Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fish Files

Lesson 6 of Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day is all about "Fish," mainly bony fishes.
In it, we learned about the three main kinds of fishes, the characteristics of bony fishes, gills, and fish shape.  Later on in the lesson, we talked about fish defenses, buoyancy, and fish senses.  We also talked about spawning and the life cycle of a fish.  We used our notebooking journal to record what we learned.
 This is a fish of Maggie's own design, the yellow-bellied coral fish.  It is orange to easily camouflage itself in coral reefs for catching prey.
 I just love the fun journaling activities, like this page with the pull-up facts about fish!
After we read about schools of fish in our text, we read a fun article in our September 2014 issue of Ranger Rick magazine, called "Good Reasons to Stay in Schools," by Kathy Kranking (pages 14-19).  (We love Ranger Rick!)
Here are some great photos from that article.
The article also led us to a video featuring sailfish attacking a school of fish at http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Video-Schooling.aspx (also at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeVeQ8cS5wA#action=share, seen below).
In our reading we learned about a fish with a unique shape, the seahorse!  We followed it with a reading of Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle.
Here is a short National Geographic video of a male seahorse giving birth to thousands of its young (found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_nEA3dtOZs).  Maggie loved it!
For Christmas, Mags got a nice microscope from her grandparents for her science studies.  They also bought her all of the accessories, including some prepared slides.  We noticed there was a slide of a goldfish scale.  Perfect!
Science is so fun!
This is a goldfish scale, up close, as best as I could photograph it.  It reminded us of the rings of a tree trunk.  Scales grow bigger as the fish grows larger.  As they grow, they form rings called circuli.  This is what we were able to see in the microscope, the circuli!  Cool!
We decided to try our hand at Gyotaku (the Japanese art of fish printing) to record in our study of scales in our notebook.  We went to our local grocery store, got a filet of rainbow trout, and set out to paint it for our print.  (Our cats were very excited about this project, too!)
We just needed a thin layer of paint.
It's not for you, kitties!
Maggie's Gyotaku!  You can see the tiny scales through the strokes of paint.
Later, in our study of the life cycle of a fish, we watched this video from Discovery Channel on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DqjsWsY8-g) about the salmon's journey.
Then, we mapped their journey online and recreated our own map for our notebooking journal.
(We did a study years ago about salmon at http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/search/label/Salmon. It features some fun salmon art that you can make for your journals.  Here is a picture, below, of Maggie's salmon art from that post.  She was so tiny!)
Finally, it was time to add fish to our ocean box, our ongoing project for this curriculum.
Daddy helped!  He gave his fish a gnarly jaw!
Just baked and ready to be added!
It's filling up!  We are so proud of it!
 Maggie's flounder, with both eyes on the top!
 Maggie's eel, hiding in a rock bed.  (The glue later dried clear.)
We also visited The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on Dauphin Island, Alabama.  We snapped these pictures of Mags near the larger fish tank.
Next science post up?  Sharks and rays!  Stay tuned!

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