Thursday, September 8, 2016

Flying Reptiles

In Lesson 8 of our Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day, we learned about pterosaurs, Greek for "winged lizard."
I wanted to add a few pictures of her notebook elements before I posted about the supplemental stuff we did for this lesson.  We LOVE this curriculum!
In our study of these fascinating creatures, I added in a fun book, The Usborne Big Book of Big Dinosaurs by Alex Frith.
They have a great illustration of the many types of these winged reptiles in this book!
For a fun craft, we attempted to make the clothespin pterosaur we saw at http://projectinfluenza.blogspot.com/2012/08/clothespin-pterosaur.html using a few clothespins and some hot glue.  The instructions were vague on the site, but I just sat with my glue gun and stack of clothespins and followed each illustration on the screen until we managed to get it together.  I think it turned out so cute!
 Maggie drew and colored a fish to stick in its beak.  I guess she decided it was a rhamphorynchoid, a pterosaur with large teeth for catching slippery fish!  The fossils of these guys look so gnarly!
 She was quite proud of it and made us reenact the catching of her fish with his long beak!
Next, we made cute paper pterosaurs for our journals as seen at https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/32/c4/7e/32c47e3779af8afabb165e704f3bc8e9.jpg, using colored cardstock, scissors, glue, colored pencils, bits of yarn, and googly eyes.  They were precious!  (Again, there were no instructions at this site, just a picture, so we just copied the pieces and put them together.)
 We named them "Terry" ...
 ... and "Sawyer" (say them together, "Terry-Sawyer," and they almost sound like "pterosaur").  We glued these into our notebook, too.
We love Apologia!

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