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It’s NOT an Okapi, It’s A Gnu!

It’s NOT an Okapi, It’s A Gnu!


When you go to clean your room, you probably get everything out and put like items together in the same space: all my socks go here, all my books go here, and so on. Zoologists do the same thing, but they break it down into even smaller pieces: all my red socks go here, all my toeless socks go here (just kidding!), and so on. While they sort, they find some pretty wild types of animals with strange characteristics: glowing turtles, fish without eyes, fish with legs, transparent frogs. Join us as we explore the wildlife of the world and learn how scientists organize and classification animal species. We’ll learn about the Latin binomial system of naming animals and how dichotomous keys are read and made. It will be a safari adventure!


  • Minimum recommended age: 9
  • Instructor: Ms. Makayla Clement
  • Wednesdays, 10:15-11:15 AM ET
  • 7 classes
  • September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25


Makayla Clement graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science Teaching. She focuses on using a wide variety of teaching methods to ensure that students of all learning types can comprehend and enjoy the material being taught. She has many science-related hobbies including bug collecting, rock collecting/jewelry-making, and botany. She also loves music and teaches beginning to intermediate piano. She has three busy children, a supportive husband, a quirky tortoise, and a snake.


Teaching style: video lessons, worksheets, research projects, discussion groups


Student & Parent Reviews for Ms. Makayla:

  • I have a somewhat difficult to teach child and she loves learning from Ms. Makayla at The Thinking Kid. Her knowledge of Bugs grew tremendously in just one week of camp! Thank you so much for your time and dedication. We look forward to many more adventures with The Thinking Kid. -Jennifer, parent

  • I very much enjoy Mrs. Makayla’s classes. She really knows the subjects she’s teaching and I can tell that she loves teaching them to others. She is funny, kind, and patient with her students. -Abigail, student