I purchased our current science program (RSO Life) long before we started using it. It was the Animal Kingdom portion that delayed me – you’d be getting your hands on little creatures like worms and snails and roly-polies. I was a little squeamish. We don’t have easy access to such creatures way up in high altitude dry climate. I also never hurt a living thing, and even though the program doesn’t have you dissecting or hurting animals, I don’t even feel right just borrowing them from their natural environments for a time.

So we’ll see how we get through the next few months in our animal study without actually keeping worms and snails as pets. We’re going to rely heavily on books, videos and zoo trips. We have some great places near us – Butterfly Pavilion, Downtown Aquarium, and Denver Zoo just to name a few.

So digging into the program, RSO had us do a classification exercise to demonstrate how difficult it can be to classify living things. They had Satori classify 12 Blobonians using her own judgement. Then, a scientist who had observed these Blobonians in their natural environment was able to classify them successfully and gave us a flow chart for us to do it correctly. Of course, it did not match up to our original sorting. (We used our dry-erase table for this exercise, love it! Thanks Grammy and Grampa.)

This just drove the point home that sometimes even though living things may look alike, we may learn more about them and have to re-classify them. Anemones and corals are an example of this. At first we thought they were a plant. Then we realized they were actually animals.

We watched Discovery Education videos to learn more about the Animal Kingdom, classifying living things, and then Invertebrates. Today we watched a video about Cnidarians, our first animals we’re learning about.

Just yesterday I started using the Discovery Streaming StudentCenter. It is super easy to use, and Satori now has her own login (no extra charge to your subscription). She was very excited to login herself and see what assignments she had.

She really enjoyed the video with King Philip to learn about the Classification of Living Things. We had to watch it twice and I’m sure she’ll ask again this weekend. 🙂