So we just started a new unit in Science and are really enjoying it so far. It goes in depth into a subject and is based on the creation. It is the curriculum Apologia and we are starting zoology 1.
In the first section we focused on classification. For our activity to introduce classification I had the boys gather random objects around the house and put them all together in a bag. Then we dumped it all out in a pile and I had them choose things similar to each other to be grouped together. As we continued on into the chapter I had them break down the groups they had further by color or size or some other similarity. This was a big help in understanding classification on a scientific level and they understood and had fun doing it.
(My kids love giving me a straight smile for the camera...or at least one of them does)
In the book they created a mnemonic phrase to help you remember the classification system which is
Kings Play Chess On Fine Glass Sets =
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species.
We created our own mnemonic phrase for our last name. The kids had fun with this.
We used a elementary dictionary to help us with the phrase.
It turned out to be a great day in science and we are really enjoying the book and it's layout so far with the Apologia curriculum.