Thursday, February 1, 2018


We just wrapped Lesson 8 of Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day by Jeannie Fulbright, entitled, "Ungulates."  That means we are halfway done with this course.  I can say with all honesty that besides teaching the Bible to Maggie, this science series has been the most fun to learn and teach of all of our studies.  We both love science and this elementary series is not only informative and enjoyable, it gives glory to God and I cannot recommend it enough.

So ... on to the lesson!  "What exactly are 'ungulates'?" you ask.  Now, I can tell you!  Ungulates are the hoofed animals.  In this lesson, we studied the ungulates with an odd number of toes.
To record all that we're learning, we use the Junior Zoology 3 Notebooking Journal for this course.  (We will switch to the regular journal in the fall when we start Anatomy.)
I love this record of all of her little notes and drawings.  (She loves it, too!)
The first odd-toed ungulate we studied was the elephant (my favorite), a pachyderm (Greek for "thick-skinned"), from Order Proboscidea.  In this order are the African bush elephant, African forest elephant, Asian elephant, wooly mammoth, and mastodon.  We spotted this African bush elephant at Zoo Atlanta, using its trunk to grab a snack. 
Lately with these posts, I've been trying to add in past projects that we did that could apply to these science lessons for those of you with younger children.  In sorting through those past posts, I came across this elephant handprint art we made when we were learning letters.  This would be a great addition to a younger sibling's journal.  (That post can be found at
At that same post, we made this elephant E ...
... as well as "Elephant Stompers."  (I recommend larger cans for this activity.  The larger, the safer.  It is hard to balance on small ones.  These were 15-ounce cans and she was very wobbly.)
Back to this lesson, we watched the "Elephant Walk" episode of The Cat in the Hat Know a Lot About That! on YouTube at, below.  It's about how elephants use their trunks in many ways.  Unfortunately, this video from YouTube has other episodes from the series on it as well, so you have to skip ahead to find this one.  The "Elephant Walk" episode starts at minute 12:00.
We also completed the elephant picture out of this Paint by Sticker: Kids: Zoo Animals sticker book.
Here is Mags, working.
They always turn out great!  These get added into her journal.
When planning this lesson, I recalled a poem about an elephant that I love and decided to dig it up.  It is the "Investigating" poem out of Shel Silverstein's Every Thing On It.
It reads:


Professor Shore, from Memphis State,
Decided to investigate
Just how the elephant's tail was tied
Onto the elephant's leathery hide.
Well, while he was investigating,
Something happened, so nauseating
And so disgusting that I fear it
Just might make you sick to hear it.
So let's just say Professor Shore
Doesn't investigate tails no more.
(You'll find surprises happen mostly
When we investigate too closely.)

I adore Shel Silverstein.  After giggling over his poem, we put together the little origami elephant from this "Easy, Fold-by-Number Wild Animals" origami kit by Yasutomo.  (We purchased the kit at Hobby Lobby.)
This got stapled into her journal, too.
Next, we learned about the animals in order Perissodactyla, which include horses, donkeys, rhinos, and tapirs.

For your younger set, I recall a horse we put together once, using a wrapping paper tube, a paper bag, and yarn.  (That post is at
She loved playing with it.
... and painted the stripes on a zebra using a marble and black paint at  (I highly recommend marble painting!  It is so much fun!  We did this activity when we studied Joseph from the Bible, too.  For that activity, we dipped our marble in lots of colors to paint his colorful coat.)
This would look great in your journal!
We continued our study with rhinoceroses.  This beautiful boy is at the Montgomery Zoo in Montgomery, Alabama.  He is an Indian rhino and he seemed to be posing for us.
We read Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? by Shel Silverstein ...
... as well his his "Rhino Pen" poem in A Light in the Attic.
To remember all we were learning, we worked on our "Creature Facts" in the journal.
 She created her "Odd-Toed Ungulates Quiz" on the right (below) for Daddy to take.  He got a pitiful 58%, which tickled her.  😂
We then added our ungulates to our world map ...
... and Mags drew some ungulate tracks into her journal, opposite the "Vocabulary Puzzle Page."  (I recommend taped-in Ziploc bags to keep all your pieces secure in your journals.)
 We continued working so all we were learning was recorded.  I LOVED the minibooks in this lesson!  They made our journal pages pop!
And, as with all of our other Zoology 3 lessons, we wrapped it all up with the review questions for "Ungulates" from CurrClick.  (This, too, goes in the journal.)
We hope after next week's lesson to visit a local place that has many, many ungulates -- Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia (  At this wildlife park, you can rent a park vehicle and drive in a big loop (it takes about an hour), with food for the animals, and feed them right from the vehicle's windows.  It is truly a wild time!  
We have been several times and here are a few of our shots of some of the ungulates we saw that we learned about in this lesson.
Hey, that zebra looks familiar!
Next up, we tackle "Order Artiodactyla" with Lesson 9, the even-toed ungulates.  Check back with us!

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