Do you think teaching science in your homeschool has to be dull and dry? Think again! There are many ways to incorporate hands on learning to your studies. For one of our learning experiences I brought in our stash of stuffed animals to help my kids with the concept of Taxonomy.
Fun with Taxonomy – Hands on Homeschool!
In our study of Apologia’s Flying Creatures and Biology we first thought of our own Classification System Mnemonic to help remember Taxonomy: Klingons (Kingdom) Pop (Phylum) Corn (Class) On (Order) Friendly (Family) Gas (Genus) Stoves (Species). Then we gathered the plethora of stuffed animals in the house and tried to fit them into Kingdom, Phylum, Class and in some cases Order.
Armed with Apologia’s Flying Creatures and older brother’s Apologia Biology book plus the internet, my kids did a good job organizing and classifying. They had fun AND it was a great way to help them visualize this aspect of science!
|Kingdom Animalia….where did all these animals come from and who paid for them ?|
|Phylum Chordata ….. still a pile load of creatures!|
|Class Crustacea – a tasty bunch!|
|Class Mammalia – still more!|
|Order Perissodactyla – My daughter’s favorite|
|Order Carnivora (The bears were absent from this picture!)|
When we have more time to spend on this, I think we’ll try to go further in our homeschool science classification.