Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
My son was excited when I told him that we'll be sorting out animals into their classification. This was his long awaited activity and he was so happy that we get to finally do it (my cards were completed).
So after our talk about the Animal Kingdom and how the classification of the Vertebrate animals differ, I gave him our Vertebrate Sorting Cards to classify each of the animals in the card based on their group.
This was an activity that he enjoyed the most. Now my observation is that he gets confused at times between reptiles and amphibians. So what I did was we talk more about their differences. We watched videos of frogs, snakes, iguanas and chameleons so he can understand why these confusing animals belong to amphibians and reptiles.
We did this activity a couple of times as he really really likes sorting them.
Then he worked on this activity again only using his animal figures.
This is one great activity for a child who develops a love for animals or who is on a stage that is obsessing with animals. For the materials that were used in this activity we have:
The Vertebrate Sorting Cards
Safari Toobs animals figures (reptiles, fish, birds, amphibians and mammals) which I purchased here:
Schleich for the Dinosaurs which I also purchased here:
The next activity is learning the life cycles of these animals according to their group. Exciting!
Here are the materials we have been using so far:
- 6 pictures of amphibians
- 6 pictures of reptiles
- 6 pictures of fish
- 6 pictures of birds
- 6 pictures of mammals
- master control chart
- definition for each animal classification
- The Animal Kingdom MASTER Chart in A4 SIZE
- Chart with pictures only (no labels) in A4 SIZE
- Chart with labels only in A4 SIZE
- Chart with no pictures and labels in A4 SIZE
- 15 cards with pictures and labels to form the chart
- 15 cards with pictures and no labels (for 3 part card use)
- 15 label cards (for 3 part card use)
- Matching definition cards
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Friday, April 25, 2014
To continue my previous post on flowers... here are the other activities we tried:
Flower Addition and Equation Matching. In this activity, I printed out addition cards using flower heads. The purpose of this activity is to match the addition cards with the proper equation in addition.
Flower Pattern Matching. I made some tricky patterns and printed it twice for Mavi to match. This can be also be played as a memory game.
Math Addition. Using the flowers we created in my previous post, we played a game of guess the total number of flowers using the flower equation cards that I made. I showed him an equation and he had to "stick" the correct number of flowers in the playdough for the answer.
Parts of a Plant. We made a model of a plant using the flowers and popsicle sticks. I made him identify the parts. I took out our Parts of a Plant Nomenclature and Booklet material for him to read and check his work. The plant version you see below is my work.
You can the Plant Nomenclature and Booklet by clicking the image below.
And here is Mavi's version. He wrote the labels on his own.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Because my Facebook page has reached a thousand likers.... I am giving this super cute Bird Unit Pack for all my readers! But wait! There's more! This is only the first part... the second part of the file will be published and again will be given away for free in the next few days so keep coming back for updates.
So to all my readers thank you! Your comments and personal messages meant so much to me. It inspires me as much as my blog inspires you! Cheers to everyone!
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Hi everyone! There are lots of daffodils growing in the yard and Mavi has been constantly picking them up for his "collection". So to make use of the flowers I pulled out our flower nomenclature cards and told him that he will need to dissect the daffodils to learn about its part.
Since we did this activity a few years ago, he was so excited to do it again. Kids love to do this! I know how dreadful it is to learn about the parts of a flower (with all those weird names). But if you get to this activity with your kids, with a tactile activity, they will definitely learn faster and the retention is much better.
As we dissect the daffodil, I would ask him questions like "how does the petals feel like?", "why do you think that some flowers are yellow some are red?". As we go along, I also discuss the functions of each parts. He mentioned that his favorite parts are the petals and the stamens because according to him, these makes the flower look beautiful.
If you are interested, you can this Parts of the Flower and Definition booklet by clicking the image below:
Afterwhich we read our book How Flowers Grow and look at the pictures of the different kinds of flowers around the world.
I was also inspired to make flowers in popsicle sticks. I love how these flowers turned out! You can place them in a vase and stick them using a playdough or clay :)
In our case, we found a purpose for these flowers in our math activity which I will talk about in my next post, so stay tuned!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Hello everyone! Mavi is still on a school break this week so we'll be busy doing lots of "home" school activities. Thank goodness the weather is getting warmer, Mavi gets to play in the yard, digging dirt and "fossils" LOL.
Speaking of which, he's currently obsessed with dinosaurs and in animals in general. So while he's at it, I took the chance of introducing to him the Animal Kingdom. I released this file last week so if you want to check it out, just click the image below for the link.
To start with, here's my presentation of the chart. In my printable file, there are 8 invertebrate animals and I used common animals so kids learning them can easily identify the specific group. The presentation of the chart to Mavi went smoothly. He was really surprised that there are animals that doesn't have a backbone.
As we go along with the presentation, I made him the definition/fact cards that goes along with each of the animal. I made sure that the information I wrote in those cards were interesting enough for a 5 year old :) We will further discuss Mollusks and Arthropods in the next few weeks for an additional knowledge of their subclass (group types).
He learned that some animals can be both a boy and a girl! And look, we added some animal figures as well and that includes jelly worms!
When we reached to the Chordates (Vertebrates) he got really excited as this was the part that he's familiar with.
He was so excited because he wanted to put his animals figure under each subclass of the Vertebrate animals LOL.
And yes... that includes the dinosaurs!
So classifying animals on what subclass (amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds and fish) they belong is another activity that we delve into. And that would be on my next post... so stay tuned!
PS. I was a little bit hesitant introducing this subject to Mavi. But I was surprised that he was attentive all throughout our lesson. He even patiently read all the description cards for me. I am happy that he was able to grasp the concept immediately, that not all animals are the same, that they are grouped so we can easily identify their features and understand their characteristics and uniqueness.Follow Pinay Homeschooler's board Zoology Unit on Pinterest.
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