We are loving our science book, Apologia - Zoology 1! I'd link to it but the link becomes invisible. I don't know why. I don't know what I did to make that happen and I can't figure out how to change it back.
Anyways, when I first started reading over it I thought it was going to be much to hard for my first grader. Words like binomial nomenclature were flying right over my head. How in the world was I going to teach this concept of classification to her? So I started swagbucking (You know, like google but you get swagbucks. you can trade your swagbucks for gift cards. I'm up to $85 in Amazon gift cards thanks to swagbucks! want to know more, check the banner at the bottom of this post!) ... swagbucking .. umm, oh yes, I started searching for ways to make it fun. I ran across the site http://satorismiles.com/?s=classification and she had used buttons as a way to teach classification. We did this yesterday. I have pictures but my computer is currently viral (or just not working) and I can't up load pics. Soon.
So, we started with a bowl of buttons, that was our kingdom. They were wittled down by number of button holes, then size, then color. We started with one big group and ended with several small ones. Today I used a chart to better explain classification. It goes through the classification process of a polar bear. That seemed to make a big impact on Kennedy. Next we played a game also found at Satori's site. I put 16 random objects out unclassified. After one minute Kennedy was able to name 6 of the 16 things. Next I classified them ... hair things, toys, writing utensils, school supplies ... she was able to name 11! When I was getting it all together last night Adam asked why I didn't just take her to the library to show how classification works. Or to Wal-Mart -- you know to show her how when things are unorganized it makes it harder to find (or learn) anything! She loved today's game ~ I think she's starting to get it!
And, we did go to the library today. We attended story hour and then picked up the books on birds I had put on hold. K & A also picked out a few fun books.
I feel this post is naked without pictures. Forgive me.