Monday, November 06, 2006

Science this week

We're knee deep in animals -- from icky, ooey-gooey ones to soft and cuddly kittens.

They aren't here in person (or would that be "in animal"?) but rather in the form of our delving into the classification of living things.

As a frugal homeschooler, I love to find things on the internet that work for us. Here are a few resources we've used so far as we explore a cyber menagerie:

  • A basic introductory page, helpful for Betsy. This site also has facts and interactive quizzes on protozoa, sponges, jellyfish, worms, insects, mollusks, echinoderms, chordates, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. See a quiz example here.
  • Online Learning Haven has a nice page, but doesn't get as detailed as we'd like. Still, this is a nice little chart as an introduction to the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates.
  • Science NetLinks also has some good ideas for Betsy's age group (grades 3-5.)
I also stocked up on library books, which I'll post about later. For now, though, I'll share the one that (although I got it for Ramona) made us all laugh out loud last night. If you've ever read Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin, you'll fully appreciate the humor in Diary of a Worm, by the same author.

Happy classifying!


Jennifer said...

Thanks for the links. We've been focusing on classification this fall as well.

Leonie said...

Lots of good links - I love internet resources!

Diane said...

Oh, how I love it when my friends do all of the work for me. Thanks for sharing, Karen.