January in Verde was all about animals, both modern and prehistoric. We started the month exploring differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. Then we learned about five classes of vertebrates and studied reptiles and their characteristics, body parts and life cycles.
In the second half of January we switched our focus to the study of dinosaurs. We learned what a timeline is and discovered that dinosaurs lived long before humans evolved. We also learned that in Greek their name means terrible lizards, but in fact dinosaurs are a lot closer to modern birds then reptiles. We talked about different types of dinosaurs, their sizes, diet, way they moved. We also discussed who a paleontologist is, what does he do and most important HOW he works. We even had a chance to try our hands with our own dinosaur dig.
In February we are planning on exploring different biomes of the world, their characteristics and learning how people and animals live in the desert, rain forest, mountains, near/in the sea. We will also explore landscape as a form of art.