Thursday, August 25, 2016

Week Ending 21 August 2016

Overall this has been a pretty good week. Conveniently I managed to find at least one highlight each day!

* The chicken pie I planned for dinner on Monday night  led to a great lab session. We used our chicken to review the parts of a bird and to examine the feather tracts. Most of the chicken was then converted into pie but we saved one wing for a dissection. Lots of fun identifying bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, observing which muscles did what job, and then comparing a chicken wing to a human arm. I wasn't able to find the perfect resource to guide us so based what we did on a few lesson plans that I found online. This one, this one and this one were among the most helpful.



* On Tuesday Basil moved back for a three week stay while the adults in his family enjoy an overseas trip. We're loving having him back (well our cat is not) even though he has even more health issues than when we last cared for him. We are hoping is cancer does not make a speedy progression over the next few weeks.

Basil feeling sleepy at the end of the day.

* Miss 15 finally got to go on a birding field trip on Wednesday. It seems like such a long time since I've been able to take her out. She joined some members of our birding group on a short ramble just out of town. I managed to drive her out there and someone dropped her at a bus stop so she could bus home. It was the first time she's used the buses by herself and she had to change bus mid-journey. Strange to think she's flown alone before she has used a city bus. Mind you we don't really use the buses since they aren't convenient for where we need to go. In fact I think I've only taken her on a bus once. It was just for fun and she would have been four. The weather was cool for the bird ramble and there weren't a lot of birds to be seen but she did enjoy getting out.

* We had fun with this quiz  on Thursday, discovering which bird we were most like.. One of us was a Great Blue Heron; the other, much to her consternation, was a Mallard.

Miss 15 and I. But can you guess who's who?


* Dh celebrated a significant birthday on Friday - one of those ones ending with a zero!

* Miss 15 was able to attend another birding field trip on Saturday.This time they went to a local wildlife park to look at the native birds on display. Next month one of the staff will be giving a talk on how these birds are cared for in captivity. The highlight for Miss 15 was a behind the scenes look at a kiwi incubating an egg. Only three of them got to see this and only then because the kiwi concerned is an especially chilled and mellow one, not likely to be bothered by the brief disturbance. While there she took the chance to have a look at some of the other animals. She also got to add a new species to her bird list for the year - a Cape Barren Goose who is not a resident but likes to hang out anyway.



On Saturday we also had a visit from Mr 24. He's suffering from laryngitis and has the oral defence of his PhD thesis next week!

*On Sunday Miss 15 finally completed her application for a university summer science camp. It's been half done for a while but sort of hanging over her - I don't think she likes selling herself - so it's great to have it finished. Now we just have to hope that she gets accepted and in the programme of her choice (zoology). In the evening she watched Allegiant . She had wanted to see on the big screen but it closed before she made it so she's been looking forward to the DVD release. Sadly she was disappointed since the movie version departed from the book in a major and fairly significant way.

Linking with the Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers' Weekly Wrap-Up.

7 comments:

  1. What did the lesson plan have them do? Any activities?

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    1. The lesson plans tended to give instructions on how to complete the dissections, then told them where and how to look for and identify bones, muscles, tendons etc. At least on had them move muscles to move get the wing to move. Then there were worksheet type questions. If you click on hte links you can check them out.

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  2. I love all the bird learning happening! We had a turkey last week and the kids were all fascinated trying to figure out what parts correspond to our own and how things worked.

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    1. Comparative anatomy can be fascinating.

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    2. Comparative anatomy can be fascinating.

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  3. It has never once crossed my mind to dissect a chicken that was destined for the dinner pot. What a wonderful idea!!!!!

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    1. When the kids were much younger we dissected bean seeds. Dinner that night was "interesting" as they realised peas were seeds too and attempted to dissect all the ones on their plates!

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