Archives for February 2016

Wildlife Lapbooks for Your Animal Lover!

Do you have a young animal lover? National Wildlife Week is coming!

The 2016 celebration, which will take place March 14-19, has a theme of Members Matter: Working Together for Wildlife. Throughout the week, the National Wildlife Federation will highlight members and programs that have made a positive difference for wildlife in areas across the nation, from helping to preserve polar bear habitat to planting milkweed for monarch butterflies.

Learn about wildlife with these 20 FREE animal studies & lapbooks from Homeschool Share

You can celebrate with the National Wildlife Federation, and you can also learn more about some amazing animals! I give you permission to ditch your science books for a week and let your student choose one of our free animal study lapbooks to dig deeper about wildlife.

Bears Animal Study & Lapbook

Beaver Animal Study & Lapbook

Butterflies Animal Study & Lapbook

Chipmunk Animal Study & Lapbook

Deer Animal Study & Lapbook

Dolphin Animal Study & Lapbook

Ducks Animal Study & Lapbook

Eagle Animal Study & Lapbook

Fox Animal Study & Lapbook

Freshwater Turtle Animal Study & Lapbook

Gray Wolf Animal Study & Lapbook

Hedgehog Animal Study & Lapbook

Honeybee Animal Study & Lapbook

Prairie Dogs Animal Study & Lapbook

Rabbit Animal Study & Lapbook

Raccoon Animal Study & Lapbook

Salmon Animal Study & Lapbook

Sea Turtle Animal Study & Lapbook

Storks Animal Study & Lapbook

Whales Animal Study & Lapbook

Enjoy studying these animals during National Wildlife Week or ANY time!

My Body Homeschool Co-op Class

Read great books, exercise, sing, lapbook, dance–this My Body preschool and kindergarten science class has it all!

My Body Homeschool Co-op Class for Preschool and Kindergarten from Homeschool Share

Using the FREE My Body Lapbook as my base, I put together a co-op class for preschool and kindergarten. I only used parts of the lapbook, but all the pages you need to print are noted in the weekly lessons.

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A few notes about the lessons:

  • All the songs and finger plays (except for “Skeleton Dance”) are included in a mini-book found in the lapbook file.
  • Use these ABC Exercise Cards at the end of each class if you have additional time, or use during the class if kids need a moment to work out some wiggles!
  • This outline includes ideas for nine weeks. You could easily add more ideas if your co-op meets for more than 9 weeks (a week for eyes, a week for the five senses, a week for germs/staying well, etc.).

Week 1: Hands
Sing “The Hokey Pokey”
Sing “Parts That Bend”
Read My Hands by Aliki
Make “My Hands” mini-book and trace student’s hands inside (pages 27-28 in the lapbook file)
Read and sing If You’re Happy and You Know It
Read Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr.
Let students use their hands to make a healthy snack!

Week 2: Feet
Sing “The Hokey Pokey”
Sing “Parts That Bend”
Read My Feet by Aliki
Create a Foot Print Art Project
Sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Make “Measuring Up” mini-book (page 14 in the lapbook file)
Read The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

Week 3: Ears & Nose
Sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
“Five Fingers” Fingerplay
Play with the “Nose Rhymes” cards and add the pocket to the lapbooks (pages 7-9 in lapbook file)
Hide things in brown bags that have strong smells (orange, cinnamon, chocolate, etc.); play a guessing game with the kids.
Read The Ear Book by Al Perkins
Sing “Do Your Ears Hang Low?”
Cook popcorn together and listen to it pop, pop, pop!

Week 4: Teeth
Ask a dentist or a dental assistant to visit your class, if you want.
“Five Fingers” Fingerplay
Sing “This Is the Way”
Read How Many Teeth by Paul Showers
Make “How to Brush My Teeth” mini-book (pages 44-45 in lapbook file)
Read The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
Make Apple Smile snacks

Week 5: Taking Care of Me!
Sing “This Is the Way”
Sing “The Hokey Pokey”
Make “Taking Care of Me” mini-book (pages 42-43 in lapbook file)
Read I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
Discuss exercise as one way to take care of yourself and then make “On the Move” mini-book
(print pages 17, 19-21 *page 18 is not needed; you will not add “people”)
Act out the Animal Exercises from the above mini-book
Read Sleep is for Everyone by Paul Showers
Serve children a healthy snack

Week 6: Bones
Sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Sing “Parts That Bend”
Read Outside In by Claire Smallman
Do the Skeleton Dance!
Make “Name Those Bones” mini-book (page 38 in lapbook file)
Make “I Have . . .” mini-book (page 62-65 in lapbook file)
Assemble the Life Size Juvenile Homo sapiens puzzle (depending on your class size, you may want to have two puzzles printed on two different colors of paper)
Prepare bones (pretzel sticks with mini-marshmallows on the ends and dipped in white chocolate) and serve to the kids

Week 7: Heart
Sing “The Hokey Pokey”
Read Hear Your Heart by Paul Showers
If possible, borrow a stethoscope and listen to heart beats
Read The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell
Make “Keep Your Hearth Healthy” accordion mini-book (page 22 in lapbook)
Take a walk together to practice keeping your heart healthy!
Let the children prepare a snack by cutting watermelon, cantaloupe, or cheese with heart shaped cookie cutters.

Week 8: Brain
Sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Review or re-read Outside In by Claire Smallman
Make “Areas of My Brain” mini-book (pages 35-26 in lapbook); discuss that different parts of the brain do different things
Trace outline of each student on to butcher paper. Paste on the images: brain, heart, lungs, and intestines (pages 49-51). Discuss the parts of the body.
Serve a healthy snack.

Week 9: Review
Sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Sing “Parts That Bend”
Make “Body Part Riddles” mini-book (pages 70-72 in the lapbook file)
Sing “This Is the Way”
Sing “The Hokey Pokey”
Play “Body Counting Game” and add to lapbook (pages 73-76 in the lapbook file)
Serve a Veggie Skeleton for a snack!

Have you used Homeschool Share to teach a co-op class? We would love to hear about it!

Tea Time with Roy Lichtenstein

Roy_LichtensteinRoy Lichtenstein by Eric Koch

Roy Lichtenstein was born October 27, 1923 in New York City.  As a child, he was interested in science and art, and after studying art in college, he became an art teacher.  At this time, Abstract Expressionism was very popular and much of his early work was in this style, but one day he made a large painting of a cartoon with Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.  Not only was this painting very different from his previous work, but he tried very hard to make it look like a printed image instead of a painting, even going so far as to paint Ben-Day dots on the picture.

Lichtenstein made more paintings based on comic books and advertisements and took his work to an art dealer.  Right around this same time, an artist named Andy Warhol also brought his work to the same dealer, who realized this was a big change for the art world!  Lichtenstein’s work was not well received at first because most people didn’t understand Pop Art and what he was trying to do.  As time passed, though, people began to see that these weren’t just copies of comic book panels; they were original creations that were interesting and fun to look at.  By the time he passed away in 1997, Roy Lichtenstein was a very successful artist.

Lichtenstein BooksThere are some great books on Roy Lichtenstein that are geared toward kids.  We enjoyed:

3We tried making comic balloons following the plans at Kids Artists.  The words took a fair amount of time, so we did this project over two sessions.

4We made Lichtenstein-inspired landscapes based on this activity from Rainy Day Mum.  Instead of dot markers, though, we used pencil erasers in ink to make nice, uniform dots.

5My favorite project was the Lichtenstein Style Portraits from Art Projects for Kids.  There is a template there to download, so you just draw the picture and color in the dots.  It is time consuming–you can see I never got mine completed!–but it was fun to do.

6This is the one my five year old did!

If you’re looking for more project ideas, try this low prep activity at Art History Kids.  All you have to do is print the page and go!

7I always like to take my kids to see some of the artist’s work in person if I can, so when we studied Roy Lichtenstein we took a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  If you are ever in the area, this museum is full of amazing artists.  We love it!

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And if you’re not near any museums with Lichtenstein’s work, don’t worry!  My son came back from the restroom at Red Robin one day and informed me that there was a Lichtenstein in the back hallway and sure enough, there was!  I’ve made a point to look at every location we’ve visited and I’ve always found at least one, so take a lunch field trip and see if you can find one!

Lady Liberty: A Biography

A Book Worth Reading: Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport (book review from the Homeschool Share Blog)

Over one hundred years ago, a group of French men joined together and discussed a 100th birthday gift to America. The two countries had a history of friendship, even to the point of French soldiers joining in the fight for American independence. After a decade, the discussion led to concrete plans for the Statue of Liberty, and the story of how she came to be is told through the eyes of many of the different people involved in the process in Lady Liberty: A Biography.

Doreen Rappaport begins by sharing the story of her grandfather, a Latvian immigrant more than a century ago, who saw the Statue of Liberty as he first came to his new home. She then tells the story of how the statue came to be, from the first thoughts of a gift from France to America to the design and the construction and all the way to the unveiling of the completed statue in 1886. There are well-known people in the stories, like Gustave Eiffel and Emma Lazarus, as well as lesser known individuals who had a hand in bringing the dream of Lady Liberty to life. To complete the collection of perspectives, the author finished by including quotes from different immigrants about their first thoughts on seeing the Statue of Liberty. Also included in the back of the book are different dates and statistics related to the statue that your fact collectors will love!

Of course we’ve all seen pictures of the Statue of Liberty, but illustrator Matt Tavares manages to help us see this well known monument with fresh eyes. The statue is shown in various stages of construction and completion. I especially like the picture looking down into the statue as workers climb the scaffolding and hang from ropes to do their jobs. Tavares also shows many of the individuals in their everyday lives. With the last vignette there is a fold out picture of the completed statue that is beautiful and helps younger readers gain more perspective on the size.

We all know the facts about the Statue of Liberty, but Lady Liberty: A Biography brings those facts to life for readers!

Note: You can find a free printable lapbook for this title at Homeschool Share!

Lady Liberty: A Biography Lapbook Printables from Homeschool Share

Homes for Birds

This week is Homes for Birds Week (February 7-13)–a great reason to explore these learning opportunities with your students!

The second week of February is National Homes for Birds Week. Craft, build, book, play, and cook with these wonderful bird home activities! from Homeschool Share

Create a Bird Notebook

Start your Bird Study with Homeschool Share’s Backyard Bird Notebook.

FREE Backyard Birds Notebook Pages and Lapbook Templates from Homeschool Share

This FREE resource includes 21 printables pages of mini-books you can pick and choose from as you study the birds in your neighborhood.

Homes for Birds Play

You can invite your children to build, pretend, and play with bird’s nests!

Invitation to Build a Bird Nest from Munchkins and Moms
Invitation to Build a Bird Nest from Munchkins and Moms
Building Nests: Six Creative Pretend Play Ideas
from Craftulate
Building Play Nests from Craftulate
Play-doh Bird’s Nest from Fantastic Fun and LearningBird Nest Playdoh Invitation from Fanastic Fun and Learning

Homes for Birds Crafts & Cooking

Try some of these fun crafts & cooking projects.

Simple Paper Plate Nests from Mum in the Madhouse
Simple Paper Plate Nest from Mum in the Mad House
Easy Bird House Craft from Artsy Momma

Wooden Bird House Craft for Kids from Artsy Momma
Chocolate Cornflake Nests from Mum in the Madhouse

Chocolate Cornflake Nest from Mum in the Madhouse

Help the Birds

During Homes for Birds Week, you can do something really special for the birds! Build a bird house or help the birds by providing nesting material.

DIY Build a Bird Nest with these plans from Planet Smarty Pants
DIY Build a Birdhouse for Kids from Planet Smarty Pants
Build a Birdhouse (buy a kit) Build a Bird HouseBird Nesting Material Activity from Craftulate
If you don’t have the energy or resources to build a bird house, you can still help the birds by giving them materials to build a nest.
Bird Nesting Material Activity from Craftulate
Help the Birds Build Their Nests from What Do We Do All Day?
Help the Birds Build Their Nests from What Do We Do All Day?
Looking for more bird ideas? Follow our Bird School board on Pinterest.

 

The second week of February is National Homes for Birds Week. Craft, build, book, play, and cook with these wonderful bird home activities! from Homeschool Share

Kung Fu Panda Inspired Learning

Are your kids Kung Fu Panda fans? Jazz up your homeschool lessons with some Kung Fu Panda inspired learning! Homeschool Share offers lots of free resources to help you on your way.

In preparation to go see Kung Fu Panda 3 at the theater, my boys and I re-watched Kung Fu Panda 2 last weekend.

About ten minutes in to the show, I realized, “Hey! We have a Panda Lapbook at Homeschool Share; I should probably mention that on Facebook.” And then I tried to make a mental list of the Furious Five. I asked the boys to rattle them off. “Tiger, Mantis, Viper, Monkey, Crane.”

I tried to make another mental list. Do we have lapbooks for ALL of these Kung Fu Panda animals on Homeschool Share?

Panda? Yes! One of our first-ever animal studies was the Giant Panda Lapbook.

Giant Panda Animal Study and Lapbook at Homeschool Share

Tigress? Yep. Here is our Tiger Lapbook.

Tiger Animal Study and Lapbook at Homeschool Share

Mantis? Check-check. We have a Mantis Lapbook.

Praying Mantis Animal Study and Lapbook at Homeschool Share
Viper? Well, we have a Snake Lapbook, and it mentions vipers. Good enough.

Snake Animal Study and Lapbook at Homeschool Share

Monkey? Yessiree. Monkey Lapbook. If you want to learn more about the species seen in the movie, research Gee’s Golden Langure.

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Crane?      Crane?      Crane?      Nope.     Sigh.

Really, friends. I had one and only one option: begin the research for a Crane Lapbook. I finished up the new templates last night, and now ask me. Go ahead. Ask.

Crane? Yeehaw! Yes m’am, we have a lapbook!

Cranes Lapbook at Homeschool Share

So, if your kiddos are bananas-bonkers for Kung Fu Panda movies, you might want to ask them which character is a favorite and spend some time learning more about that animal. You could also take a few lapbook pieces from each study and combine them for a big Kung Fu Panda lapbook. And if you have a child who is over the moon about Kung Fu Panda, you could complete all six studies for a ginormo-sized notebook!

And because Homeschool Share is kind of like “The Song That Never Ends,” you can also check out our China Lapbook and our Lapbook-Any-Movie.

I hope “The Song That Never Ends,” isn’t stuck in your head the rest of the day, and I also hope you remember to stop at Homeschool Share to find resources to complement whatever you are studying (even if it isn’t Kung Fu Panda!).

Image credit:
“Golden langur” by The original uploader was Amartyabag at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Ekabhishek using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons