Friday, October 1, 2010

Science - Swimming Creatures!

We are currently on an adventure of the underwater world!

In our first chapter we learned about the various types of mobility. Both the boys and I were having problems trying to remember the technical names for the various types of mobility. For a visual we used SpongeBob for the animals that swim, crawl, sit and drift.

Nekton: Squidward (swim)
Benthos: Mr. Crabs (crawl)
Benthic: Patrick (scoot)
Sessile: SpongeBob (sit)
Plankton: Plankton and Jellyfish (drift)

On Wednesday we went to the local aquarium for their home school days. We were able to see fresh water animals and salt water animals. On our behind the scenes tour we learned how the aquarium makes salt water for the animals on display, what they eat, how they arrive at the aquarium, how and when they are fed, if ill how they are taken care of and our favorite part was walking on TOP of the tanks. The Sea Turtle swam right up to us at the top and boy is he a big fellow! We were not able to take pictures of the tank area behind the scenes due to security. However, here are a few pictures of the animals we saw while walking though the tanks.

Ryan touching a starfish!

A few small sea horses.

A Stingrays beautiful old man face!

A freshwater turtle

The boys in front of a real beaver dam! Check out how tall the dam is.

The boys in the behind the scenes tour - kitchen.

While we were at the aquarium we were able to see all of the various animals with the different types of mobility's we are learning. We all had a great time and hope to do it again later this year.



  1. So cool! Wish we had an aquarium near where we live....since I'm in the midwest, we do a lot of studying about corn and Stopping by from the Faithful Followers Blog Hop. Have a great weekend.

  2. I love your blog and you have great ideas for homeschooling. I wanted to let you know that I have given you The Versatile Blogger award so stop by my blog to pick it up anytime!

  3. Just visiting from the blog hop. Love your blog. Cute background too.

  4. Looks like fun! I like your tie-in to Sponge Bob. We once did a unit study on Finding Nemo which made it fun for the kids to i.d. all those water creatures. Thanks for the blogger award!!!