February 26, 2016

This week, I (Anna W) have been exploring unusual looking animals!! It has been so exciting for all of us to see what these animals look like - we all tend to gasp and exclaim loudly on first viewing. The purpose this was twofold: 1) It's so fun! 2) unusual looking animals tend to call into sharp focus an idea that is at the core of our animals investigation: body parts serve a purpose. Often these animals have strange looking attributes that allow them to live more efficiently, and the children are able to easily see the reason behind the body part, making it easier for them make connections between form and function. So far, we have looked at these animals:

Anteater (Amazing fact: It uses its tail as its own blanket!)

Goblin shark (its nose has sensors that help it detect prey)

Vampire squid (When threatened, it turns inside out and is covered with sharp teeth!

Angler Fish (bioluminescent light on their head lights the way and lures prey!)

Star nosed mole (Uses its unique nose to find its way instead of vision!)

We have been learning so many new facts about sea creatures through internet research and nonfiction books. As a way to play with these facts, children created "puzzles" about different sea creatures. They told three facts about an ocean animal to Anna, and she wrote those facts down on the outside of an envelope, and children drew the sea creature and put it inside the envelope. Here are a couple of the puzzles--see if you can solve any of them at home with your child!

1. It is mean to kelp.

2. People eat them.

3. Its body is covered in pokey stuff.

 

1. It has two eyes.

2. Their ears are in their jaw bones.

3. They have fins.

 

1. It has a shell.

2. It has octagons on it.

3. They have fins.