Saturday, February 20, 2016

Apologia: Zoology 1 - Lesson 2

As much as I love Apologia science (and I REALLY do!), this book (Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day) is a bit of a challenge to plan around.  Why?  Because there are quite a few months when insects are scarce (winter) and when they are not, the birds are scarce from our feeders.  So, I have had to plan accordingly.  Right now, we are back in the full study of birds, as we rarely see insects, and these hungry birds are visiting our deck around the clock.  If you've been following along with our Apologia studies, there is your explanation.  Now, let's talk about what we did with Lesson 2 in this text!
First, let me share this picture of my favorite little ornithologist!  
With this lesson, we have learned about the benefits of birds, what makes a bird a bird, and how to identify different species of birds from one another.  We have also learned about bird calls and songs, as well as other behaviors.
Here, Maggie is using our large ruler and the text to see the length of popular birds from the tips of their bills to the ends of their tails.
Next, we set up a "bird box" at our back windows, for Maggie to do her observation and research, complete with a bird field guide, a notebook, pencils, and binoculars.
One of the first things we did with our bird box materials was complete a list in our notebooking journal of all of the birds that visit our yard.
Mags spotted a cardinal!
He is gorgeous!
Here is her completed sheet!
Next, we completed a bird map, labeling all the parts of a bird with a bird key she designed.
Looks great, Mags!
Here are a few more notebook activities that we did.  (I LOVE Apologia!)
For some extra work on bird calls and songs, we read this Sing, Nightingale, Sing! book and CD by Francoise de Guibert, a book I picked up from my Usborne consultant (you can get it at  We paid close attention to the sounds the birds that frequent our backyard make.
Next, it was time for an experiment to see which food our backyard birds prefer!  We took two of the same types of feeder and filled one with black oil sunflower seed ...
... and the other with safflower seed.
We placed both of them in the same area on our deck.
Then, we observed.  Here is a visitor to the safflower seed ...
... and here are two to the black oil sunflower seed.  Maggie's hypothesis was that the black oil sunflower seed would be the preferred food.
One day later, and here is a picture of our black oil sunflower seed feeder (almost half gone) ...
... and here is a picture of the feeder with the safflower seed (still full)!
Maggie's hypothesis proved correct!  Here is her experimentation sheet!
Birds are so fun!


  1. I love her very colorful bird! Your popular feeder is grand. We have a small creek behind our house and I can't hang out a feeder because it attracts RATS! UGH! Can you imagine? So disgusting. :-(

  2. We are getting ready to use this Apologia book/notebook for our second grade year. Looks fun!