Thursday, November 30, 2017

100 Days of Science-- #10; Biomes Field Trip

A local homeschooling mom planned a field trip for us all to visit Biomes and the boys and I could not wait to see what this place was all about.

Our understanding was that it was a small aquarium that focused on hands- on learning and boy were we amazed at all we got to see and do!

 There were small tanks set up all around the room with posters and signs everywhere teaching us about marine animals.

This was one small corner of the room; tanks were lined up one right after the other. 

We had a few minutes to walk around on our own while everyone arrived and paid the admission fee.  We saw robin fish, crabs, rays, and flounders.

 We learned about Glofish and how they are genetically modified to glow

Watching the eel climb up it's tank
 We learned that this spotted scorpionfish is the most poisonous fish on Earth.

We learned about the various species of lobster and how they are rated for market pricing.

 Alec was reading all about grouper so he could answer questions on the scavenger hunt sheet we were given.

Evan got to pet a spiny dogfish shark.

Can you see the nose on this ray?  It's called the clearnose skate because you can see right through the skin where his "nose" would be! 

A display showing the different sands found on 43 local beaches 

The Flying Gurnard
 We learned that the catshark got it's name since it's eyes are elongated like a cat's eye.

My boys and I were fascinated by the Remora.  The top of this fish's head allows it to suction onto larger marine animals (like sharks- which we learned on Wild Kratts).  We just could not get over how much the patch looked like a sneaker tread.

The boys were invited to feed the sharks.

We then watched one of the workers feed the puffer fish and we learned even more about them.

We then learned more about the grouper and how they eat.  The winter grouper swallowed it's food whole because it's teeth are in it's neck.  The triggerfish gobbled up it's food with it's sharp teeth.

The kids were all invited to help feed the skates.  There was a video showing on a continuous loop that showed a skate being hatched out of a mermaid's purse.  The woman told the kids how to tell the difference between male and female skates, she flipped a skate over to show them their mouths and underside, and then talked to them about other features of the species; then all the kids got to feed them.

We sat down to listen to one last demonstration and saw this shrimp going crazy in his tank circling around and swimming in loops.

Our completed scavenger hunt pages; if we had more time there were even MORE sheets!  They had up to 100 questions about the marine animals they had on display. 
 For our last demonstration the man agitated a puffer fish until it puffed up with water.  He was able to lift it out of the tank for us to see and then the fish released all the water it had sucked up spraying the kids in front with water that shot out of it's mouth and gills.  I think all the kids enjoyed that the best.  They were then able to ask any questions they wanted.

The boys talked a lot about our trip all afternoon.

Evan's favorite part was seeing the puffer fish squirting water at everyone.

Ian was excited to see the toadfish.

Alec enjoyed all the animal feedings and reading all the signs to learn even more animal facts.

Others in this series:

1.  Bernoulli's Principle
2.  Field Trip to the Ecotarium 
3.  Learning About Air Molecules

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Virtual Refrigerator Linky Party-- Watercolor Trees and Animals

Thanks for stopping by and joining us again this week as we host another virtual refrigerator arts and crafts link up. 

Alec had his two last art classes and while the moms and I are talking about running our own weekly classes we aren't quite sure how that will work out yet.  For now I am just thankful he had this opportunity and found enjoyment in art once again.

Now if only I could find a way to keep him motivated to try art at home we'd be all set.

I love arts and crafts projects and while I offer to do art with Alec quite often or pull out supplies for him to work on art on his own he rarely wants to sit and work on anything.

 I'm hoping that December will be chuck full of arts and crafts projects since we typically spend a good portion of the month creating gifts for friends and family members.

Now without further ado I invite you to grab a "magnet" and link up your arts and crafts or how- to posts below and visit some other bloggers to see what they shared on their refrigerators.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Love to Learn Hop- the Last Week of November

I just can not get over how fast these months have been flying by!  It's amazing to me that it's already the end of November.

The boys and I are always reading and today I thought I'd share both the list of books I read during November and the list of books the boys read in November.  True most of the books read by "the boys" were really read by just my middle son, Alec, who loves to read but the other boys did find time to read most days and that's all I ask.

But enough about us and what we've been up to!  This is a linky party and I want to hear about what you've been up to.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

What My Boys Have Been Reading in November

The boys did quite a bit of reading this month.  We've listened to our read aloud and our book on Cd most days; finishing up our Superstition Mountain series.  They've each picked a few good books to enjoy and have been pretty good about reading everyday.

Revenge of Superstition Mountain

When Friendship Followed Me Home

The Accidental Hero

52 Story Treehouse

The 65 Story Treehouse

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Illustrated Edition

In The Red Canoe

Minecraft The Island

Sky Dancers

Erth Dragon

Life in the Islands

A day with the Animal Builders

The Secret War

Life in the Oceans


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