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Satori and her Galapagos Islands

Satori and her Galapagos Islands

To kick off our Evolution week, we learned about Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands. I had been slowly introducing evolution, Darwin and a bit of these islands to Satori but today was the day we made it come alive. We started by watching Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World (NetFlix or Amazon). Then we read a few picture books on Darwin and the Galapagos. Finally, we pulled up the Galapagos islands on Google Earth to see them off the coast of Ecuador. The cool ocean floor feature helped us gain an idea of how they were formed (volcanic islands being made over millions of years).

Armed with this knowledge, it was time to play! I pulled out our Galapagos Toob of animals and made a few “islands” in the water. Here’s the island’s namesake tortoise, along with a frigate bird with a colorful red bulbous throat.

Galapagos Turtle and a Frigate bird

Galapagos Turtle and a Frigate bird

The marine iguana who dives in the water to eat their food, their black skin blending in with the black volcanic rock of the island they live on. Behind him is a Galapagos Crab (Sally Lightfoot crab) with its stunning red colors.

Marine Iguana - with their black skin

Marine Iguana - with their black skin

The boobie birds can be found on most islands in the archipelago, diving into the waters to catch their prey.

Blue and Red Footed Boobie birds

Blue and Red Footed Boobie birds

Galapagos Penguins are the only penguin to live on the equator and thrive in the cool water of one of the currents that come to the islands.

Galapagos Penguin

Galapagos Penguin

Charles Darwin himself graced us with his presence! We got him from the Evolving Darwin Play Set. Although he is really deceased at this time, here he is later in his life with his beard. The only time he was actually on the Galapagos was in his young 20’s.

Charles Darwin on the Galapagos

Charles Darwin on the Galapagos

A few more fun Galapagos interactive activities and resources:

Animals, Adaptation and the Galapagos Islands – Discover with Darwin (Level 1)