Studying Variation Through Teeth: Creation Science Homeschool Co-Opstacey lane
My first few posts in this series of using Christian Kids Explore Creation Science in a co-op included extra notebooking pages for teaching the lessons. My next few posts are going to take a different approach to presenting the material: hands-on.
I wanted to approach the topic of variation in species with a hands-on approach instead of the written assignment in the book. Using this Iowa Academy of Science lesson plan for using teeth to teach variation, we looked at a variety photos of teeth and learned how teeth work. The lesson plan even includes the links for printing the photos of the teeth.
I loved watching the boys choose which type of instrument would work best for eating different foods. For example, what is the best way to eat M&Ms candies or beef jerky? Blocks smashing them or a staple remover tearing them?
We had a model of human teeth on hand to spur a discussion of how different teeth help us to eat different foods. We reviewed the terms omnivore, carnivore, and herbivore.
Using teeth as a basis of our study of variation really helped the boys understand the concept.
I did have the oldest child in our co-op use the Internet to research the species name of each animal in the hands-on time. This site provided a nice video and explanation of taxonomy.
As another hands-on activity, we looked at a skull of a deer to decide what kind of teeth a deer has what kind of food a deer eats.
This is part of a series of posts about using Christian Kids Explore Creation Science in a homeschool co-op* of two moms and three boys grades 7, 4, and K.
Read other posts from this series:
- Christian Kids Explore Creation Science Co-op: Animals
- Studying Variation Through Teeth: Creation Science Homeschool Co-Op
- Studying Dogs: Creation Science Homeschool Co-Op
- Fossils: Creation Science Homeschool Co-Op
- Six Days of Creation: a Creation Science Homeschool Co-Op
*Learn more about using Bright Ideas Press curriculum in a co-op setting.
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