Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Zoology 2 is a favorite science choice for children that love marine animals and learning about ocean life. We live in Florida, so we have some wonderful opportunities to use Apologia Swimming Creatures Zoology 2 for elementary students with a full-on immersion approach. If you are studying swimming creatures or ocean life, these worksheets are broken down by lesson for you.
The Apologia Young Explorers Series
This science course is for elementary grades K-6 with a strong creationist viewpoint. Each book in the series focuses on a specific science theme to create an immersive curriculum with individual topics in each lesson.
The entire series is written directly to the student in a conversational style. This makes it a favorite choice for Charlotte Mason style homeschooling families.
You can complete the suggested activities and experiments using mostly household items. Choose to use the junior notebooks or regular notebooks, or you can use free printables.
Whatever you choose, you will see that a 13 unit textbook can become an extensive science curriculum, which you can use for an entire school year.
Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 2 (Swimming Creatures)
Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures is the second book in the zoology series that covers marine biology. It will take elementary ages on an adventure to explore the swimming creatures of the fifth day.
They will learn about enormous whales, delightful dolphins, seals, manatees, sea turtles, sea snakes and salamanders. They will even get to read about the primeval plesiosaurus. This entire book also covers fish and sharks, crustaceans, sea snails, clams, octopus, squid, corals, sea stars, sponges and more.
What are the Apologia Notebooking Journals?
A great addition to the Apologia Young Explorer Series is that you are able to purchase separate notebooking journals for your students. These are great for a busy mom as they have a suggested schedule of work for each unit broken down over two weeks. There is a junior journal and regular journal that you can choose from.
Each book has vocabulary crossword puzzles along with notebooking pages to keep track of fascinating facts, and scripture copywork pages.
There are many different types of notebook activities to complete such as:
- miniature books to fill out
- cut and paste pages
- coloring pages
- and more
The junior notebooking journal is for K-2nd grade and typically used for younger students. You can use it with older children who struggle with writing or really enjoy more coloring pages.
The regular notebooking journal is for the upper elementary grades. There are more writing spaces and room for kids who like to do extra research.
Free Apologia Swimming Creatures Worksheets (By Lesson)
My girls enjoyed this book so much, that we decided to hunt for even more printable worksheets to create their own notebook with. I have compiled them below, broken down to accompany each lesson if you want some extras as well. These are also great for saving money or if you don’t think you would use the full notebook.
Lesson 1: Aquatic Animals (Ocean Habitat)
Ocean Terminology Vocabulary Copywork – Help your students learn 25 key words and definitions related to the ocean, its waves, and its geography with this Free Ocean Terminology Vocabulary Copywork.
Ocean-Themed Writing Prompts for Kids – These Ocean-Themed Writing Prompts for Kids include 10 fun prompts to get their imaginations going!
Sea & Ocean Life Cycles Cut & Paste – Help kids learn about the life cycles of 13 of the animals that live in the ocean with this simple, no-prep, hands-on science activity.
Ocean-Themed Cursive Alphabet Tracing Pages – Students can practice tracing each uppercase and lowercase letter and can color pictures of dozens of ocean animals along the way if they like.
Recommended Resource: The Ocean Notebook, a Companion to Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman
The Ocean Notebook – In this paid resources students will use the notebook to accompany the book by Julia Rothman. They will learn all about life in the ocean, layers of the ocean, the ocean floor, coral reefs, tide pools and more.
More Worksheets for Apologia Swimming Creatures Lesson 1:
Ocean Facts for Kids – Fun facts on the mighty ocean with a cute colorful printable.
Ocean Unit Study – Lots of free printables to create your own ocean unit study plus fun lapbook printables.
Low Tide Marine Life – Learn about the low tide marine life of the southern Oregon Coast.
Oceans of the World Printable – This printable includes a world map and tracing words to label the waters of the world and our oceans.
Free Ocean Animal Printables for Early Learners – These ocean animal printables are a great way to include little ones while your older ones are working on their own ocean unit.
Lesson 2: Whales
Big List of Whale Resources – Huge list of whale resources with printables, worksheets, crafts and hands-on activities.
Whale Unit Study and Lapbook – Learn about lots of different enormous whales with these cute lapbook printables and mini books.
Ocean Animals Notebooking Research Journal – Journal your findings on the beluga whale, blue whale, barracuda, bass, black drum, blobfish, blue shark, and more. Over 60 total ocean animal research templates.
Types of Whales Matching Game – This fun instant download is a great way to introduce your elementary students to twelve different types of whales.
Lesson 3: Seals and Sea Cows
Manatee Lapbook – Your kids will love this adorable manatee lapbook with printables and instructions on how to put it together.
Northern Elephant Seal Printable – Learn about the Northern Elephant Seal with this printable diagram.
Harbor Seal Printable – Print out this informational diagram about the Harbor Seal.
Harp Seal Printable – Find out where the Harp Seal lives and about its anatomy.
California Sea Lion Printable – California Seals are famous on the coast of California, read more about them with this printable.
Learning About Manatees – We compiled a huge list of resources, printables sand activities to learn more about this gentle giant. Here in Florida, there are many state parks you can visit where you can meet manatees as they come in the spring during winter.
Lesson 4: Aquatic Herps
Sea Turtle Life Cycle Unit Study – Your little ones will love learning about the life cycle of a sea turtle with this unit study.
Salamander Life Cycle – Salamanders are really cool amphibians that are very interesting. Study more about their life cycle with this free printable.
Resources for Learning about Sea Turtles – With only seven different species and many being threatened or endangered, learning about sea turtles and how to protect them is a fascinating study for kids of all ages.
Turtle Unit Study – Study about turtles with this fun unit study.
Frogs Lapbook – Read more about frogs and document what you have learned with this printable lapbbook.
Loads of Toads Amphibians Lapbook – Toads are amphibians that the Bible talks a lot about. Learn more about these amphibians and create your own lapbook.
Frogs and Toads Venn Diagram – This cut and paste activity will help your children sort the difference between frogs and toads.
Lesson 5: Primeval Reptiles
Elasmosaurous Plesiosaur Coloring Page – This is a fun coloring page about a water dinosaur.
Icthyosaurs Coloring Page – More fun coloring pages on primeval water reptiles with large teeth similar to a shark.
Printables to Help Your Kids Learn About Reptiles – If you are exploring reptiles this homeschool year, then grab these printables to help your kids learn about reptiles right alongside your studies.
Lesson 6: Fish
Label the Fish Anatomy Printable – Your children will read the definitions of the anatomy of a fish then label it with this printable.
Fish Unit Study – This is a fun, interactive fish unit study with online printables and activities for a mini notebook.
Life Cycle of a Fish Worksheet – Help your kids learn about the life cycle of a fish with this free worksheet.
Fish Themed Printables – With these fish themed printables, children will also be practicing or reviewing important math and literacy skills as well as increasing their knowledge of animal science.
Types of Fish Guided Drawing – Help your children learn about ten of the many kinds of fish around the world with this FREE Types of Fish Guided Drawing unit.
More Printables to Help Your Kids Learn About Fish – If your kids love the ocean and are curious about all types of fish, then grab these printables to help your kids learn about fish this homeschool year.
Lesson 7: Sharks and Rays
35+ Shark Themed Printables and Activities – Check out all these fun shark themed printables, activities and crafts all in one place.
Rays Diagram Sheet – Learn about the anatomy of a ray with this diagram worksheet.
Manta Ray Printout – The manta ray is the largest ray in the ocean. Learn more with this printable.
Free Shark Themed Worksheets – Free Shark Themed Printables that could easily be incorporated into your homeschool studies, shark unit or to help improve math and literacy skills.
Printable Baby Shark Coloring Pages – Shark Week in my home is loads of fun. Add some Shark Week fun in your homeschool with printable baby shark coloring pages. Even your little ones will get in on all the shark fun!
Lesson 8: Crustaceans
Copepod Printout – Printable about the anatomy of this little crustacean.
Crab Printable – Diagram this cute 10 legged animal that walks sideways.
Fiddler Crab Label Me Diagram – Label the fiddler crab with the vocabulary words.
Krill Printable – Learn about these crustaceans that have an important part in the ocean food web.
Lobster Printable – Diagram and label the information sheet about the lobster.
Shrimp Printable – Shrimp have 5 legs and 5 swimmerets. Label and diagram the difference.
Horseshoe Crab Printable – A horseshoe crab is an armored hard shell crab. Learn about their diet and diagram their body parts.
Lesson 9: Mollusks
Clam Printable – Diagram and learn about the clam with this printable.
Oyster Labeling Sheet – Label the different parts of the oyster and learn about pearls.
Atlantic Bay Scallop Printable – Scallops have hard shells and soft scales. Learn and label the difference.
Queen Conch Shell Printable – A conch is a gorgeous shell that people love to collect on the beach. It is also home to an animal. Label it with this printable.
Oyster Printable – Oysters area a big food source for many animals and people. Find out more with this printable.
Lesson 10: Cephalapods
Blue Ring Octopus Printable – Learn about the deadliest octopus in the ocean with this printable coloring diagram.
Squid Printable – Label the squid body parts.
Cuttlefish Printable – Printable labeling diagram and information on the cuttlefish.
Squid External Diagram – Blank worksheet to label the exterior of a squid with the vocabulary words.
Octopus Printable – Large octopus labeling sheet to color.
Lesson 11: Echinoderms
Brittle Star Printable – A brittle star is an interesting spiny sea star. Diagram the anatomy with this printable.
Purple Sea Urchin Printable – Purple sea urchin printable diagram anatomy sheet.
Sand Dollar Printable – Sand dollars are beautiful sea animals. Learn about what they eat and their predators with this informational sheet.
Sea Cucumbers Printable – Printable diagram and labeling sheet of a sea cucumber.
Common Sea Stars Printable– View the differences between the top and bottom of a sea star and the larva.
Lesson 12: Cindarians
Jellyfish Lapbook – Jellyfish are fascinating creatures of the ocean. Document what your children have learned with these lapbook printables.
Lifecycle of the Jelly Fish – Printable infographic coloring sheet of the lifecyle of a Medusa jellyfish.
Coral Reef Lapbook – The coral reef is home to many cindarians. Your kids will enjoy putting together this colorful lapbook.
Coral Polyp Printable – Label the coral polyp worksheet.
Sea Anenome Internal Anatomy – Label the internal anatomy of this predator that looks like a beautiful sea flower.
Animals of the Coral Reefs Printables – Are you learning about ocean habitats in your homeschool? Your children will enjoy learning about coral reefs with these free animals of the coral reefs printables.
Lesson 13: Other Interesting Aquatic Animals
Sponge Information Page – Lots of printables about different types of sponges with diagrams and information.
Cuttlefish Printable – Learn about this interesting and intelligent water animal with this printable sheet.
Zooplankton Information Sheet – Learn about the different types of zooplankton with this information sheet.
External Anatomy Labeling of a Sponge – Label the external anatomy of a sponge and how water flows through it.
Sponge Internal Anatomy Labeling Sheet – Cross section labeling diagram of the internal anatomy of a sea sponge.
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!