Thursday, September 15, 2016

Social Insects

I just realized that I never blogged about Lesson 11 of our Apologia Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day ("Social Insects") even though we did it ages ago.  I can't remember every little thing we did to supplement the already great suggestions in the text and notebooking journal, but I do remember we set up an ant farm for Mags to observe.  (Here is Maggie with her Daddy, getting our ants ready for their new home!)
 She loved this!
 They got right to work making tunnels!
We also did a lot with social insects in three of our Five in a Row studies, Truman's Aunt FarmThe Bee Tree, and They Were Strong and Good.  In Truman's Aunt Farm, found at http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2014/11/trumans-aunt-farm.html, we did many things that you could use to supplement your Apologia lesson.  We did ant math ...
... labeled the parts of an ant ...
... completed this ant hill maze ...
... learned about the life cycle of an ant ...
... made an ant hill cake for us to eat ...
 ... and an ant picnic for them to eat!  (Click on the link above to learn more and find the resources we used for these projects.)
We had a great time learning about ants!  In The Bee Tree, found at http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-bee-tree.html, we visited a live hive to see the bees at work ...
 ... we made a delicious recipe using honey ...
... we drew hexagons ...
... we made hexagon art ...
... we found products made with beeswax ...
 ... we investigated a piece of honeycomb ...
... and we made hive art.
(For this piece, we used Honeycomb cereal and a scrapbooking page to complete it.  Maggie even drew in bee eggs and larvae in the tiny hexagon cells.)
It was a lot of fun!  In They Were Strong and Good, found at http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2015/03/they-were-strong-and-good.html, we made hexagons on our geoboard and watched a couple of great videos about honey collecting.
I apologize for not making this post much sooner.  I don't know how it got by me.  Happy studying!

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