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Seabird Notebooking Pages and Unit Study


Lesson Ideas and Notebooking Pages by Ami Brainerd

Cover Page
Vocabulary Page (print as needed)
Summary Page (print as needed)
Notebooking Pages Chapters 1-11
Notebooking Pages Chapters 12-27
Generic Notebooking Pages to use as desired

Note:  Many of the ideas for this unit are rabbit trails to follow *IF* your student has a particular interest in a subject.  Please do not attempt to do all the pages for all the chapters. 

Chapter 1- The Ivory Gull
1.  Label Map of Greenland
2.  Begin Vocabulary Pages, if desired
3.  Research Glaciers
4.  Choose an arctic animal for a report (or do the notebooking page on arctic animals and choose three to learn a little bit about).   Animal report forms included for most of the animals mentioned in this chapter: White Fox, Polar Bear, Ivory Gull, and Arctic Hare

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.  Teacher-- Try to remember to mention it every few chapters. 
Some examples from this chapter:  blotted, stamped, furled, hovered, soared, gazed, wheeled, swept
3.  Research Icebergs

Chapter 3- Smart Traders
1.  Let your student record what the Eskimo traded and what he received in trade.
2.  Discuss whether or not your student thinks the trade is fair.  If not, who got the better deal?
3.  Walrus Report Form
4.  Research Ivory

Chapter 4- The Ivory Bird Soars
No notebooking pages have been made for this chapter.  Encourage your student to do a chapter summary or some vocabulary pages.

Chapter 5- Seabird Learns About Whales
1.  Whale Venn Diagram OR  choose a whale report form to complete.
2.  Add to the Crew/Ship Occupations page started in chapter 2.

Chapter 6- A Nantucket Sleighride
1.  Research and Learn more about Nantucket
2.  Draw and label a map of Nantucket (notebooking page note included)

Chapter 7- A Gallopin' Fishpole
1. Draw and Label a Whaleboat (this should only be done by a student who is VERY interested in whaleboats)
2. Research Whale Harpooner

Chapter 8- Fin Out
1. Diagram of a whale (notebooking page not included; see links below)
Sperm Whale Label Me! from Enchanted Learning
Baleen Whale Label Me! from Enchanted Learning

Chapter 9- Cutting In
1.  Research and record the various ways the body of a whale is used

Chapter 10- Cleaning Ship
1.  Words that Paint a Picture
Discuss the words/phrases that Holling used to create imagery for the reader.  What part of this chapter is GROSS?  How did the writer make it "gross" for the reader?  Record the words/phrases on the notebook page.
2.  Add cook to your Crew/Ship Occupations page
3.  Discuss dialect.  Re-read the last paragraph on the page in your best accent.  Can your student understand what you are reading?  Let your student translate the passage on his notebook page.  Why would Holling have a character use words this way?  Discuss.  Remind your student to try using different dialects with his own characters in his own writings.

Chapter 11- In the Captain's Cabin
1.  Why did the Doc choose to be the captain of a whaling ship?
2.  Foreshadowing.  Foreshadowing is when an author gives hints or clues of things that will come later in the book.  There is a simple example of this in chapter 11 when the captain tells Ezra that a boy who can carve Seabird can also captain a ship if he sets his mind to it.  Is this a clue as to what will happen later in the book?  Does your student think that Ezra will, one day, be a captain?
Activity:  Eat a meal "from the Orient" with chopsticks

Chapter 12- Islands in the Sea
1.  What is the South Pacific?
2.  How is an island made from a volcano?
3. Many types of boats have been mentioned.  Does your student remember them?   Consider letting him research various types of boats.

Chapter 13- The Changing Years
1.  Do a chapter summary for this chapter.   Ask your student "How has Ezra's life changed?"

Chapter 14- Timber, Sticks, String
1.  Don't forget to add to your Vivid Verbs Chart. 
2.  Similes and Metaphors
Is your student familiar with similes and metaphors?  What are they?  What is the difference?  Discuss each one.  Add similes and metaphors to the notebook pages as you find them in the text. 
metaphor- describing one thing as if it were another (a comparison)
simile- a comparison of two unlike things, typically marked by use of "like" or "as"

Chapter 15
No notebooking pages have been made for this chapter.  Encourage your student to do a chapter summary or some vocabulary pages.

Chapter 16- Shifting Shadows
1.  Why did Ezra make his son, Nathaniel, a Cabin Boy? (notebooking page not included)
2.  Find the simile(s) and add to your simile/metaphor page
3.  Doldrums Map

Chapter 17- Lines, WInds, and Waves
1. South America- The Horn

Chapter 18- Good Luck and Bad
1.  Andes Mountains
2.  California Gold Rush
3.  Imaginary Lines Map

Chapter 19- The Sea is an Enemy
No notebooking pages have been made for this chapter.  Encourage your student to do a chapter summary or some vocabulary pages.

Chapter 20- The Sea is a Friend
1. Hawaii Facts
2. Hawaii Map
3. Discuss the contrasting title chapters (the title for chapter 19 with the title for chapter 20)

Chapter 21- Magic Can Be Spun From Simple Things
1.  China Map
2.  Words to Describe China
Holling gives many fascinating words/descriptions of China.  Let your student record them on the notebook page. 

Chapter 22- The Age of Sail Dies Slowly
1. Compare and Contrast Steamers and Clippers (or add steamers to your types of boats notebookpage).

Chapter 23- Some People Grow to be Machines
No notebooking pages have been made for this chapter.  Encourage your student to do a chapter summary or some vocabulary pages.

Chapter 24- A Matter of Bridges
1.  Be sure to add the wonderful metaphor about the Mediterranean Sea to your metaphor page
2.  Add to the occupations (print another page, if necessary)
Activity- Build a model boat!

Chapter 25- Old Birds Find New Wings
1.  Four Generations Research
Let your student learn more about his family tree!  Go four generations deep (or further if he would like to do an in depth genealogy study)
2.  The chapter gives a snippet (well, snippets in the sidebar) of the newspaper headline.  Have your student write the article for the newspaper about the four Brown generations.  (Notebooking page is not included.  Consider having your student write his rough draft and then type it on the computer in columns like a real newspaper.)

Chapter 26- Three Partners Inspect a New Ship
1.  Describe the ship in chapter 26 or dream up a description for your own ship.
2.  India Map/Research

Chapter 27- A Sailing of Ships
1. Copywork from Genesis 1.  Discuss why Holling chose that verse. 
2.  Discuss the title of chapter 27 with your student.  Why was it chosen?  Discuss the ending of the book with your student.  Does he find it satisfying?  Do you?  Why or why not?   (notebooking page not included)

**You may want to copy the timeline in the back of the book and let your student add it to her notebook.