The Science Topics for this week included Insects and Birds. Since we did a little bit of in depth study on these topics, I thought I will post this seprately and link it on to the summary post later Insha Allaah!
As for Insects we opt to make this
Lap Book which turned out to be a wonderful study Alhamdulillaah!
We used our Encylopedias and internet to find out facts and wrote on the Lap Book. The good this about this Lap Book was you had to find the facts on your own. Reading the encylopedia searching on the internet helped Maimoonah to see how we search for things, read and pick up points and how we record and study! We have not done this kind of Lap Books before and I think this was very much age appropriate as well as she was very interested in writing. She just loved the whole process so did I!
This is the Cover of the Lapbook which has the Body Parts of the Insect labelled. We did a little bit of creepy crawlies decoration! lol!
This is the inside of it at a glance!
We wrote down some names of the Insects for the Vocabulary. And we looked up on the Encyclopedia and learnt how the insects proect themselves and recorded on Insect Defence. We checked the internet and wrote with what the Insects see, breathe, smell (we learnt they have no nose: ),etc etc, we could not find the proper answer for how they feel, or with what they feel, any body who knows please tell us Insha Allaah! Then Maimoonah wrote all what the insects eat on "Insect Diet". We checked if the Spider was a Insect or not and wrote the reason why?!
On the other side we wrote how Insects communicate, she was amazed to know that they flash lights, dance, make noise etc etc.
We listed out the characteristics of the Insects, like they have 6 legs, they have three body parts etc etc. We had some nice books on creepy crawlies. we read them as well and Maimoonah opted to write the life cycle of the butterfly and the Ladybug.
She also listed out who eats Insects on "Predators of Insects".
Then gave her finger paints and asked her to draw some creepy crawlies. She used her stencil and drew a butterfly and painted it, used her fingers and painted a caterpillar and also seeing this post
folded up the paint and made a colourful butterfly! that was actually kept for counting bugs and recording, since we do not see enough bugs over here I asked her to use paint and do something relative lol!
The back cover has Insect Reproduction, for which I just wrote they mate and lay eggs and explained to her just like human beings male and female gets married and have babies and they come out from the egg and become an adult. She did not ask any questions lol, which saved me from lot of things! Then it also has Insect classification, we did not study those but just recorded. It also has "Use of Insects" we learnt that Insects are useful to keep this world clean and we get silk and even food colouring through Insects.
I reminded Maimoonah Allaah is Al Khaaliq and Al Mussawwir and He is so perfect that only He could create all this Insects with such amazing characteristics. And He created them for our use and He taught the insects what they should do to live and we discussed the aayah from soorah Nahl as to how Allaah says that He inspired the bees how they should make honey!
Also one sweet sister from South Africa sent Maimoonah this Butterfly which if you put into water for about 72 hours it soaks and becomes big. So Maimoonah was excited to try it out. She did the needful and still waiting to see how big it becomes. Tomorrow it will be 72 hours Insha Allaah.
We learnt about Different Kinds of Birds and all about them with the help of the encyclopedia.
We learnt their Body Parts!
We learnt a whole heap of facts about Birds, how they eat, where they live, how they protect their nestling, How they attract other birds and how they warn the other birds when there is danger, The same sweet sister from South Africa sent Maimoonah this wonderful informative Book on Birds of Africa. Jazzakillaah Khayr dear sister for this wonderful gift!
It has facts about lot if Birds and also has colour pictures of all the birds as well as colouring pictures. The facts were so interesting. Maimoonah was so sad to read that the Hud Hud bird makes its nest so smelly and dirty. She was upset so I had to explain to her they make it that way as the book says probably because to protect the eggs from other animals eating, due the smell and being dirty they do not come to the nest to eat the eggs. This was so interesting and just could not finish in a week. We coloured only few pictures but read many facts and will continue do so Insha Allaah. She was laughing and giggling when she read the "Grey Lorie" Bird says "Goaway Goaway" when it wants to warn the other birds from Danger". Subhanallaah the Creation of Allaah is indeed Unique and Amazing!!!
We learnt why birds have feathers and the largest and the smallest birds!
We recorded some of the facts we found about Birds on the Environmental Studies Book.
Also we made these Scavenger Hunt Cards and Maimoonah read these and answered the questions I asked her. Nice way to keep some facts in mind! You can get them from here
Alhamdulillaah this was a good learning experience and a little tiring too but we enjoyed this very much!