Starfish Gazing

During this week in Science class the kids have been learning about invertebrates. Think back really hard to your school days and remember what an invertebrate is. Can’t remember…well here I will help you!  Cover Starfish

Definition of an Invertebrate as found on Wikipedia:

Invertebrates are animals that neither possess nor develop a vertebral column (commonly known as a backbone or spine), derived from the notochord. This includes all animals apart from the subphylum Vertebrata. Familiar examples of invertebrates include insects; crabs, lobsters and their kin; snails, clams, octopuses and their kin; starfish, sea-urchins and their kin; jellyfish, and worms.

So, now we have that out-of-the-way! The kids were skeptical about dissecting a poor little animal. I convinced them it was in the name of science and by the time we were done they would have a clearer understanding of the animal and a new respect for it.

All too often the kids will view and animal such as the Starfish as unimportant because it is not cuddly like a cat or dog. This study helped them to see that all creatures have a purpose and are beautiful in their own way. Well…except roaches right? I think we can agree that no one likes roaches.

The neat thing about the dissection kit was that it had step by step instructions and I did not have to make up the steps as we went. There were some words that took some time to pronounce but we were all the better for trying!

On to the photos!


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The dissection tray and tools.
Bri Starfish
Bri focusing on making the right cut.
Audy Starfish
Audy cleared out the intestines.
Mav Starfish
Mav removed the skin.
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This is our project table cloth. It was on sale, kind of ugly and perfect for our projects. It has seen a lot!

I am always into making sure the kids have fun while learning. This seemed like the perfect way to get them involved in the lesson. We live very close to the beach and I try to instill in them respect for the ocean and all animals.

 

Quiet On The Set

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In this house we have always loved movies and cartoons. I grew up spending countless hours glued in front of the tube watching nearly every Disney animation on repeat. Movies like Star Wars, The Labyrinth, Goonies, E.T, The Princess Bride and Indiana Jones were likewise viewed as if they were going out of style.

These movies had such imagination that it oozed from the screen into our unsuspecting minds, molding, shaping and inspiring us in ways we may have not expected. Many in my age group associate these movies with a happy, exciting childhood.

My kids have seen the movies I grew up and they have not had the same reaction that I had when I was a kid! But it’s easy to understand, movies are incredibly different today. CGI saturates many movies and the pace moves so quickly with action or events happening at every turn.

I have had to help my kids to appreciate the art and dedication it takes to many any movie or Broadway show even! I have had a bit of experience with the entertainment industry in the past so I understand to a degree the dedication it takes.

So, as a project we decided to create a mini series that the kids are responsible for drafting a script, creating costumes and sets as well as lighting. My son was not as excited about this so I told him he could make one “boy” episode but still assist the girls with lighting or whatever.

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Indigo and Madeline Spa Day

The girls took full responsibility and after a week of rehearsal, script changes, arguing and finally getting their act together they produced the first episode of ten!

Once the work was completed with editing and adding sound they were exhausted. I asked them how they felt about the process and they replied that they didn’t realize how much effort it took to make a movie. I made sure to point out that hours of preparation was needed in order to produce a five-minute video.

All in all they had a blast and my son wouldn’t touch the filming area with a ten foot pole! He was not down with the “girly” story line. But then I don’t blame him.

After they viewed the finished product everyone celebrated. Planning has already begun for the next episode.

You can watch it here. We hope you enjoy it.