This post contains one affiliate link to a book that we are using this year.
New for us this year is a formal study of science. In years past, we have just casually read living nature books and made nature journals, but this year science is scheduled in twice a week.
Taking the advice of The Well Trained Mind, we are going through the Kingfisher First Encyclopedia of Animals. A big goal of mine this year is to be more organized and prepared, so I've prepared notebooks for most of our subjects (using my beloved simple spiral binder).
One of these notebooks is for science. I created a simple and versatile two-page spread that my son will fill out each time we learn about a new animal. I printed out a bunch of these, back-to back, and bound them together in a spiral notebook. You could do the same, or simply print out one to go along with what you are learning about.
Each page gives your child room to:
- Write what animal they are learning about
- Write a short narration about what they have learned
- Draw or write where the animal lives
- Color on a map where the animal lives
- Fill in a food chain for the animal (what it eats and what eats it)
- Draw, diagram, paste a picture, or write any other information (3 squares)
Included in the download are instructions and pages for your child to list each animal under the group it belongs in (mammals, birds, reptiles, etc.). This is just for if you are creating a full notebook like I did. I placed these pages in the front to add to each time to learn about a new animal.