|Alex's notebook page|
We have been learning about squids and octopuses. For my older students, I had them learn about the squid's anatomy by sketching and notebooking. The younger students made models instead out of toilet paper tubes.
For this project, you will need toilet paper tubes (or one paper towel tube cut in half). Paint them a squid color.
Take the first one and kind of pinch together the top of it and snip off both sides at an angle so that the cut off pieces look like triangles.
This forms the fin at the end of the mantle. Save the other triangle.
Now make a slit in the part of the other tube that is opposite to the arms. This will enable you to squeeze this tube into the same end of the first tube that has the hyponome straw in it.
Attach the other two ends to the inside of the open end of the tube.
You can now point out all of the parts of the squid
To show how a squid propels itself through water, we used a balloon and a cap off a glue bottle.
Fill your balloon with either water or air and then slip the glue cap in the balloon's neck.
Then we placed the balloon in a tub of water on the deck and watched it go, simulating how the squid propels itself by taking in water and expelling it out it's hyponome.
For their notebooking pages, often it is easier for them to make a list of facts rather than write paragraphs.
|Alex's notebooking page|
"Octa" means eight. Octopuses have eight arms, with its large eyes and giant brain.
sources and more inspiration:
Exploring Creation With Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures, Jeannie Fulbright
Toilet Paper Tube Squid at Almost Unschoolers
Water Propelled Squid at Almost Unschoolers
Octopus Colors at Adventures in Mommydom
Socktopuses at Pinterest
Demonstrating Octopus Propulsion with a Turkey Baster at Adventures in Mommydom
Octopus Soup at Pinterest
Octopus Dip at Pinterest