Zoo Unit Study and Lapbook

Free Zoo Unit Study & Lapbook

School will be back in session soon, and the afternoon is usually a great, low-traffic time for homeschoolers to visit the zoo! You can spend an entire week (or more!) learning about the zoo with Homeschool Share’s unit study and lapbook.

FREE Zoo Unit Study and Lapbook

Here are some optional extras to add even more educational opportunities for you!

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My Visit to the Zoo by Aliki
If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo by Mary Jean Hendrick
Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo by Karma Wilson
Zany Zoo by William Wise
Zoo by Gail Gibbons

Arts and Crafts

Paper Elephant Craft

Draw a Zany Zoo from Art for Small Hands

This is a fantastic art lesson where students combine three (or more) different animals to create a new animal.

Zany Zoo Animal from Art for Small Hands

Whimsical Giraffes and Zebras from Deep Space Sparkle

Zebra and Giraffe Art from Deep Space Sparkle

Create a Zoo Map from Let’s Explore

Create a Zoo Map from Let's Explore

Zoo Animal Art Project (inspired by Yuko Lau) by Kids and Glitter

At the Zoo Project from Kids and Glitter

Food Fun

Zoo Craft Snack by All My Little Gems

Zoo Craft & Snack from My Little Gems

Website

The San Diego Zoo has an amazing website that includes animal cams, animal sounds, fun facts, and more! Be sure to explore it during your zoo adventures!

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Coral Reef Unit and Lapbook

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Coral Reef Unit Study and Lapbook from Homeschool Share

Have you vacationed yet this summer? Are you dreaming of the beach or an ocean adventure? Maybe you won’t make it that far, but you can experience some amazing summer learning with our Coral Reefs Unit Study and Lapbook. Explore the deep blue from your home with these books, lessons, lapbook, art activities, and snack.

Lapbook

Start your study with Homeschool Share’s free Coral Reef Lapbook (includes lessons).

Free Coral Reef Study and Lapbook

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Nonfiction Books

One Small Square Coral Reef by Donald Silver and Patricia Wynne
Coral Reefs by Gail Gibbons
DK Publishing 24 Hours Coral Reef
Life in a Coral Reef by Wendy Pfeffer

Art & Craft Projects

Clay Sea Rocks

complete lesson on K-6 Art

Clay Sea Rocks Lesson from K-6 Art

Colored Chalk Coral Reefs

lesson found at Crayola.com

Oceans Scenes and Coral Reefs from Crayola.com

Clownfish Art Project

free lesson from Home Art Studio‘s 5th Grade Curriculum

Polymer Clay Coral Reefs

from Megh Callie’s Art Blog

Polymer Clay Coral Reefs

Cardboard Coral Reef Sculpture

by Elementary Art Fun

Coral Reef Cardboard Sculpture by Elementary Art Fun

Sea Snack

Gone Fishing Snack

by Blue Skies Ahead

Gone Fishing Snack from Blue Skies Ahead

Rabbit Unit Study and Lapbook

FREE Rabbit Unit Study

Spring is coming, and it’s the perfect time to plan a rabbit unit study! You can start with Homeschool Share’s free unit study and lapbook. Simply pick and choose the lessons and printables you would like for your student to complete.

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Next, you should add in a dose of good literature from your library. Here are my top picks!

Rabbit Unit Study Library List

Fiction Books:

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Nonfiction Books:

Rabbits, Rabbits, and More Rabbits by Gail Gibbons
Rabbits, Squirrels, and Chipmunks: Take-Along Guide by Mel Boring

Read Aloud Books:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

 

Arts and Crafts

You can also pick and choose some fun projects to add to your study.

Rabbit Painting

(Eric Carle collage style) found at Crafty Morning

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Origami Rabbit

Painted Bunny Art Lesson

from Deep Space Sparkle

Painted Bunnies from Deep Space Sparkle

Food Fun

Hard Boiled Bunny

from Five Heart Home

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Funny Bunny Cracker

from Little Food Junction

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Rabbit Cupcake

from Creations by Kara

Bunny Cupcake from Creations by Kara

More Unit Studies and Printables!

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Looking for more? You can find nine rabbit themed unit studies at Homeschool Share. If you are looking for something for your preschooler or upper elementary student, we have it!

Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year is celebrated to welcome in the Chinese spring. Legend has it that a monster slept throughout the year, but arose on the new year day to consume large amounts of food. The people discovered that the monster was afraid of bright lights, loud noises, and the color red. Thus, the Chinese New Year traditions of lighting lanterns, setting off firecrackers, and wearing the color red were begun.

The Chinese calendar is lunar, based on the phases of the moon. Every year is symbolized by one of twelve animals. This New Year is the Year of the Goat. Chinese New Year in 2015 begins at the new moon on February 19th and ends with the full moon on March 6th.

As Christians, we should be cautious of propagating unscriptural practices, such as astrology, focus on monetary wealth, gambling with mah-jong, pleasing “gods”, and other superstitious practices. Here are some fun ideas that are not unscriptural.

Spring Cleaning

Ok, maybe this one isn’t so fun, and unless you are actually in China, it isn’t quite spring yet. Spring cleaning is symbolic of fresh starts and new beginnings. Why not focus on an internal cleaning, referring to this verse:

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Family Reunion Dinner

During the Chinese New Year, families visit together and exchange gifts such as oranges. A reunion dinner is prepared, fish being a must on the menu. Chinese tradition has it that some fish must be left on the plate. Does this remind your child of another meal of fish?

“He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.” Mark 6:37-44

Becoming New

As in America, a New Year is a time to reflect on ways to improve ourselves, and set our minds and hearts to making these changes. Encourage your children to “become new”.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Refrain from Fighting

It is a Chinese tradition to start out the New Year without any arguments or bickering. Refraining from fighting for the 15 day New Years celebration will establish a good habit for the rest of the year. Inspire your children:

“Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (HCSB)

Lanterns

Remember the monster that was afraid of light? You can make and decorate your house with Paper Lanterns, reminding your children that everything dark and evil is exposed by light.

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Wear Red

While the Chinese wear red to scare off the mythical monster, red symbolizes something very real to Christians:

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:12-14

Learn About China

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Download and complete a FREE China Lapbook from Homeschool Share.

Learn About Goats

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Download and complete a FREE Goat Lapbook from Homeschool Share.

Share

Pick a picture book or two about Chinese culture to share with your young children.

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Round is a Mooncake Free Unit Study

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The Empty Pot Free Unit Study and Lapbook

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Love as Strong as Ginger Free Unit Study

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Daisy Comes Home Free Unit Study

Pray

As you learn about Chinese New Year, why not pray for our oppressed brothers and sisters in Christ, living in China. You can read about Christians in China HERE.

Enjoy your Chinese New Year,

Homeschool Share style!

Dolphin Unit Study and Lapbook

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FREE Dolphin Unit Study and Lapbook

Next month (March) is Dolphin Awareness Month. You can start planning now for a fun study with your students!

Dolphin Lapbook and Lessons at Homeschool Share

FREE Dolphin Lapbook and Unit Study

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Nonfiction Books

Dolphin Talk: Whistles, Clicks, and Clapping Jaws by Wendy Pfeffer

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Dolphins and Sharks by Mary Pope Osborne

Dolphin Baby! by Nicola Davies (Read and Wonder Series)

Read Aloud Books & Possible Readers

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Dolphin Adventure by Wayne Grover

Dolphin Treasure by Wayne Grover

Arts and Crafts

Leaping Dolphins

from Highlights for Kids

Leaping Dolphin Craft

 

Learn to Draw a Dolphin

at Activity Village

Learn to Draw a Dolphin

Printable Dolphin Craft

from Learn Create Love

Dolphin Craft from Learn Create Love

Dolphin Coloring Pages

from Itsy Bitsy Fun

Dolphin Coloring Pages from Itsy Bitsy Fun

Food Fun

Banana Dolphin Snacks

instructions found at makezine.com

Dolphin Bananas

Even More Learning!

Websites to Visit

National Geographic Kids: Bottlenose Dolphin

Wild Kratts Dolphin Game

Sheppard Software: Dolphins

Movies to Watch

Dolphin Tale

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