Design A Postage Stamp

Your kids can design a postage stamp of their very own.  How cool would it be to be a stamp designer? This printable can be used for lots and lots of things.  Here are a few ideas: Design a stamp about a famous person or event you are studying from history. Make a stamp similar to a coat of arms, that represents significant things about a historical person. After learning about a country, design a postage stamp that would highlight something or someone important from the country. Make your postage stamp feature an important invention or inventor. Create a stamp based on your favorite book, author, or character. Make a stamp all about you.  Draw yourself in the center surrounded by things that represent who you are. Design a postage stamp about an important scientist and their contribution. Make your postage stamp feature your favorite subject, or even the job … click to read more

Ocean Currents

The ocean is never still.  Ocean currents are constantly moving and churning the waters.  There are surface currents and deep currents and upwelling currents.  All these currents move heat and nutrients around the world oceans.  The currents affect the land as well.  Here is an Ocean Currents Map showing some of the major surface currents in the oceans. Color the arrows in red for warm currents and dark blue for cold currents.  The major currents can be labeled with the help of a student atlas.  The rest of the ocean should be colored light blue. The currents that begin near the equator are moving warm water to regions nearer the poles, which warms these regions and helps the earth remain temperate.  The currents that begin closer to the poles move cold water toward the equator, cooling the hot regions of the earth. Besides the way heat and nutrients are moved around the earth … click to read more

The Ocean Floor

The ocean floor is covered with mountains, valleys, plains, and other features similar to the land surfaces of earth.  The ocean’s features, like land features, are a result of tectonic processes from deep inside the earth. The earth is made up of a hot inside and big plates of crust covering the outside.  These plates spread apart and squish together and grind past one another.  These actions cause the crust to buckle, fold, and split, which makes mountains and valleys. There are volcanoes under the oceans just like there are on land.  These volcanoes can build up into mountains, sometimes breaking the surface as islands.  The Hawaiian islands began as undersea mountains. Trenches are formed in places where one ocean plate is being pulled under, or subducted, beneath another ocean plate. Here is an Ocean Floor Map.  It shows some of the major mountain ranges and trenches that can be found … click to read more

Map of the Oceans

The first step when learning about the oceans is to name them.  Use this printable to label and color a Map of the Oceans. There are five oceans and many seas around the world.  The five oceans are Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, Indian, and Antarctic.  The Antarctic Ocean is also called the Southern Ocean.  Use a student atlas to find the location and label the oceans.  You can also label some of the larger seas.  After you label the oceans color the oceans. Library List Here are some books on oceans that we like.  Click on the covers to view the books on Amazon.        Search at your library for these topics: oceans, ocean floor, coral reef, ocean animals, whales, dolphins, sharks, fish Additional Layers Oceans affect the global climate and weather patterns, learn more about how. Learn about some ocean explorers like Ernest Shackleton, Wilem Barents, and Lief Ericson. Learn about … click to read more

Planets Coloring Book

Our solar system is amazing.  Studying it with kids leads to limitless possibilities.   To get your solar system exploration started, here’s a planets coloring book for you: The Planets in Our Solar System Coloring Book.  It covers the eight planets of our solar system.  It includes a handwriting line to practice writing the planet’s name, and also some interesting facts about each one. Fabulous Facts About The Planets While kids are coloring, you can learn even more with these fabulous planets facts. Mercury  If you wanted to stay up for one Mercury day, you would have to stay up for 176 Earth days. Even though it’s very close to the sun, it may have ice at its north and south poles. Temperature varies a lot on Mercury, from 797 degrees F to -279 degrees F. The sun sometimes rises twice in the same day, due to Mercury’s slow rotation and … click to read more

Life Cycle of a Spider

Spiders are arthropods.  They have a hard exoskeleton.  But they’re not insects because they have eight legs instead of six.  They are in their own class: Arachnida.  Arachnids are predators and carnivores.  They often kill their prey with poison and then spit digestive juices from their stomachs onto the body of their dead prey, dissolving it before sucking up the pre-digested juices.  Learn about the life cycle of a spider with us. Black Widow Life Cycle Black widow spiders mate in spring and early summer.  The male is about half the size of the female.  Though the black widow does sometimes eat her mate after breeding, this is not always or even usually the case.  When the female black widow does feed on her mate it is because she is low in nutrients and needs the energy. After mating, the female black widow weaves a round or pear shaped nest … click to read more

Learning About Rocks

We’ve been studying geology and rocks in science lately.   The kids really enjoy learning about rocks.  It’s been a great exploration of many geologic processes and concepts. We started by reading quite a few geology books from our personal library and our library in town.  We learned about the layers of the earth and the basic make-up of the planet. We studied volcanoes and the ring of fire.  We also grew crystals and learned about how those form and what they have to do with rocks.  And  of course, we read about the three rock families – sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. After the kids were versed on the basics, it was time for some hands-on experimentation.  I spread a bunch of rocks out on our table and provided them with hand lenses to observe the rocks.  We spent quite a long time just finding crystals, checking out the cleavage … click to read more

Skeleton Worksheet and Craft

The human skeleton has 207 bones.  It is a strong and light and works with our muscles to help us move.  It protects out internal organs and manufactures the blood that carries nutrients, oxygen, waste, and germ fighting white blood cells around our bodies.  The skeleton also regulates and stores hormones produced by the endocrine system.  There are two major divisions of the bones in the body, the axial skeleteon and the appendicular skeleton.  The axial skeleton includes the spine, ribs, and head.  The appendicular skeleton includes the arms, legs, and pelvis. Print out this Skeleton worksheet and craft.  Roughly cut out the pieces of the skeleton and then glue the bones together in the right order. Or you can glue your skeleton to a piece of construction paper and label the bones. Here are the names of the major bones:   Additional Layers Compare human skeletons to other vertebrate … click to read more

Printable Bird Anatomy Worksheet

Before you go bird watching, you need to learn the parts of a bird so that when the guide book tells you the bird has a red crest and a white flank, you’re all there. Grab our free printable Bird Anatomy Worksheet: Here are the answers: Additional Layers Make a homemade hummingbird feeder. Make a bird call. Make a penguin craft. Learn more about a favorite bird, like hummingbirds.  

Snake Printable To Color And Craft

Print and color this  Snake Anatomy printable.  One side should be colored like a real snake.  The other side of the snake shows the internal anatomy, we include one already labeled and one without labels.  You can choose which you would like to use.  You can print them, glue them together and cut them in a spiral and hang them from your ceiling. Or just print, color and place in a notebook. We used several different books on snakes and reptiles from our shelves and from the library to find real snakes to copy so we could color real species.  Then we hung them all from our ceiling. Yeah, it freaks me out a little, not being a big fan of the creepy slithery things.  But the kids loved it.  While they colored their snakes I read them a book about reptiles. Additional Layers When the snake is flat in the … click to read more