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Five Kingdoms of Living Things

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This week we are memorizing the five kingdoms of living things.  So, of course, I went to my handy-dandy pinterest boards and looked for ideas to help my kids remember them.   I found this idea…..and….I must say, it worked pretty well!  Here is a link to the website where I found the idea.   Here is how it worked……

1.  Trace the child’s hand.

2.  On the thumb, have them write “Plantae” because people that are good with plants have a green thumb. 

3.  On the pinky, write “Protista” because pinky and protista both start with ‘p.’  Also, protista are very small and the pinky finger is the smallest finger. 

4.  Ask the kids to show you the number one with their fingers.  Hopefully, they will hold up their index finger.   Have them write “Monera” on the index finger (the one finger) because Monera have one cell.  Remind them that ‘mono’ means one.

5.  Okay, this one is bad.  But, they remember it!  So…..keep an open mind.   I showed them my wedding ring on my ring finger.   Then, I told them that there is a rumor that says that if a guy is not married (no ring on his ring finger), then he is a “fun-guy” because he doesn’t have a wife telling him what to do.  So, they write “Fungi” on the ring finger!   I told you it was terrible!   Note:  After hearing this, my oldest son states, “Well…..I’m going to have a wife AND be a fun guy!”   :)    

6.  This one might be even worse!   Fair warning…….   On the middle finger, have them write “Animalia.”  We discussed what “Giving someone the bird” meant and said….”Oh, a bird is an animal!”   What man meant for evil….I will use to educate my boys!   ;)    Also, I told them that the animal kingdom has the largest amount of diversity in it, so it has the largest finger. 

Additional Resources on the Kingdoms of Living Things

 Note:  A few of these things have content in them that does not line up with my family’s beliefs.  But, I just point out the things that contradict our beliefs and keep moving.  So, you may want to preview these.

1.  A song about the differences between animals and plants 

2.  A video about the five kingdoms of life 

3.  A slideshow (with music) about the five kingdoms of life 

 

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Photos of Our Plant Scavenger Hunt

A few days ago I told you about a Plant Scavenger Hunt that I created for my kids. Today was the big day!

 

# 14: Find a plant with palmate leaves. Ta da!!!

I put their checklists on a clipboard that opens up. Inside, I stored extra pencils. My two olders each had their own list. My youngest just helped his brothers.

#13: Find a plant with spines. Check!

#3: Find a stamen on a flower. Gorgeous!

Picture break with Grandma and Grandpa by a rock waterfall.

 

#23: Find a plant that grows where it is very wet. Middle of pond? I think that counts!

#24: Find a plant that you eat. Yummy!

My 5yo thinking, “I wish I could read. I wonder what that sign says…….”

 

Anyone else find it funny that the ones climbing the rocks are the ones that can’t read the signs?

#5: Find a bee, butterfly, or hummingbird on a flower. Beautiful!

 

#9: Find a monocot. (parallel veins on it’s leaves.) I think this is a monocot. Botanists….feel free to correct me!

#10: Find a dicot. (leaves have branching veins) I am just a mom turned wanna-be-botanist in the name of educating my munchkins! I think I am right, but I might not be! So…please extend grace in the case of mess-ups!

 

Last, but not least………..MY FAVORITE PLANT OF ALL TIME……………

When God created the coffee plant, He was thinking of me………….love……..

 

Would you like a free copy of my Plant Scavenger Hunt?

To thank you for your support, I would like to offer a free copy of my scavenger hunt to my subscribers. In addition to my Plant Scavenger Hunt, you can still download the free copy of my ebook, “Teaching Boys to Practice Spelling.” How do you get your freebies?

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Plant Scavenger Hunt Freebie

It is time for another freebie! Who likes free stuff? Me…me….me…

In a few days, my family will be visiting a botanical garden. When I say botanical garden, you are probably picturing beautiful flowers, trickling fountains, blossoming trees, trailing vines crawling up arbors, and manicured landscaping beds. Now, add in three loud, rambunctious, tree-climbing, flower-picking, vine-swinging little boys to your serene picture. Now your view is complete. Wonder why my hubby is a little concerned about the trip?

But, never fear…..mama is here!

 

A Plant Scavenger Hunt

The mission? Keep theirs hands busy in an effort to decrease the squashed flowers, broken tree branches, and ruffled mulch. While we are at it, I will teach them a little bit about plants!

The method? Give them a list of several generic things that would be found in nearly any botanical garden. As we stroll the grounds, I will have them check off as many items on their list as possible. It’s like a treasure hunt…..but with less “Arrrr…..matey”…..hopefully!

The reward? If they find the majority of the items on the list, then I will give them a treat.

 

How to Use Your Scavenger Hunt

    1. Download and save your free copy. If you don’t know how to do that, see the instructions below.
    2. Print it off. (You can print one copy for the whole family or print a copy for each child.)
    3. Educate your kids. Before embarking on your hunt, you might want to give your kids some background info on plants. See the ideas for background info below.
    4. Decide on a reward or treat.
    5. Hunt!
    6. In order to see the full value of the scavenger hunt, you might consider doing the same hunt 2-3 times at different locations on different days. Repetition breeds familiarity! Maybe the first time you could do a family hunt. During this time, you are educating your kids and showing them the answers. The second time you do it, they could work alone, but are able to ask questions and clarifications from Mom. The third time you do it, they could be asked to do it mostly alone.
 

Botany Resources

In an effort to maximize the learning experience, I have been reading some plant books to my kids. Some of the terminology on the scavenger hunt will be a bit hard if they haven’t studied it. First of all, we studied the backs of our Ecology Science Cards from Classical Conversations. Next, we read some books. Here are the books I used:



Here are some online resources:

A to Z Home’s Cool- Botany

The Kid’s Garden- Flower Anatomy

Magic School Bus Gets Planted

Magic School Bus Goes to Seed

 

Would you like a free copy of my Plant Scavenger Hunt?

To thank you for your support, I would like to offer a free copy of my scavenger hunt to my subscribers. In addition to my Plant Scavenger Hunt, you can still download the free copy of my ebook, “Teaching Boys to Practice Spelling.” How do you get your freebies?

  • Already a friend? If you have already made yourself a friend and subscribed to updates from Teaching Boys, then just look in the bottom of this post in your email or reader. The links to the freebies are located in the footer. Enjoy! Thanks for being my friend!
  • Want to become friends? Subscribe to updates from Teachingboys.net. You can subscribe in the right sidebar on my homepage. Once you are signed up, you will receive updates through your email or reader. (You will have to wait until I publish another post. Waiting is so hard, isn’t it?) At the bottom of the update there will be a footer. Inside the footer there will be a link for you to download the freebies….for free! Welcome, friend!

Enjoy!

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