Learning About Building Houses – A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™

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Most of us don’t think about the many steps, parts, and pieces it takes to build the homes we live in. But the building process is a fascinating one for kids and adults alike. Give your kids a chance to learn about how a home is built while feeding their natural curiosity with Learning About Building Houses, a Notebook Companion™ to How A House Is Built by Gail Gibbons, sold separately.

For grades K-3 | Primary dashed lines for beginning writers | 59  black & white pages | This is a digital only resource.

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Learning About Building Houses - A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™


Families live in all sorts of homes all around the world. Learning About Building Houses and How A House Is Built, sold separately, start with a short introduction to a few of the kinds of homes around the world. Then they dive into how a wood-frame house is built, step-by-step.

What Students Will Learn

The book and Notebook Companion™ start with the planning that happens before the construction starts. Then they walk students through the steps including digging and laying the foundation, framing the house, building the roof, adding shingles and clapboard, building a chimney, adding interior walls, adding electricity and plumbing, adding drywall, installing light fixtures and cabinets, and finishing the yard.

Along the way, they introduce students to the jobs of an architect, engineer, general contractor, surveyor, heavy equipment operator, foundation builder, septic system crew, carpenter, mason, electrician, plumber, drywall crew, heating specialist, landscaper, and more.

You don’t have to worry about prep work. Just get a copy of How A House Is Built, sold separately, and Learning About Building Houses and work at the pace that fits your family.

Students will practice written narration as they answer our open-ended questions about what they are learning. They’ll also get to draw, sketch, and label various illustrations of the parts of a house, learn how a foundation is made, discover how homes are protected against natural disasters, and more. Bonus coloring pages are also included!

How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons

Our publisher-approved Notebook Companion™ accompanies How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons.

There are many different ways to build houses. There are all sorts of materials people use to make houses of many shapes and sizes.

This fun picture book takes kids step by step from the architect’s plans through the arrival of a happy family. Many different processes of construction are explained with simple language and bright, clear illustrations. It’s perfect for kids who are starting to wonder about how the world around them works.

The book also introduces many different careers including carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and landscapers as each do their part to bring the wood-frame house to life. It’s a great read for kids who love construction sites.

How a House Is Built is a required book for our Notebook Companion™ and is sold separately. How a House Is Built by Gail Gibbons is available at the publisher’s website or anywhere books are sold.

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2 reviews for Learning About Building Houses – A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™

  1. Denise Rodriguez

    I simply cannot say enough about the Gail Gibson Series! My children really love her books and using the Notebook Companions to go along with them. We continue to the next book when we finish one and this was a topic I never would have thought about before finding the Notebook Companions. Both my kindergartner and 3rd grader enjoyed this book. This topic goes into great detail all the work and types of jobs that go into building a home. The conversation continued after about possible career paths and of course, more books about building 🙂

  2. Katherine Tanyu

    At first glance, I thought this book and notebook companion seemed too basic. But wow! There is a lot of technical information inside. Like “what happens when the concrete becomes hard” or what in the world is “footing” and the use of “foundation” in houses? Kids will be introduced to jobs such as “septic crew” and “heating specialists”. You will learn a lot about building houses! In the last part, kids will learn about “Louise Blanchard Bethune” and so much more information. (Me: “Who in the world is he?!” Even I get to absorb tons from this wonderful combination. There is a part about traditional Japanese carpentry that interests me already.)

    The notebook has extra big ruled lines and many spaces for drawing. And since this is geared towards younger children, coloring pages are found at the back. I highly recommend this product!

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