Showing posts with label zoology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label zoology. Show all posts

Introducing Toddlers to Animals in Land, Water and Air

Saturday, August 6, 2016

I had two presentations for the land, water and air animals.  I first showed Vito what’s land, water and air animals.  We worked with action songs to demonstrate how animals move in land, water and air.  After I presented the pictures and the trays, Vito sorted out the animal figures I prepared for him.

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Animals and their Covers

Monday, August 1, 2016

My boys love animal covers!  We used this whenever we want to play around with or beautiful animals from Schleich or whenever Mavi wants to replicate them through drawing.

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The Animal Kingdom Revisited

Saturday, February 27, 2016

No school for Mavi means brainstorming for future activities. He opened up lately that he wanted to study about animals again, so I took out our cards on The Animal Kingdom and checked what else we missed and haven’t explored yet.  He reviewed the cards and sorted out the things that he wanted to learn this year.  He picked arthropods, starfish and jellyfish! Yay, something new!DSC_0263

Learning about Reptiles: Snakes

Monday, November 2, 2015

Snakes

If you are in the UK or Ireland, you must have heard of Steve Backshall and his animal shows like the Deadly 60.  Mavi is obsessed with Steve, due to his witty and pleasant hosting of the show. You can learn about it here.  Now, going back, he’s been featuring reptiles lately, mostly how dinosaurs evolved into crocodiles, birds,  snakes etc. 

What are Reptiles?  We learned from our previous study of the Vertebrate animals that REPTILES have a covering of bony plates or scales.  They vary in sizes and shapes and include forms like snakes, alligators, crocodiles, turtles and lizards.  Reptiles make their homes in great variety of places .

In this post, I will be focusing on snakes, as Mavi and I had a brief discussion about them a few days ago.  This is the book we’ve got of Steve Backshall and we used it as a reference.  We had a few snake figures from Safari Ltd Reptiles TOOB .

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Books.  These are the books of Steve Backshall we borrowed from the library.  Youcan check them out here:Steve Backshall's Deadly 60  

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Characteristics of Snakes (things we learned):

  • Snakes’ coverings are dry with perfectly dry scales, they are not slimy.
  • A snake’s tongue is a sense organ, just like an insect’s antennae.  Therefore, when a snake thrusts its tongue, it is simply trying to find out about its surroundings and what is going on.
  • They are the only creatures that can swallow objects larger than themselves.  This is because they have elastic body walls.
  • Snakes have an extra bone hinging the upper to the lower jaw, which allows them to spread widely when swallowing an object.
  • The noiseless and graceful movement of the snake is brought about by the crosswise plates of the snake’s body that is connected to the ends of its ribs.

    Life Cycle of a Snake

    This life cycle material is for FREE and you can download it from my SCIENCE PRINTABLE PAGE.

    So we looked into the process of how snakes give birth.  We also learned that NOT ALL SNAKES GIVE BIRTH BY PRODUCING EGGS. ANACONDAs give birth to their young!

    Snakes Around the World

    So I gathered a list of snakes and we looked at them over the internet.  I didn’t produce any printable file as the images are all copyrighted.  But I provided the link below on where you can find them, and see how they look like or learn about their habitats.

    • Ribbon Snake [wiki]
    • Coral Snake [wiki]
    • Rubber Boa  [link]
    • Rough Green Snake  [link]
    • Timber Rattler  [link]
    • Desert Gopher Snake [link]
    • Ring Necked Snake [link]
    • Sidewinder or Horned Rattlesnake  [link]
    • Pike Headed Tree Snake  [link]
    • Pilot Black Snake [link]
    • Copperhead Snake [link]
    • Southern Hognose Snake [link]
    • California Lyre Snake [link]
    • Water Moccasin [link]
    • Gray Pilot Snake [link]

    You might also be interested in these amazing Snake Units:

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  • Investigating Animal Tracks and {Learn & Play Link Up}

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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    Animal tracks

    We are continuing on our study of animal identification and learning more about their characteristics.  After watching Deadly 60 series of Steve Backshall, we discovered that you can also identify animals by the tracks they make!   So we used our favourite Schleich animal figures to test this.  We randomly dipped the animals in the black paint and freely made tracks. Vito’s helping as well!

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    The tracks and trails an animal leaves can tell us the type of animals it is and whether it was walking or running, and you can also tell if it was by itself or with a group of other animals.

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    Footprints of animals are very tricky to identify unlike that of humans! But by thorough investigation, you can tell if the animal is hoofed or with paws or toes.  To learn about the footprints of these animals, one must have a proper observation for these unique characteristics.

    Animal tracks to note:

    • Did the animals walk on 2 or 4 feet?
    • Does the animal left a large or small track?
    • Was it walking or running?
    • Was it just one animal or followed by another?

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    Using our printable and the actual tracks, Mavi grouped the animals according to the characteristics of their footprints:

    • Raccoon and bear have 4 toes front and 5 toes rear, they have claws.
    • Dog, fox and wolf have 4 toes front, 5 toes rear and produces an egg shaped track
    • Lion, lynx produces a round track with claws, 4 toes front and 5 toes rear
    • Deer, elk have heart shaped tracks and has 4 toes front and 5 toes rear

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    And the highlight of this lesson is for them to see how their footprints look like!

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    Materials Used: 

    Thank you for taking time to read this post!  You might as well visit our Zoo Animal Tracks post for another activity that involves playdough. It’s a not as messy as black paint Open-mouthed smile

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    Welcome to the Learn & Play Link Party!
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    Classifying Vertebrate Animals

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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    I love unplanned activities.  Mavi would always resort to this activity whenever he’s bored on Fridays (swimming lessons were moved on Saturdays).  I like that he can do this activity independently, while learning the important characters of animals that belong in each group.

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    I believe that it is important for the child to have a clear and defined idea of the classes of the animal kingdom and its division.  What’s important to me is to have him gain the knowledge with this activity rather than reading and memorizing the difference in books. 

    Just by looking at the animal cards or the figures it is obvious that birds differ from fish or that the turtles differ from mammals because only mammals nourished their young by milk through the breast of the mother.

    So this is what I usually do, we either work on picture cards as seen above, or work using our basket of animal figures and have Mavi sort them as he describes why that animal belongs to mammals, fish, birds, reptiles or amphibians.  This is a wonderful activity on rainy days or winter!  How fascinating that my son is glued every time he does this.

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    Easy to prepare yet fun to perform!

    Animal figures used are from Schliech and Safari toob.  The cards are from Vertebrate Sorting Cards file.

    Don’t forget to PIN this for future reference!

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    FREE Zoo Animals Matching Cards

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Vito is 22 months

    Vito is in to matching these days! Whenever he sees an object that has a match on books, he would immediately get it and put it together.  We started matching activities earlier with our Farm Animal Activities, and since we moved to zoo animals, I also created a set of matching cards for our figures (all Schleich images).  So far we’re only using the tiger, jaguar, alligator, hippopotamus, elephant and lion figures.

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    The basket is setup in our shelf, and he loves to work on it in the morning. He would help himself by setting up the rug and work on his matching activity.

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    If you’d like to own a copy, click on any of the images or here. Enjoy!

    The Annelids: Earthworms and {Learn & Play Link Up}

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    We’ve been seeing worms a lot lately in the yard. And I have to be honest here, I never really liked them!  In fact, I am terrified of worms! But the boys seem to be pretty amused with these creatures.  So while we are seeing them around in the garden, I took out our earthworm life cycle figures for us to explore (which my Aunt brought when they came here to visit).

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    Before heading to the life cycle of worms, Mavi and I read about earthworms on the net. Here are some facts that we found fascinating about worms!
  • There 6,000 species of worms worldwide!
  • They breathe through skin as they have no lungs.
  • They are both male and female, which means they produce sperm and eggs.  This is known as hermaphrodites.
  • They need water to survive. When the worm’s skin dried out, they will die.
  • Earthworms are mostly 90% made up of water. Wow! Now, I made this materials, similar to my Animal Life Cycle learning resources.  I love this approach as Mavi can retain so much information on presenting the life cycle this way.

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    You can download a copy of the Worm Life Cycle here.

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    And because I can’t take earthworms indoors nor conduct a hands-on learning on earthworms anatomy, we used our worm figure instead to examine the parts of an earthworm.    Click here for a copy of the Worm Nomenclature Cards.
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    And because I wanted to integrate Vito into our activities, we made some wormy meal (unhealthy!).  I made Vito hammer a few Oreo cookies… and use it as soil.
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    Then we added some wormy jellies for everyone to feast on!
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    Complete Insect Study Guide

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    We just concluded our study of insects and oh boy, both Mavi and Vito had a wonderful time learning all about these creatures!  We’re having zoology for this month (12 Months of Montessori Series) and I’m going to give you a complete guide on how to study insects with your kids.

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    What is Insect?
    Start your unit study by learning what is an insect. Put it simply as, it is an animal that has 6 legs with segmented bodies. And yes please, spiders are definitely NOT insects.  Now for the Mavi to have a wider understanding of this subject, I put up a sorting activity of the 4 major groups of the Arthropods.  Since we've done this last year, Mavi has a prior knowledge of the difference between insects and spiders.  He got confused with the crab though, if its either arachnids or crustaceans LOL.  Initially he placed it in the Arachnids Smile  These animal figures were from Safari Toob Insects and Insect Lore.

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    The Life Cycle of an Insect
    Now after learning about the animals that belong to the insect family,  we looked into the life cycles of an insect.  Here we talked about the insects that undergo “complete metamorphosis” and those with “incomplete metamorphosis”.  Note complete metamorphosis means, it has the stages of: egg-larva-pupa-adult. 

    Materials here are Insect Lore Life Cycle of Butterfly and Ladybug

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    Parts of an Insect 
    We also learned about the different parts of an insect. I have a separate post on this one.  To read, click the image below or here.Parts of an Insect PIN

    Insect Habitats and Bug Hunting
    I created guides on hunting insects in different habitats.  We have insects found in woodlands (in the forest), those found rivers and lakes, the ones found everywhere and in the meadows/fields.  We used these guides as we go “bug hunting”.

    Insect Study Guide
    We were able to catch a few insects like ladybird (escaped from our net after a few hours), this unidentified insect in the outdoor stairs and ants.
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    Vito was fascinated with ants! He also had a separate insect study (made for little toddlers only). 
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    Previous Post on Insects

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