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Holling C. Holling knows how to tell a story, and that’s exactly what he does in Seabird.

The history of America at sea is presented through the travels of Seabird, a carved ivory gull.

So, grab our Seabird Notebook Study and join the ivory bird as he travels through history and over the ocean to learn about a variety of topics.

Seabird Notebook Topics

This Seabird study is based on the book by Holling C. Holling. It includes a huge variety of history, geography, science, and language arts topics for your student to explore.

  • Greenland
  • Nantucket, MA
  • The Andes
  • Hawaii
  • China
  • India
  • How Islands Are Made
  • Kinds of Boats
  • South Pacific
  • The California Gold Rush
  • Glaciers
  • Icebergs
  • Arctic Animals
  • Whale Boats
  • Foreshadowing
  • Vocabulary
  • Characters
  • Vivid Verbs
  • Dialect
  • Painting a Picture with Words
  • Similes
  • Metaphors
  • And more!

Seabird Notebook Directions

Simple directions are given for each chapter for the Seabird notebook. Here is a sample for Chapter 2.

Chapter 2: The Vision in the Snow

1. Begin Ship’s Crew Who’s Who Page. Keep track of the different occupations on board the ship and log them on this page. Your student may have to do some research to learn the responsibilities of each member of the crew. The occupation mentioned in this chapter is Ship’s Boy. 

2. Begin Vivid Verbs Page
A vivid verb is a verb that brings movement and pictures to the mind of your reader. Instead of walk, you can use hopped, waltzed, sauntered, prowled. Instead of eat, you can use gobbled, devoured, or nibbled. Holling does a wonderful job using vivid verbs. Try to find some and log them on the Vivid Verbs page. Add to this log as often as desired.

Some examples from this chapter: blotted, stamped, furled, hovered, soared, gazed, wheeled, swept

3. Research Icebergs

Seabird Notebook Pages

The Seabird notebook study includes a huge variety of notebook pages to use with the research prompts. Here is a sample of what is included for Chapter 2:

  • Vocabulary Page
  • The Crew (Who’s Who?)
  • I Spy Vivid Verbs Activity Page
  • Iceberg Notebook Page

How to Get Started with Your Seabird Notebook Study

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Seabird Notebook Study:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Seabird, or borrow one from your local library.
  2. Print the Seabird Notebook Study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the notebook pages you want to use with your student.
  5. Have a fantastic geography and science adventure!

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