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Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures

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Apologia Young Explorers

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Jeannie Fulbright

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From the rivers and streams to the mighty ocean, God filled the Earth’s waters with animals great and small. Upon His word, enormous whales sprung into being. At His command, billions of plankton leapt to life. On that day, millions of creatures like the strapping sea turtles, the skulking sharks, the delightful dolphins, and the soaring squid gladly joined their fellow sea animals. Strong swimming bass traveled the rivers past the creeping crayfish and the sluggardly snails. How joyously crammed with excitement was the fifth day of Earth’s existence!

Apologia’s second zoology book will take you and your family on an exploration into the wonders of the swimming creatures made on the fifth day of creation. You’ll begin with a big splash from the whales and dolphins, then spy on seals and meet manatees before swimming with the sea turtles, snakes, and salamanders. You’ll even peek in on the primeval plesiosaurus and its pals.

Following your frolic with fish and sharks, you’ll uncover the world of crabby crustaceans, sea snails, clams, and their soft bodied friends like the octopus, squid, and nautilus. You’ll consort with corals, find flowers that devour plankton, see stars and feathers that walk, leap and roll, and discover dollars that disappear in the sand and sponges that clean more than you might think.

From the microscopic to massive, no stone is left unturned in your student’s passage through the waters of the world. The creatures your student studies will come to life as your student creates replicas of them and adds them to his “Ocean Box”—a miniature hand-crafted aquarium. As always, each lesson ends with an experiment or project reinforcing the scientific method and the concepts studied. Among other experiments and projects, your student will try on blubber, investigate a shark’s ability to sense electrical currents, explore how whales can hear sounds that come from far away, and learn through experimentation which creatures make the best fossils. No matter how near or far you live from the ocean, you and your students will wonder at God’s designs in the amazing aquatic animals He formed on the fifth day.

What Does Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures Cover?

There are 13 lessons included in this one-year Zoology 2 course. A detailed daily lesson plan is included in the Notebooking Journals.

Lesson topics include:

  • Aquatic animals: Aqua Mobility, Filter Feeders, Currents, Fresh Water, Salt Water, The Continental Shelf, Abyssal Animals
  • Whales
  • Seals and Sea Cows
  • Aquatic Herps: Ectotherms, Turtles, Sea Snakes
  • Reptiles vs Amphibians
  • Primeval Reptiles
  • Fish: Bony Fish, Gills, Fins, Stages of Life
  • Sharks and Rays
  • Crustaceans: Exoskeletons, Lobsters, Crayfish, Crabs, Shrimp, Barnacles, Trilobites
  • Mollusks
  • Cephalopods
  • Echinoderms
  • Cnidarians
  • Sponges, Sea Squirts, Leeches, Flatworms

And much more!

What Do I Need to Use This Homeschool Zoology 2 Course?

To complete this Zoology 2 course, it is recommended the hard-cover textbook and spiral Notebooking Journal (Years 5-7) or the Junior Notebooking Journal for early primary ages or children with limited writing skills.

This Zoology 2 course for primary students is packed with a variety of hands-on activities, experiments, and projects. These can be completed with household materials.

What Are Some of the Activities in This Zoology 2 Course?

The activities and projects use easy-to-find household items and truly make the lessons come alive!

A sampling of the course projects include:

  • Creating a miniature hand-crafted aquarium and fill with replicas of favorite swimming creatures
  • Experiments that involve trying on blubber
  • Investigating a shark’s ability to sense electrical currents
  • Activities that explore how whales can hear sounds that come from far away
  • Discovering which creatures make the best fossils

What is the Daily Schedule for Zoology 2?

A detailed daily schedule for Zoology 2 has been provided in the front of each Notebooking Journal and Junior Notebooking Journal. This schedule specifically outlines what to read and what activities to complete, as it fits your family’s needs.

It is recommended that you spend the entire school year covering this book, devoting approximately two sessions per week to the course.

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