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Zoology 1 Textbook


In this God-honoring study of birds, your child learns about the glorious design and characteristics of flying creatures, including physical characteristics, nesting habits, flight patterns, and more! Your children will learn how to attract various bird species to your yard and identify them by looking at their special physical characteristics, diverse nests, and interesting domestic practices.

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I never enjoyed science, until teaching Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 to my kids

I was never much a fan of science class growing up and believed it would be drudgery forever. As a homeschool mom I really struggled to find a curriculum that not only worked for my children, but for me, their teacher. I knew if I couldn’t be engaged, they couldn’t be either. But we are three days in to Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day, and I find myself excited to teach the lesson and answer questions. In some ways, I’m learning right alongside my kids, but we’re all loving it. Thank you Apologia!


Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures is a homeschool science course for elementary grades K-6  and part of our Young Explorer Series authored by Jeannie Fulbright. For over 11 years in a row, The Young Explorer Series has been voted the #1 homeschool science for elementary grades.

In this book, your children will begin exploring the dynamics of flight and animal classification, understanding why the design we see in these incredible creatures points us to our Creator God. Then, get ready for the exciting adventure of learning about birds. Your children will learn how to attract various bird species to your yard and identify them by looking at their special physical characteristics, diverse nests, and interesting domestic practices. They will also learn anatomy and the glorious design that enables birds to do remarkable things. The text contains actual experiments on the preferences and habits of the birds your children see. These experiments further enrich the learning experience.

After becoming amateur ornithologists, your children will explore the world of chiropterology, which is the study of bats. They will be able to intelligently share with others the value of bats in our world while exposing the misconceptions that most people have regarding these docile creatures of the night. Your children will then investigate entomology, the study of insects. They will learn to scientifically classify insects they find in their yard by a simple glance at their wings and other important characteristics. In addition to designing experiments with flies, crickets, darkling moths, and caterpillars, they will also learn how to attract and catch insects for scientific study.

When your children complete this study of zoology, they will never view nature in the same way again. Their eyes will be open to the different species that live in their midst, enjoying and understanding nature to the fullest. Vacations will become educational experiences as they notice birds and insects inhabiting the areas they visit. By learning to keep a field journal, they will be able to notice unusual circumstances or sudden increases in bird or insect populations. They will become true scientists as they come to know nature and the fascinating world that God created. 

What Does Zoology 1: Flying Creatures Cover?

There are 13 lessons included in this one-year Zoology 1 course. A detailed daily lesson plan is included in the Notebooking Journals.

Lesson topics include:

  • Explanation of Zoology: Animal classification, Latin, Binomial Nomenclature, Instinct, Extinction
  • Flight, Drag, Airfoil
  • Identifying Birds, Field Marks
  • Bird Behavior, Habitat, Territory
  • Communication and Calls
  • Types of Feathers
  • Flight, Migration, Flocks
  • Nesting
  • Hatching
  • Bats
  • Flying Reptiles
  • Insects
  • Beetles, Flies, True Bugs
  • Interesting Insects
  • Order Lepidoptera

What Do I Need to Use This Homeschool Zoology 1 Course?

 To complete this Zoology 1 course, we recommend the hard-cover textbook and spiral Notebooking Journal (grades 4-6) or the Junior Notebooking Journal for early elementary ages or children with limited writing skills.

This Zoology 1 course for elementary grades is packed with a variety of hands-on activities, experiments, and projects. These can be completed with household materials. You can view the complete list of lab supplies by clicking the button below. 

What Are Some of the Activities in This Zoology 1 Course?

The activities and projects use easy-to-find household items and truly make the lessons come alive!

A sampling of the course projects include:

  • Designing and experimenting with gliders
  • Crafting a field notebook
  • Building a suet feeder and building a seed feeder
  • Testing which colors attract birds
  • Creating a birdbath
  • Constructing a birdhouse
  • Making a fossil egg
  • And much more

What is the Daily Schedule for Zoology 1?

We have provided a detailed daily schedule for Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 in the front of each Notebooking Journal and Junior Notebooking Journal. This schedule outlines what to read and what activities to complete, as it fits your family’s needs.

We recommend that you spend the entire school year covering this book, devoting approximately two sessions per week to the course.


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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 8.75 × 0.8 in







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