Monthly Archives: September 2019

Galapagos Island and Evolution for Kids

Each week, my kids pick a country to explore. This week’s pick: The Galapagos Island. What better place could there be than these incredible islands to dive a little deeper into the discussion adaptations to discuss evolution.

Science: 

  1. Octonauts: Marine Iguanas (netflix)
  2. Star Stuff: carl Sagan and the myseries of the cosmos
  3. Annabelle & Aiden: The Story of LIfe
  4. Older Than the Stars by Karen Fox
  5. Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution by Karen Lewis ( we weren’t huge fans of this)
  6. Island: A Story of the Galapagos (great story of evolution)
  7. Hands on: Speckled moth lab
  8. Hands on:Bird beak lab
  9. Reflect: after the labs/books: pick an animal and write about the adaptations that were made over the years to better adapt to the island (finch, tortoise, penguins, etc)

SS/Culture/Geography: 

  1. Rebel Girls: Cholita Climbers pg. 36
  2. Darwin was an expert sailor. Great opportunity to learn knot tying and talk about how improper knots could lead to disaster
  3. Read: Where are the Galapagos Islands?
  4. Read: Who was Charles Darwin?

Just for fun media:

  1. Bucket List Family in the Galapagos Wk64 & Week 113
  2. National Geographic clip
  3. Plastic in Paradise (great for a conversation on how humans are impacting the environment)