and counting one more time, but this time hold your arms straight out and hold a heavy book in each hand. You have very large, heavy wings like the vulture. Record your result in the top box under “with weights.”
  6. Color in the graph boxes according to the numbers you recorded.
  7. What do you notice?
  8. Do you know now why you see vultures just gliding? (Their wings are too heavy to flap too much!)

Level 5-8

  1. Read through all of the links on this page about birds in flight. The author believes in evolution, but we know there is a creative, all-knowing God who designed each wing specifically for its purpose.
  2. How do birds fly? Write a paragraph or tell someone about the different forces and variables involved in a bird flying.

Lesson 68

Level 1-4

  1. Read about migration.
  2. Which birds migrate?
  3. Read about how birds choose their route and find their way.
  4. Tell someone what migration means.
  5. Do all birds migrate?  (answer: no)
  6. What are some methods birds use to find their way?
  7. If you live in America, watch the area where you live and look up the numbers (or some of the numbers) that pass by the area you live by scrolling down to the list of birds. Which birds migrate near you?

Level 5-8

  1. Read about migration.
  2. Play the migration game.

Lesson 69

Level 1-4*

  1. Lapbook time. Choose a lapbook to complete. You can ask to make your own project, but it must be done when the lapbooks are done. Older students should always write in the answers in the lapbook pieces with full sentences.
  2. The provided lapbook will be about eagles. You can print the whole lapbook or print the individual pieces as they are linked each day.
  3. *Today work on the eagle stats page.
  4. If you’d rather use a different lapbook, here are some choices you can use:
  5. Decide on which lapbook you want to do and how many pieces you will do each day to finish in order to present on Lesson 75. That’s about 6 days. If you decided quickly, get started today.
  6. Some of these lapbooks do not include information pages.  Ask for a parent to help you research to find the answers.  Also, lapbooks are intended to be a creative way to record and share information you learned.  Feel free to be creative and to do extra research with your parent if you’d like to add more information. You can save all your pieces and assembled your lapbook on the last day or add them to your blank lapbook folder, notebook, or poster board as you go.

Level 5-8*

  1. Lapbook time. Choose a lapbook to complete. You can ask to make your own project, but it must be done when the lapbooks are done. Older students should always write in the answers in the lapbook pieces with full sentences.
  2. The provided lapbook will be about eagles. You can print the whole lapbook or print the individual pieces as they are linked each day.
  3. *Today work on the eagle stats page.
  4. If you’d rather use a different lapbook, here are some choices you can use:
  5. Decide on which lapbook you want to do and how many pieces you will do each day to finish in order to present on Lesson 75. That’s about 6 days. If you decided quickly, get started today.
  6. Some of these lapbooks do not include information pages.  Ask for a parent to help you research to find the answers.  Also, lapbooks are intended to be a creative way to record and share information you learned.  Feel free to be creative and to do extra research with your parent if you’d like to add more information. You can save all your pieces and assembled your lapbook on the last day or add them to your blank lapbook folder, notebook, or poster board as you go.

Lesson 70

Level 1-4*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *The eagle pieces for today are about habitats and nests.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *The eagle pieces for today are about habitats and nests.

Lesson 71

Level 1-4*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *If you’re doing the eagle lapbook, complete the pieces on what eagles eat.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *If you’re doing the eagle lapbook, complete the pieces on what eagle’s eat.

Lesson 72

Level 1-4*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are the eagle pieces for today.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Here are the eagle pieces for today.

Lesson 73

Level 1-4*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Complete the Bible verse pieces if you’re using the eagle lapbook.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Complete the Bible verse pieces if you’re using the eagle lapbook.

Lesson 74

Level 1-4*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Today’s eagle piece is about the locations of eagles throughout the world.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on your lapbook.
  2. *Today’s eagle piece is about the locations of eagles throughout the world.

Lesson 75 

Level 1-4*

  1. *Finish your lapbook and present it. Here’s the final eagle lapbook piece.
  2. Show your lapbook to your audience and read it to them. Explain things to them. Answer their questions.
  3. Listen to bird calls and learn about different types of birds.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Finish your lapbook and present it. Here’s the final eagle lapbook piece.
  2. Show your lapbook to your audience and read it to them. Explain things to them. Answer their questions.
  3. Play Mission Migration.

Lesson 76

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Just for fun, read this list of collective nouns for birds. ( like a school of fish or a pack of wolves)
  2. Which ones do you think are the most interesting?
  3. And just for fun read the pellet information . Read the directions and then do the dissection. What did the owl eat?

Mimicry

Lesson 77

Level 1-4

  1. Before we move on to our next type of animals, we are going to look at animal mimicry. Mimicry is a form of camouflage, a disguise. Animals copy other animals. There are many ways they mimic. They might look like something else, sound like something else or even act like something else. It can be a way for an animal to protect itself, as you will see.
  2. First, since we just learned about birds, listen to a bird mimic others. How many different calls does the bird do?
  3. Read about animal mimicry.
  4. Here are animals using camouflage, including mimics that look like something else. Just scroll down for the pictures.
  5. How do you think mimicking something else could protect these animals?

Level 5-8

  1. Before we move on to our next type of animals, we are going to look at animal mimicry. Mimicry is a form of camouflage, a disguise. Animals copy other animals. There are many ways they mimic. They might look like something else, sound like something else or even act like something else. It can be a way for an animal to protect itself, as you will see.
  2. First, since we just learned about birds, listen to the bird mimic others. You’ll be surprised.
  3. Read about mimicry.
  4. Here are pictures of animals that use camouflage and mimics that look like something else.
  5. What do you think this type of mimicry is good for?

Lesson 78

Level 1-4

  1. Learn about mimicry as a type of camouflage.
  2. Here’s a video about animal mimicry. Pick an animal to tell how its look-alike mimicry helps it.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read about animal mimicry.
  2. *Complete the crossword. (Answers)

Lesson 79

Level 1-4

  1. Watch this PowerPoint about Animal Adaptations. Click on the triangle play button to move it forward. (Adaptations, remember, are physical characteristics that an animal has in order to survive.)
  2. Explain to someone about the different adaptations it explained about in the presentation and how those adaptations help the animals survive.

Level 5-8

  1. Watch this PowerPoint on Animal Defenses.
  2. Explain to someone about different types of animal defenses and what part mimicry plays in protecting an animal.

Lesson 80

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Play the zoology vocabulary review game. You must play more than one level. Not all of the words appear on the first page. To start, choose one of the games listed.
  2. Take screen shots of yesterday’s presentation and today’s game and put them into a document with a short explanation to show in your portfolio what types of materials you used.

Insects

Lesson 81 

Level 1-4

  1. We are going to move onto insects.
  2. Read this description of what classifies a certain bug as an insect.
  3. Now try and decide which of these buggy things are insects?
  4. Draw a picture of an imaginary insect. But make sure it is an insect. What does it need to have?

Level 5-8

  1. Read about insect classification. Make sure you read the characteristics of insects.
  2. Here are some ant images.
  3. What makes an ant an arthropod?
  4. What makes an ant an hexapod?
  5. Represent on paper the classification of an insect from its class to its phylum and kingdom. At each level, draw or write other animals that are in that class, phylum, and kingdom.

Lesson 82

Level 1-4

  1. Identify the insects.
  2. Today read “Bees Are Always Working.”
  3. I think that must be why we have the expression in English, “busy bee,” to describe someone who is always on the go.
  4. Learn a little about what different types of bees there are. Scroll down to where it says Bumble Bees to begin.
  5. You are going be learning about honeybees.

Level 5-8

  1. Use the information in the picture to answer the questions below about insect anatomy.
  2. Match the parts to their jobs.
  3. Read “The Way of an Ant.”

Lesson 83

Level 1-4*

  1. You’re going to be working on a bee lapbook. You can print the whole lapbook now, or each piece will be linked as it’s used.
  2. Today read, “Each Bee Helps.”
  3. Look at the different kinds of honeybees on this page and read the descriptions.
  4. *Use what you read to fill out this lapbook piece. Try to leave room to add more information later if you learn something new.

Level 5-8*

  1. You’re going to be working on an ant lapbook. You can print the whole lapbook now, or each piece will be linked as it’s used.
  2. If you don’t want to do the lapbook, you can make a PowerPoint presentation or a book or something else!
  3. In your presentation you must include all of the topics covered in the lapbook. You can add more if you choose, but you must include information on those topics. Use your own words and write in complete sentences.
  4. If you are doing the lapbook, make sure to write in complete sentences.
  5. Read “The Ant Nest…
  6. *Fill in the anatomy labels. You can use this site if you need help.
  7. Watch this video of a leaf cutter ant.
  8. Watch this video of a fire ant swarm.

Lesson 84

Level 1-4*

  1. Today read about a worker bee’s chores.
  2. *Use the information you read to complete the worker bee piece. You can also use the information at the bottom of the worksheet.
  3. Watch this bee video.
  4. Is there any information you can add to the “Different Kinds of Bees” piece?

Level 5-8*

  1. *Fill in the types of ants piece or add to your presentation. You might need to do some research on your own.
  2. *Also, at some point before Lesson 90, you need to perform an experiment. You could make an experiment testing what foods they like best. You could make an experiment testing how fast they can eat a piece of food. You can come up with your own idea. Here is an experiment worksheet to fill out (experiment worksheet). Make a chart or graph if that would show your data well.
  3. Get to work today.

Lesson 85

Level 1-4*

  1. Read about their bodies.
  2. *Here are your lapbook pieces for today.
  3. On the picture of the bee, label what it uses for feeling and smelling.
  4. Draw on a stinger.
  5. Draw on what it uses to suck up nectar. Do you remember what its shape was described as?
  6. Label its “honey stomach.”
  7. You can look at this honeybee anatomy picture if you want to know more.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on the lapbook/presentation.
  2. *Here is your lapbook piece for today.

Lesson 86

Level 1-4*

  1. Read “Bees are Builders Too.” Continue and read page 20 as well.
  2. *Here are your lapbook pieces for today. (Here is an optional alternate project to replace the first page for an older elementary student who is good at folding.)
  3.  Hexagons have six sides. They are the shape of honeycomb cells.
  4. Trace, color, and cut out the hexagons. Glue them together on another piece of paper, all touching like a honeycomb.
  5. Complete the lapbook piece about honey heisters as well.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on the lapbook/presentation.
  2. *Here is your lapbook piece for the day.

Lesson 87

Level 1-4*

  1. Read “Finding Flowers.”
  2. Watch this honeybee dance called the “waggle.”
  3. *Here are your lapbook pieces for the day. Complete them both.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on the lapbook/presentation.
  2. *Here is your lapbook piece for the day.
  3. Don’t forget to complete your experiment. (Lesson 84)

Lesson 88

Level 1-4*

  1. Read “Flying Home” and the three sections about honey.
  2. *Fill in the honey jar lapbook piece with honey-making facts.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on the lapbook/presentation.
  2. *Here is the ant life cycle piece for today.

Lesson 89

Level 1-4**

  1. Read “A Bee’s Kind of Bread.”
  2. *Fill in the pollination lapbook piece.
  3. *Print out a cover for your lapbook or draw one.

Level 5-8*

  1. Work on the lapbook/presentation.
  2. *Fill in the mini-books about different types of ants.

Lesson 90

Level 1-4*

  1. Read “What Makes a Queen” and “Beginning to Grow.”
  2. *Here are your final bee lapbook pieces.
  3. Complete the royal jelly lapbook piece.
  4. Read “Sealed In” through “The First Days.”
  5. Complete the lifecycle lapbook piece.
  6. Watch this presentation on complete and incomplete metamorphosis.

Level 5-8*(*)

  1. Finish your lapbook/presentation.
  2. *Here is an ant facts page for your lapbook.
  3. (*)Design a cover for your lapbook or use this one.

Lesson 91

Level 1-4

  1. Present your lapbook. Show it to your audience and read it to them.
  2. Solve the pest mysteries.
  3. How does learning about insects help us?
  4. Just for fun: If you like to draw, here are step-by-step instructions as to how to draw each stage of its life cycle.

Level 5-8

  1. Present your lapbook or presentation. Show it to your audience and read it to them. Explain things to them. Tell them more. Tell them about your experiment, what you observed and your conclusion. Answer their questions.
  2. Learn about pests and how to control them.
  3. How does learning about insects help us?
  4. Just for fun: If you like to draw, here are step-by-step instructions as to how to draw each stage of its life cycle.

Lesson 92

Level 1-4*

  1. Next you are going to be learning about worms. They are NOT insects, but they are creeping crawly things. Do you find them disgusting or interesting?
  2. Here is your lapbook. You can print the whole thing or just the pages you need each day.
  3. *Complete the earthworm vocabulary piece.

Level 5-8

  1. You get to read about spiders. Are you excited or creeped out?
  2. Read one chapter a day from The Life of the Spider by Fabre. I think you can just pick your chapter each day.  Here’s the audio book.

Lesson 93

Level 1-4*

  1. *Here are your lapbook pieces about worm tunnels and worm movement.
  2. You can use this page for information on worm movement.

Level 5-8

  1. Read one chapter.  Here’s the audio book.

Lesson 94

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the Mating & Hatching piece.

Level 5-8

  1. Read one chapter.  Here’s the audio book.

Lesson 95

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the piece on earthworm enemies.

Level 5-8

  1. Read one chapter.  Here’s the audio book.

Lesson 96

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the worm food piece.

Level 5-8

  1. Read one chapter.  Here’s the audio book.

Lesson 97

Level 1-4*

  1. Read about worm anatomy. Herman the Worm explains anatomy
  2. *Complete the worm anatomy pieces.

Level 5-8

  1. Read one chapter.  Here’s the audio book.

Lesson 98

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the Dig In! piece.

Level 5-8

  1. Read one chapter.  Here’s the audio book.

Lesson 99

Level 1-4*

  1. If you are able to read other books on worms or are able to observe a worm, do it!
  2. If you don’t have worm books, use some of these links to learn more about worms.
  3. *Use the worm facts piece to record anything you find interesting. (You can add to any of your other pieces if you like.)

Level 5-8

  1. Watch this video of a spider. Make observations.
  2. Watch this video of a spider. Make observations.
  3. Write a chapter for Fabre’s book. Try and write in his wonderful style. He’s so descriptive. Write at least half a page (single spaced, 250 words) describing the spider in as much detail and as in as many ways as you can think of. You can add in facts you’ve learned about spiders. You don’t have to be limited to what you saw in those five minutes. Tomorrow you will finish/edit it and present it.

Lesson 100

Level 1-4(*)

  1. (*)Print this cover or design your own.
  2. Share your lapbook. Show it to your audience and read it to them. Explain things to them. Answer their questions.
  3. If you are allowed, you can search for “The Magic School Bus Spins a Web” on YouTube.
  4. You could also try a little review. Feed the animals.

Level 5-8

  1. Finish/edit your descriptive spider story.
  2. Read it to your audience. Answer their questions about spiders.

Symbiotic Relationships

Lesson 101

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Before we move under the sea, let’s look at symbiotic relationships. That’s when two living things work together to take care of each other. They each do something for the other. They are a team. You are going to make a book. On each page, draw a picture of both animals in the symbiotic relationship. You can write the names of the animals, and if you are older (Level 5-8 and some of the Level 1-4s) you can write how the animals help each other. If you have siblings, you can make a book together if you like. Younger kids can draw; older kids can write. Or you can each make your own. Make sure your book has a cover.
  2. Here’s an official definition of symbiosis:
    • Interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.
    • A mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.
  3. Here’s your first relationship. Watch this video about ant and butterfly symbiosis.
  4. Watch this video on fish symbiosis.

Lesson 102

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Here’s another symbiotic relationship, the acacia ant and the acacia tree.
  2. Scroll down and just read “Clowning Around.”

Lesson 103

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Read about the rhino and a small bird, the oxpecker. You don’t have to read the whole page, just about this relationship.
  2. Watch this video on seagulls and sunfish.
  3. Finish your book. Present your book to an audience. Explain the pictures and the relationships between the animals.

Fish

Lesson 104

Level 1-4

  1. What is a fish?
  2. One of the characteristics of a fish is that it breathes underwater with gills. Learn more by watching the beginning of this video to see gills.
  3. How about a story? Rainbow Fish

Level 5-8

  1. We’re diving under the ocean. Learn about coral reef animals and food webs.
  2. You can see a picture of and read about a coral reef food web here.

Lesson 105

Level 1-4

  1. Read pages 2-4 of this PDF. Page two shows you the names of a fish’s fins. Page four shows you different shapes of fish.
  2. Look at these two pages and then try these two activities.
  3. Label the fish fins.
  4. Build a fish  Your job is to build a fish that lives in the open ocean. What type of fish would live there? Use the arrows to open the drop-down menus.

Level 5-8

  1. Let’s jump to another habitat. Read about freshwater fish. There’s just a little blurb. Do not click on any link in the ads.
    • On the left, click on the fish pictures and read the first paragraph on each page.
  2. When you are filled up with knowledge, take the freshwater fish quiz.

Lesson 106

Level 1-4

  1. Look at the fish on the fish shapes page. What types of places do they live in? You can probably picture the open ocean and sand and mud. Here are some pictures of what the coral reef looks like.
  2. There is another distinction about where fish live. Read about freshwater and saltwater fish. Don’t forget to scroll down and read the fascinating facts. Also choose two fish on each page to read more about (from the list of fish on the left side).

Level 5-8

  1. Read about saltwater fish today. Use the fish links on the left and read the first paragraph on each page.
  2. Take the quiz when you are finished.

Lesson 107  (Cardstock if you can, for printing)

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete this worksheet on the ocean’s zones. (Answers)
  2. You can watch this video too about the ocean’s zones.
  3. *You might want to set up the bingo game about underwater ecosystems. You will play tomorrow. You should at least get it printed out cut/assembled. You need to print a set for each child playing and one for the caller (mom?). These sheets include a set for one child and the caller. If you have more than one child, print as many copies of page 2 as you need for any extra children.  Print on cardstock if you have it. I never have cardstock. When I need paper to be stronger, I glue a second piece to the back of it.
  4. If you make them today, put these in a safe place until you play the game.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Complete this worksheet on the ocean’s zones. (Answers)
  2. You can watch this video too about the ocean’s zones.
  3. *You might want to set up the bingo game about underwater ecosystems. You will play tomorrow. You should at least get it printed out cut/assembled. You need to print a set for each child playing and one for the caller (mom?). These sheets include a set for one child and the caller. If you have more than one child, print as many copies of page 2 as you need for any extra children.  Print on cardstock if you have it. I never have cardstock. When I need paper to be stronger, I glue a second piece to the back of it.
  4. If you make them today, put these in a safe place until you play the game.

Lesson 108

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Play bingo (printed on Lesson 107).

Lesson 109  (Make sure you have ink in the printer. You can always print in black and white, but color is nice.)

Level 1-4*

  1. You are going to be doing a shark lapbook. You can print the whole thing at once, or each piece will be linked on the day it is needed.
  2. Today complete the “What is a Shark?” and vocabulary pieces.

Level 5-8*

  1. You are going to be doing a shark lapbook. You can print the whole thing now, or each piece will be linked as it’s assigned.
  2. *Here are today’s pieces.
  3. You need to find your own information. Use Google strict safe search and type in the questions that you need answers to.
  4. Here are some sites as well.

Lesson 110

Level 1-4*

  1. *Here are today’s shark pieces about shark sizes and types.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Complete today’s pieces.

Lesson 111

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the pieces on shark anatomy.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Work on your lapbook. Here are today’s pieces.

Lesson 112

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the pieces on hunting and teeth.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Here are today’s lapbook pieces.

Lesson 113

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete today’s pieces on where sharks live and shark diets.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Complete today’s pieces.

Lesson 114

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete today’s pieces on shark relatives and baby sharks.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Here are your pieces for today.

Lesson 115

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the shark species pocket card piece.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Complete these pieces for today.

Lesson 116

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the Hurt/Help piece.
  2. You can print out a cover if you like or draw your own cover.

Level 5-8*(*)

  1. *Finish your lapbook. Here is the final piece.
  2. (*)You can print this cover or draw your own.

Lesson 117

Level 1-4/Level 5-8(*) Note that an asterisk in parenthesis (*) indicates an optional page to print.

  1. Present your lapbooks. Show it to your audience. Read it to them. Explain things to them. Answer their questions. Don’t interrupt anyone else’s presentation. You may have some different facts if you got your information from different places. You can share your information when it is your turn.
  2. Take pictures of your lapbook for your portfolio.
  3. Play the zoology ocean edition vocabulary game. You start by choosing a game from the list.
  4. Do one or all of the following activities.

Other Water Animals

Lesson 118  (optional craft: brown paper lunch bag)

Level 1-4*(*)

  1. Learn about Sea Otters.
  2. *Print out these critter cardsLearn their names. Ask someone to play with you. Have the person pick one card. You ask yes and no questions to figure out which critter it is. They can only answer you yes or no. Do all the cards.
  3. (*)Just if you would like to…here is a sea otter craft.

Level 5-8

  1. Read all about sea otters.
  2. List five facts about sea otters when you are all done.
  3. Watch the sea otters on the web cam if you are able. Make two observations.

Lesson 119

Level 1-4

  1. Learn what animals may live in a tide pool
  2. Can you find what kinds of things sea stars eat?
  3. Is the sea star a vertebrate or invertebrate? What does that mean?  (answer: an invertebrate does not have a spine)
  4. What happens if a sea star loses an arm?  (answer: It grows back.)

Level 5-8*

  1. Learn about clams.
  2. *Make a clam.
  3. You could take a picture of this for your portfolio as well.

Lesson 120

Level 1-4(*)

  1. What kind of animal is it?
  2. Review your zoology vocabulary.
  3. (*)If you like, here are coloring pages.

Level 5-8  (Materials: one piece of paper, tape, scissors)

  1. Learn about barnacles.
  2. Make a barnacle.

Lesson 121

Level 1-4*

  1. This week you are going to complete a jellyfish lapbook. You can print the whole thing at once, or each piece will be linked the day it is assigned.
  2. *Here are your pieces for today.

Level 5-8*

  1. You are going to be learning about mollusks. Instead of making a lapbook, you’re going to fill out note pages while you read.
  2. Today, read the “mollusks” and “vocabulary” sections of this page (scroll down past the lapbook templates to read).
  3. *Fill in the page on mollusks and do the vocabulary exercise.

Lesson 122

Level 1-4*

  1. *Continue your lapbook. Here are your pieces for today.

Level 5-8*

  1. Today, read the “Octopus” section.
  2. *Fill in the octopus note pages.

Lesson 123

Level 1-4*

  1. *Continue your lapbook. Here are today’s pieces.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read the “squids” section.
  2. *Fill in the squid note pages.
  3. Make sure you are writing complete sentences in your own words. Don’t copy off of the page.

Lesson 124

Level 1-4*

  1. *Continue your lapbook. Here are today’s pieces.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read the “snails & slugs” section.
  2. *Fill in the snails and slugs note pages.

Lesson 125

Level 1-4*

  1. *Learn the vocabulary words before cutting them apart. Play a game of memory match where you try to match the words to the definitions by flipping cards in pairs. If you flip a word and its definition, you get a match. Store the cards in the pocket and put it all inside your lapbook.
  2. (*)Finalize your lapbook. Design a cover, or you can use this one.
  3. Present your lapbook. Show it to your audience. Read it to them. Explain it to them. Answer their questions.

Level 5-8

  1. Vocabulary review…

Lesson 126

Level 1-4*

  1. This week you will be doing a whale lapbook. You can print the whole thing or the pages will be linked as they’re assigned.
  2. *Today complete the Classification and Anatomy pieces.

Level 5-8*

  1. This week you will be learning about sea turtles.
  2. Today, read through the vocabulary.
  3. *Fill in the eggs on this worksheet with new words and definitions.

Lesson 127

Level 1-4*

  1. *Today complete the Whale Sizes and Whale Species pieces.
  2. You can find information on this page and pieces if you didn’t already print.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read the general sea turtle facts, protection from predators, and reptile family sections.
  2. *Fill in these pages as you read.

Lesson 128

Level 1-4*

  1. *Today complete the Blubber and Migration pieces.
  2. You can find a whale migration map here. You can keep clicking on it to see it bigger.
  3. Blubber helps whales be more buoyant, meaning it helps them float. That’s important when you weigh hundreds of thousands of pounds (over 100,000 kilos). Blubber also keeps whales warm in cold waters. Then the whales can use the energy stored in that fat as they travel on their migration. That leaves them leaner when they are in warm water. It might also help protect them as predators can have a hard time getting through all that fat.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read the Sea Turtles Other Turtles box and then scroll down and read the Sea Turtles are Endangered section.
  2. *Fill in these pages.

Lesson 129

Level 1-4*

  1. *Today complete the Whale Tricks and Vocabulary pieces.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read the sections on Sea Turtle Anatomy and Sea Turtle Reproduction Facts.
  2. *Fill in these pages.

Lesson 130 

Level 1-4*

  1. *Today complete the Compare & Contrast and Whale Extremes pieces.
  2. (*) Present your lapbook. Here is a cover, or you can make your own.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read about the 7 species of sea turtles.
  2. *Fill in these pages.

Lesson 131

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Before we move onto mammals, let’s take a look at amazing animal senses. What are your senses? Touch, smell, hearing, sight, and taste.  These animals have those to an even greater extent and other amazing abilities. There are 50 of them on the page. Start carefully reading through them today. Choose three and write down the animal and write about their amazing senses.

Lesson 132

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Finish reading through the page and choose three more animals to write about.

Lesson 133

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Write a storybook or a comic book about the animals you chose. In your story, you have to show their senses at work. You can work on this tomorrow as well.

Lesson 134

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Try and finish your storybook or comic book.

Lesson 135

Level 1-4

  1. Present your book. Show it to your audience and read it to them. Answer their questions.
  2. Try a game and a quiz.
    • Place the animals into the right category as best as you can.
    • Answer the questions. It’s okay if you get some wrong. You can learn from your mistakes.

Level 5-8

  1. Present your book. Show it to your audience and read it to them. Answer their questions.
  2. Try some games and quizzes. (It’s okay if you don’t get them all right. You won’t know them all. You can learn from what you didn’t know.)

Mammals  (Level 1-4 Optional reading: The Burgess Animal Book for Childrenaudio version)

Lesson 136  

Level 1-4

  1. What is a mammal?
  2. Read this page on animal babies.
  3. What’s different about mammal babies? (answer: All other animals lay eggs. Mammal babies grow inside their mothers.)
  4. There is an exception to this. The platypus is considered a mammal, but it lays eggs.
  5. Read about warm-blooded and cold-blooded.
  6. What are mammals? What does that mean?  (answer: Warm-blooded animals stay the same body temperature no matter what the weather. Humans stay about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.)
  7. Make a mammal flip book. Choose from gazelle, bat, dolphin, bear, kangaroo, or gibbon. Each of these animals is a mammal.
    • Notice the bat and dolphin. Mammals can fly and mammals can live in the water.

Level 5-8

  1. Watch “The Case of the Zany Animal Antics.” (This video is an hour long.)

Lesson 137

Level 1-4

  1. Read again about mammals.
  2. And again.
  3. Play Is It a Mammal?
  4. Find the mammals.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about what classifies an animal as a mammal and watch videos.
  2. What makes you a mammal?  (answer: hair on your body, warm-blooded, vertebrate, as a baby you were able to drink milk from your mother)

Lesson 138

Level 1-4

  1. Take a tour of a dairy farm. Choose four of the question marks today.
  2. Tell someone about each of the topics you learned about.

Level 5-8

  1. Take a tour of a dairy farm.

Lesson 139

Level 1-4

  1. Finish the dairy farm.

Level 5-8

  1. What’s the difference between the feedlot and the cow/calf farm?
  2. It would be a good idea to assemble your game for Lesson 140.

Lesson 140 

Level 1-4(*)

  1. Learn about cow stomachs.
  2. Look at different types of cows.
  3. (*)Just for fun if you like: If you only have a first or second grader, you could skip this. You can go here and choose a craft or coloring page. You could also read this fable.

Level 5-8

  1. Learn about cow stomachs.
  2. Look at the different types of cows and learn about them.
  3. Save the cows. This is pretty much just for fun. See if you can follow the directions to get through the first level.

Lesson 141

Level 1-4*

  1. Read the Aesop’s Fable The Oxen and the Wheels.
  2. *See if you can complete this cattle types worksheet. (Answers)

Level 5-8*

  1. Read this poem.
  2. *Complete this page. Do you remember? (You read about this on Lesson 139.) Compare and contrast–do both. Write in complete sentences.

Lesson 142

Level 1-4*

  1. Read the Aesop’s Fable The Frogs and the Ox.
  2. Read about “Uses” in this PDF on pages 5-7. (Click “preview” to read the PDF)
  3. *Fill in this worksheet about the uses of cattle.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Fill in this page on cow classification.
  2. If you need help, the top of the first page of this PDF has the information. You can just preview it to read it.

Lesson 143

Level 1-4*

  1. Read the Aesop’s fable The Gnat and the Bull.
  2. *Fill in this page with some cow facts. You should know some facts from your dairy farm tour.
  3. You can read more if you need to in the information on this PDF – just click preview to read it. Pages 1-9 have information you can skim. A lot of fun facts are marked “Did you know?”

Level 5-8*

  1. *Fill in these pages about anatomy facts.
  2. Pages 3 and 4 of the PDF have information (remember, you can just click preview).

Lesson 144

Level 1-4*

  1. Read the Aesop’s fable The Bull and the Goat.
  2. *Cut out and assemble these pieces and read through the life cycle facts.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read about the history of cattle (number 5 on page 2 – just click preview).
  2. *Fill out this worksheet.
  3. Read about their diet (number 8 on page 4) and tell someone about it.

Lesson 145

Level 1-4*

  1. Read the Aesop’s fable Three Bullocks and a Lion.
  2. *Learn the vocabulary and play memory match.
  3. Teach your family everything about cows. Use your worksheets to help you.

Level 5-8

  1. Flip through this presentation on mammals.
  2. If you have a younger sibling, play memory match with them using their vocabulary cards.
  3. If you have younger siblings, teach them what you know about cows. Let them teach you.
  4. At dinner, tell your family about the loudest, fattest, smallest, smelliest…mammals.

Lesson 146

Level 1-4*

  1. You are going to be working on a monkey lapbook. You can print the whole thing now or the pieces will be linked as they are assigned.
  2. *Today complete the Classification and Vocabulary pieces.

Level 5-8*

  1. You are going to be working on a lapbook on marsupials. You can print the whole lapbook at once, or the pieces will be linked as they are assigned.
  2. Today read the information under “What is a Marsupial?
  3. *Complete these pieces.

Lesson 147

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the What is a Primate piece.
  2. Read The Monkey and the Dolphin.

Level 5-8*

  1. Today read the information about kangaroos.
  2. *Complete these pieces.

Lesson 148

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the Monkey Behavior and Monkey Locations pieces.
  2. You can find information on old and new world monkey locations at the top of the chart here.
  3. Read The Monkey and the Camel.

Level 5-8*

  1. *Complete these pieces.
  2. Refresh your memory on the kangaroo section if you need to.

Lesson 149

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the Monkey Predators and Monkey Diet pieces.
  2. Read The Monkey and the Cat.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read the information on Koalas.
  2. *Complete these pieces.

Lesson 150

Level 1-4*

  1. *Compare and contrast new and old world monkeys.
  2. You can use this chart here.
  3. Take a look at monkey photos. Can you tell which group they belong to?

Level 5-8*

  1. Read the information on opossums.
  2. *Complete these pieces.

Lesson 151

Level 1-4*

  1. *Complete the Monkey Babies and Fun Facts pieces.
  2. Read The Fox and the Monkey.

Level 5-8*

  1. Read about Tasmanian Devils.
  2. *Complete these pieces.

Lesson 152

Level 1-4

  1. How can you tell an ape from a monkey? Read the section on “What is the difference” and stop when you get to the section on Apes.
  2. Monkey idioms  Watch the video. What does it tell us about monkeys that they are used in some of these expressions?

Level 5-8*

  1. Read about Wombats and the rest.
  2. *Complete these pieces.

Lesson 153

Level 1-4(*)

  1. Watch the movie on Jane Goodall.
  2. (*)Present your lapbooks. You can design a cover or print this one.

Level 5-8

  1. Read about Jane Goodall.
  2. (*)Present your lapbooks. You can print this cover or design your own.

Lesson 154

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Maybe you’ve heard or read about people training primates in sign language so that they can communicate.
  2. You can watch the beginning of this video to see a gorilla using sign language.
  3. Try training a primate. You’ll need a sibling or a parent or friend.
  4. Decide on something to train them to do. Something simple like, “Give me the apple.”
  5. You would then design symbols for give, me, and apple. Draw the symbols on separate index cards or pieces of paper.
  6. Get a reward ready, like a pile of chocolate chips. If your “primate” reaches for one, take their hand away.
  7. There is NO TALKING, NO POINTING, NO GESTURING, NO NOISE during the training.
  8. Show the card, say for apple. Then show the apple. Repeat. Give the card to the “primate” and if they pick up the apple, give them a reward in their reward pile. They can’t eat yet.
  9. If they do something wrong, take away a reward from their pile.
  10. Keep training until you can communicate, “Give me the apple.”
  11. Make sure you don’t use my sentence, otherwise your siblings will already know what to do!
  12. Take turns with your siblings training and being trained.

Lesson 155

Level 1-4

  1. Play Copse and Robbers. Make sure to read and follow all of the directions. Play until you finish the game.
  2. Note: If you are on a mobile device, use it in landscape.

Level 5-8

  1. Play Copse and Robbers. Make sure to read and follow all of the directions. Play until you finish the game.
  2. Note: If you are on a mobile device, use it in landscape.

Lesson 156

Level 1-4*/Level 5-8*

  1. You have two weeks to complete a lapbook. You need to compete at least two pieces a day. If the lapbook you choose does not have enough pieces for that, then you will add pieces  you make yourself or do two lapbooks.
  2. *Here is a packet of pieces you can use (levels 1-4) (levels 5-8). Fill in with information you find at the links below. Or you can choose to use the lapbook pieces from those sites.
  3. Choose a lapbook. (Again, you could also make your own lapbook from scratch or another type of project as I described earlier.)

Lesson 157

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Work on your lapbook. Complete at least two pieces a day. Older students should make sure all of their answers are in complete sentences.

Lesson 158

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Work on your lapbook. Complete at least two pieces a day. Older students should make sure all of their answers are in complete sentences.

Lesson 159

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Work on your lapbook. Complete at least two pieces a day. Older students should make sure all of their answers are in complete sentences.

Lesson 160

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Work on your lapbook. Complete at least two pieces a day. Older students should make sure all of their answers are in complete sentences.

Lesson 161

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Work on your lapbook. Complete at least two pieces a day. Older students should make sure all of their answers are in complete sentences.
  2. If you don’t have enough pieces, start another or do some research and make your own.

Lesson 162

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Work on your lapbook. Complete at least two pieces a day. Older students should make sure all of their answers are in complete sentences.

Lesson 163

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Work on your lapbook. Complete at least two pieces a day. Older students should make sure all of their answers are in complete sentences.

Lesson 164

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Work on your lapbook. Complete at least two pieces a day. Older students should make sure all of their answers are in complete sentences.

Lesson 165

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Complete your lapbook.
  2. Add a cover.
  3. Present your lapbook. Show it to your audience. Read it to them. Explain it to them. Answer their questions.
  4. You should know these inside and out. How do these characteristics classify animals?
Lesson 166
Level 1-4*
  1. Your job for the last fifteen days of school is to make a science project. It needs to be related to zoology.
  2. You are going to learn about the science of your topic. You are going to make a 3D project to explain or demonstrate your topic. If you want to make a poster about it, it has to contain 3D elements. On Day 180, you will present your project. You will show it to your family and/or friends and will tell them all about it, explain all about it and demonstrate it.
  3. *If you are able to, conduct an experiment related to your topic. (If you are learning about lions, it would be hard to do an experiment!) If you can, do the experiment in front of the group. If you can’t, explain the experiment and results.  Here is an experiment worksheet you could use.
  4. Today choose a topic and do some research about what experiment you could do.
  5. Here are some zoology science fair project ideas if you would like to look at them:

Level 5-8*

  1. Your job for the last fifteen days of school is to make a science project. It needs to be related to zoology.
  2. You are going to learn about the science of your topic. You are going to make a 3D project to explain or demonstrate your topic. If you want to make a poster about it, it has to contain 3D elements. If you do a project on the computer, you need to create a 3D computer model to go with your project.
  3. For instance, you could make dioramas of different types of habitats.
  4. On Lesson 180 you will present your project. You will show it to your family and/or friends and will tell them all about it, explain all about it and demonstrate it.
  5. You also have to conduct at least one experiment related to your topic or read about experiments done related to your topic and present the experiment as part of your project. You should include the question or hypothesis the scientists started with, how they did the experiment, what data was collected, and what conclusion they were able to come to. Present data in a chart of some kind if you can.
  6. *If you conduct an experiment, present it in written form. You could use the experiment worksheet.
  7. If you use an experiment conducted by others, write a paragraph describing the experiment and the outcome including all of the information required. Include a data chart if applicable.
  8. Today choose a topic and do some research about what experiment you could do or has already been done.
  9. Here are some zoology science fair project ideas if you would like to look at them:
Lesson 167
Level 1-4*
  1. *Do some research and learn your topic. Here are Research Note Taker sheets. Make sure you record where you are getting your information from.
Level 5-8*
  1. *Do some research and learn your topic. Here are Research Note Taker sheets. Make sure you record where you are getting your information from.
Lesson 168
Level 1-4/Level 5-8
  1. Continue your research. Make sure you write down where you get your information from. Copy and paste website addresses into a document and write the websites’ names. Write down any books or magazines and their authors.
Lesson 169
Level 1-4
  1. Continue your research. Is there any expert in the field that you could email and ask questions? That would be a great source of information!
  2. Also, you need to decide how you are going to present what you learned. It must include something that is 3D! What can you build to demonstrate your topic?

Level 5-8

  1. Continue your research. Is there any expert in the field that you could email and ask questions? That would be a great source of information!
  2. When you are done your research, decide on what experiment you are going to do or research what experiments have been done.
  3. Also, you need to decide how you are going to present what you learned. It must include something that is 3D! What can you build to demonstrate your topic?

Lesson 170

Level 1-4

  1. Keep working on your project. Your assignment has four parts: research, 3D project, experiment ?, demonstration

Level 5-8

  1. Keep working on your project. Your assignment has four parts: research, 3D project, experiment (written up), demonstration
Lesson 171
Level 1-4*
  1. *Keep working on your project. Print out the checklist to make sure you are thinking about everything that needs to be done.
Level 5-8*
  1. *Keep working on your project. Print out the checklist to make sure you are thinking about everything that needs to be done.
Lesson 172
Level 1-4/Level 5-8
  1. Keep working on your project. Use your checklist.
  2. Play the Vocabulary review game.
Lesson 173
Level 1-4/Level 5-8
  1. Keep working on your project. Use your checklist.
  2. Play the Vocabulary (ocean edition) review game.
Lesson 174
Level 1-4
  1. Keep working on your project. Use your checklist.
  2. Play Is It a Mammal?

Level 5-8

  1. Keep working on your project. Use your checklist.
  2. Play Invertebrate/Vertebrate.
Lesson 175
Level 1-4/Level 5-8
  1. Keep working.
  2. If you are doing an experiment, make sure you have everything you need for it.
Lesson 176
Level 1-4/Level 5-8
  1. Keep working. You should finish your project tomorrow.
  2. Do your experiment if you have one.
Lesson 177
Level 1-4/Level 5-8
  1. Finish your project.
  2. Write down your experiment. You can use the worksheet or book or type it up. It needs to be displayed with your project. Make it look good!
Lesson 178
Level 1-4/Level 5-8
  1. Use the checklist to make sure you did everything you are supposed to do. On Lesson 179 you will write your bibliography. On Lesson 180 you will present.
  2. Today practice what you will say to explain your project. Write it down if that helps you. Practice saying it out loud.
  3. Read over this grading sheet for presenting a project. You would want to score a 4 for every category. The last one is only if you are working together with siblings.
Lesson 179
Level 1-4/Level 5-8
  1. Write a bibliography to go with your project. If your project is online, add your bibliography to your online project.
  2. Here’s an example.

Lesson 180

Level 1-4/Level 5-8

  1. Present your project and demonstrate your experiment.
  2. Add pictures of your project, anything you wrote and your bibliography to your portfolio.

Congratulations, You’re done!

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Fossils are a great embarrassment to evolutionary theory and offer strong support for the concept of creation. — Dr. Gary Parker, Ph.D., Biologist/Paleontologist and former evolutionist

The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however reasonable, not the evidence of fossils. — Stephen Jay Gould, Former Professor of Geology and Paleontology at Harvard University

Nine-tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense, not founded on observation and wholly unsupported by facts. This museum is full of proofs of the utter falsity of their views. In all this great museum, there is not a particle of evidence of the transmutation of species. — Dr. Etheridge, senior paleontologist of the British Museum of Natural History

To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree. — Charles Darwin in The Origin of Specieshttps://allinonehomeschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Zoology-L-Lesson-71.pdf