Whenever we go to the zoo, we like to pick a species to observe. This time, we chose the gorilla. Though at the zoo, we only spent a few minutes observing and sketching them.
M chose to sketch the whole enclosure, with a blob indicating where one gorilla was sleeping.
For C, I first sketched one gorilla for her to color, but then she chose to sketch in some plants and the blanket the sleeping gorilla was using.
Back at home, we started making a poster about what we were learning. (The blobs of brown sticks represent the nests gorillas make to sleep in at night.)
We read about gorillas in our animal encyclopedia and from Nat Geo online, and watched a few YouTube videos. We will also check out some books from the library (and read Goodnight Gorilla, of course).
We love making crafts, so besides coloring pages, we made gorilla puppets.
Usually when we do a unit study on an animal, we do a lot more activities, crafts, songs, and books, etc. The gorilla study was last minute, and we are currently doing more involved studies of barn owls and caterpillars/butterflies.