Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the 5th Day (Apologia Science Young Explorers)

by Jeannie Fulbright Author

(From Amazon): In this book, your children will begin exploring the dynamics of flight and animal classification, understanding why the design we see in these incredible creatures points us to our Creator God. Then, get ready for the exciting adventure of learning about birds. Your children will learn how to attract various bird species to your yard and identify them by looking at their special physical characteristics, diverse nests, & interesting domestic practices. They will also learn the anatomy and the glorious design that enables birds to do remarkable things. The text contains actual experiments on the preferences and habits of the birds your children see. These experiments further enrich the learning experience. After becoming amateur ornithologists, your children will explore the world of chiropterology, which is the study of bats. They will be able to intelligently share with others the value of bats in our world while exposing the misconceptions that most people have regarding these docile creatures of the night. Your children will then investigate entomology, the study of insects. They will learn to scientifically classify insects they find in their yard by a simple glance at their wings and other important characteristics. In addition to designing experiments with flies, crickets, darkling moths, and caterpillars, they will also learn how to attract and catch insects for scientific study. When your children complete this study of zoology, they will never view nature in the same way again. Their eyes will be open to the different species that live in their midst, enjoying and understanding nature to the fullest. Vacations will become educational experiences as they notice birds and insects inhabiting the areas they visit. By learning to keep a field journal, they will notice unusual circumstances or sudden increases in bird or insect populations. They will become true scientists as they come to know nature and the fascinating world that God created. Grades K-6.


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In Print
Suggested Grades
Early Years - 6th
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  • 1-1 What is Zoology: Classification, Latin
  • 1-2 What is Zoology: Latin, Binomial Nomenclature
  • 1-3 Flight, Uplifting Pressure
  • 1-4 Lab #1: Pg 7 How air pressure works
  • 1-5 Airfoil, Drag
  • 1-6 Pg 9 Creating a Scientific Notebook
  • 1-7 Lab #2: Pg 10-12 Experimenting with Glider Design
  • 1-8 Habitats & Instinct
  • 1-9 Extinction & Extinction errors
  • 1-10 Lesson 1 Review & Activities (Pg 18-20)
  • 2-1 Project: Build a seed feeder & hang it (pg 37)
  • 2-2 What Makes a Bird a Bird? / Birdwatching / Benefits of birds. Make "Smart Suet" on Pg 39
  • 2-3 Project: Build a suet feeder & hang it (pg 38-39)
  • 2-4 Identifying birds, field guides, field marks
  • 2-5 Wings, Crests, Passerines, size, field guide practice
  • 2-6 Bird behavior, habitats, banter, songs and calls
  • 2-7 Nature walk for birdwatching (Pg 32)
  • 2-8 Claims to territory, purpose of calls, other communication
  • 2-9 Bird banding & lesson 2 review / Nature points & Notebook activities (pg 36-37)
  • 2-10 Lab #3: Pg 39 Experiment: Which food do the birds prefer?
  • 3-1 Birds of a Feather, feather facts, molting
  • 3-2 Feather features
  • 3-3 Notebook: Copy diagrams of types of feathers, color and put in your notebook
  • 3-4 Contour feathers & Try this (pg 47), Down feathers
  • 3-5 Semiplume feathers, Filoplume feathers, Bristles
  • 3-6 Preening, Try this (pg 50)
  • 3-7 Cormorants, Feather color, Birdbaths, Sunbathing
  • 3-8 Lesson 3 review & Notebook activites. Dry a large chicken bone for lesson 4.
  • 3-9 Lab #4: Pg 55 Build a birdbath
  • 3-10 Lab #5: Pg 55 Experiment: The best bird bath
  • 4-1 Facts about flying, Try this (Pg 57), Mighty muscles
  • 4-2 Takeoff, steering, flapping and gliding
  • 4-3 Soaring, Seabirds, Explain what you have learned about flight muscles & birds in flight.
  • 4-4 Migration, Why do they say goodbye?, Knowing where to go, Try this (pg 63)
  • 4-5 Using landmarks, sun & stars, Magnetic fields
  • 4-6 Enough eating, are we there yet?, Champion migrator
  • 4-7 Perils on the path, how high can you go
  • 4-8 Flocks or loners, Left alone, Explain migration in your own words.
  • 4-9 REVIEW: Pg. 70-71, Nature points, Notebook activities: Create a migration map
  • 4-10 Lab #6: Pg 72 Which color do birds prefer?
  • 5-1 Nesting home builders, types of nests
  • 5-6 Unusual nests, weavers. Draw each type of nest for your notebook.
  • 5-2 No nests, ground & mound nesters. Draw each type of nest for your notebook.
  • 5-3 Earth-hole nesters, cavity nesters. Draw each type of nest for your notebook.
  • 5-4 Platform nesters, Cup nesters, Try this (pg 83). Draw each type of nest for your notebook.
  • 5-5 Egg Color, lesson review. Complete drawings for notebook. Nature walk if time allows.
  • 5-7 Lab #8: Pg 86 Gather/prep materials to build a birdhouse.
  • 5-8 Lab #8: Pg 86-87 Build a birdhouse Day 1
  • 5-9 Lab #8: Pg 86-87 Build a birdhouse Day 2
  • 5-10 Lab #8: Pg 86-87 Build a birdhouse Day 3
  • 6 Lesson 6: Matching and Hatching: Showcase/Helpful Mates/Single Parents
  • 7 L6: Exceptional Eggs/Clutch/Incubation/Development in the Egg/Egg Tooth
  • 8 L6: Baby Birds, Precocial Birds, WDY Remember?, Nature Points, Notebook, Exper't
  • 9 L7: Bats: Keystone Bats/Bat Anatomy/Echolocation/Creation Confirmation
  • 10 L7: Microbats, What Big Ears You Have/Megabats/Bat Habitats/Guano
  • 11 L7: Winter Homes, Breeding, The Nursery, WDY Remember?, Notebook, Project
  • 12 L8: Flying Reptiles: Pterosaurs, Pterosaurs in History, Types of Pterosaurs
  • 13 L8: Pterosaur Lifestyle, Powered Flight, Other Pterosaur Lifestyle Issues, WDYR, Actv
  • 14 L9: A First Look at Insects: Identifying Insects, What Good are They?, Cold-blooded
  • 15 L9: Exoskeleton, Molting, Insect Heads, Insect Eyes, Antennae
  • 16 L9: Mouths, Thorax, The Abdomen, WDY Remember?, Nature Points, Notebook
  • 17 L10: Insect Life Cycles and LifeStyles: Finding a Mate, Metamorphosis
  • 18 L10: Complete Metamorphosis, Incomplete Metamorphosis, More Incomplete Metam.
  • 19 L10: Insect LifeStyles, Crypsis, Advertisement, Mimicry
  • 20 L10: Trickery, Chemical Defense, Creation Confirmation
  • 21 L10: Bites and Stings, WDY Remember?, Nature Points, Notebook, Projects, Exper.
  • 22 L11: Social Insects: Hymenoptera, Worker Ant Jobs, Ant Talk, Ant Food
  • 23 L11: The Ant Shepherds and Farmers, The Honeybee, Royal Food, The Queen Bee
  • 24 L11: Worker Bees, Dancing Bees, Flower Power, Making Honey
  • 25 L11: Bumblebees, Wasps, Termites, Creation Confirmation
  • 26 L11: Ants Versus Termites, WDY Remember?, Nature Points, Notebook, Project
  • 27 L12: Beetles, Flies, and True Bugs: Beetle Behaviour, Both Beneficial and Pesky
  • 28 L12: Scarab Beetles, Fireflies/Lightning Bugs, Ladybugs, Flies
  • 29 L12: Mosquitoes, True Bugs, WDY Remember?, Nature Points, Notebook, Experiment
  • 30 L13: Interesting Insects: Praying Mantises, Dragonflies and Damselflies, Winging It
  • 31 L13: Seeing More Than Double, Feeding on the Fly, Water Babies
  • 32 L13: Crickets, Grasshoppers, and Katydids/Hearing Legs and Abdomens
  • 33 L13: Chomp and Chew, Swarming, Leg Power,Differences Among Crickets/Gr/Katydids
  • 34 L13: Dangers and Defense, Looking for Members of Order Orthoptera
  • 35 L13: Aphids, Cicadas, Creation Confirmation, WDY Remember?, Nature Points
  • 36 L14: Order Lepidoptera: Creation Confirmation, Lep Anatomy, Antennae
  • 37 L14: Drinking Straws, Thorax, Migration, More Metamorphosis
  • 38 L14: Cocoon, Chrysalis, What's the Difference?
  • 39 L14: Home Sweet Home, Butterfly Pets, Notebook Activities, Experiment

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