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Zoology 2 Textbook


Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures is part of Apologia’s award-winning Young Explorer Series designed for elementary students. God filled Earth’s waters with amazing marine creatures of all sizes. In this course, your student will explore the unique characteristics of swimming creatures of all sizes, and better understand the environments they live in.

Recommended Course Grade Level: K-6th

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Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day is a homeschool science curriculum for elementary students. In this course, you and your student will explore the wonders of the swimming creatures and the waters they live in. From primeval plesiosaurus’, whales, and sea turtles to sea snails, coral, and plankton, your student’s understanding of swimming creatures will come to life as they engage in this Zoology 2 curriculum filled with vivid graphics, interactive lessons, and hands-on projects. 

Curriculum Overview

In Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Zoology 2 course, your student will adventure through the waters of the Earth as they learn about aquatic animals and their environments. They’ll dive deeper into zoology as they investigate elements of marine life, aqua mobility, filter feeders, currents, fresh water, salt water, the Continental Shelf, and abyssal animals. They’ll also gain a deep understanding of whales, seals and sea cows, aquatic herps, reptiles and amphibians, primeval reptiles, fish anatomy and their stages of life, sharks and rays, crustaceans, trilobites, mollusks, sponges, sea squirts, leeches, flatworms, and much more! 

The creatures your student studies will come to life as they create their own “Ocean Box” (a miniature hand-crafted aquarium) with replicas of the sea creatures they study. When your student completes this study of zoology, they will never view the ocean in the same way again.

Lesson Plans and Materials

There are 13 lessons in this one-year Zoology 2 course. Detailed lesson plans as well as a suggested daily schedule are included in the Notebooking Journals. This will set you and your student up for success as they work through the course, while also providing flexibility to meet the needs of your student and your family.

This course covers the following lessons:

  • Aquatic animals: Aqua Mobility, Filter Feeders, Currents, Fresh Water, Salt Water, The Continental Shelf, Abyssal Animals
  • Whales
  • Seals and Sea Cows
  • Aquatic Herps: Ectotherms, Turtles, Sea Snakes
  • Reptiles vs Amphibians
  • Primeval Reptiles
  • Fish: Bony Fish, Gills, Fins, Stages of Life
  • Sharks and Rays
  • Crustaceans: Exoskeletons, Lobsters, Crayfish, Crabs, Shrimp, Barnacles, Trilobites
  • Mollusks
  • Cephalopods
  • Echinoderms
  • Cnidarians
  • Sponges, Sea Squirts, Leeches, Flatworms

Detailed lesson plans, as well as a suggested daily schedule, are included in the Notebooking Journal (sold separately).

Hands-on Activities and Experiments

Some of the activities and experiments your student will complete include creating a miniature hand-crafted aquarium, creating replicas of swimming creatures, trying on blubber, investigating a shark’s ability to sense electrical currents, exploring a whale’s ability to hear far-off sounds, and discovering which creatures make the best fossils. 

Meet the Author

Jeannie Fulbright

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Fun read

We are doing the swimming creatures of the 5th day, and we LOVE it! The text is a fun read, and my kiddos really enjoy the notebooking journals!


Points to our Creator

Favorite part is it points to God, our Creator. The journals are an awesome way for our kids to process and show what they are learning and in their own way! It was exciting to learn so many new things.


Completed with a group of families

We used the Swimming Creatures last year with a group of several families. It was so fun doing it together, and the kids all LOVED it!


Future marine biologist

My marine biologist in-the-making begged to do science first today. He’s currently creating a shark to put inside his ocean box of all the models he has made so far this year. I absolutely LOVE how much Elijah loves science. School can be a struggle with him sometimes, but the Apologia curriculum is the one subject he never puts up a fight about. The beauty of homeschool is finding something your child is passionate about and tailoring your learning around it.

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 8.75 × 0.8 in







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