Anika and Julia used the wooden puzzle from the Zoology Cabinet to make this work
which shows the different parts of the butterfly (compound eye, thorax etc). Weeks would
pass, yet they'd still know the names of these parts.
This time, Parts of a Turtle (though the flat, bottom part of a turtle's shell
is called the plastron).
the different animals and their characteristics--at least those that make
them visually distinct. I have children in my class who can name the different
kinds of snakes by looking at their skin color, and marking. One can match countries
to their flags. Often, it is amazing what you can learn from a child.
I just remembered one of the children in my class, Bea, 6, saying this to me one day when we were talking about Transportation, "Teacher Mars, you know when I went to Hong Kong, we rode a train that took us to Disneyland. If you take me to Hong Kong, I can show you." Bea lived 5 out of 6 years of her life in New York and her mom works at the Met--I should ask Bea to teach me a thing or two about the city before I leave for New York this summer (summer in this part of the world). Bea--we went on an educational field trip last February and this science center that we went to had replicas of the different famous building around the world. The tour guide mentioned the Freedom Tower, said it's in New York. Bea raised her hand and said, "I lived in New York, but I've never seen the Freedom Tower there before." Of course Bea made perfect sense (the tour guide realized); the Freedom Tower is due to be completed on 2013.