Learning About The Seasons – A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™

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Seasons are always coming and going all around the world, but what makes them change? Are they the same everywhere? If not, how are they different? Help your kids learn the answers to these and many more questions with Learning About the Seasons, a Notebook Companion™ to The Reasons For Seasons by Gail Gibbons, sold separately.

For grades K-3 | Primary dashed lines for beginning writers | 54 black & white pages | This is a digital only resource.

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Learning About The Seasons - A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™


Explore what causes the seasons and how they are different with Learning About the Seasons. There’s no prep-work for you to worry about finding time to do. Just grab a copy of The Reasons For Seasons (sold separately) and Learning About the Seasons and follow them together at the pace that is right for your family.

The book and Notebook Companion™ start by looking at how the tilt of the earth and its position on its journey around the sun determine our seasons. Then it explores how each season is different from the others, how seasons are different in the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere, what the weather is like near the equator and at the poles, how people and animals do different things in different seasons, and more.

Students will practice written narration as they answer our open-ended questions about what they are learning. They’ll also learn by studying and drawing various diagrams of the tilt of the earth and its axis, poles, and hemispheres. Room is provided for sketching and labeling pictures of what they are learning. Bonus coloring pages are also included!

Students will learn about words and topics related to seasons such as:

  • tilt
  • revolve
  • north pole
  • south pole
  • axis
  • equator
  • Northern Hemisphere
  • Southern Hemisphere
  • spring equinox (vernal equinox)
  • migration
  • summer solstice
  • autumnal equinox
  • winter solstice
  • hibernation

The Reasons For Seasons by Gail Gibbons

Our publisher-approved Notebook Companion™ accompanies The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons.

Gail Gibbons introduces seasons to children through beautiful fact-filled pages. Students will learn all about the four seasons as Gibbons explains why they change throughout the year.

The Reasons For Seasons by Gail Gibbons

The Reasons for Seasons is a required book for our Notebook Companion™ and is sold separately. The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons is available at the publisher’s website or anywhere books are sold.

Beginner’s Notebook Companion™

This beginner’s notebook is a great way to introduce kids to the idea and practice of notebooking, and you can customize it as much as you wish. It’s completely flexible, allowing for use with very young children through middle elementary grades.

If you want to teach this topic to your students in grades 3 and up or exand upon it, check out our Weather Notebook Companion™ for Master’s Books The New Weather Book.

Other Notebook Companions™ in the Gail Gibbons Series

5 reviews for Learning About The Seasons – A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™

  1. Erin Ashley

    We used the Reasons for Seasons notebook companion to begin our nature study for this school year. We’ve used Gail Gibbons’ books in our homeschool over the years but, never in such a thorough way as this. This year we are homeschooling using the Well-Educated Heart philosophy and each month we embrace a new nature study topic. We pair the topic with the WEH My Book of Delights, which is a book of art, poetry, and short stories from around the world. Books 11 and 12 (July and August) are paintings and poems through each month from all over the world. This Book of Delights and The Reasons for Seasons notebook companion went so well together. We added in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, books from the library, a Read Aloud Revival family bookclub which connected to the seasons topic, and an experiment demonstrating the tilt of the Earth. It took us 5 weeks to complete the notebook which was very beneficial. Notebooking a couple of pages at a time allowed us plenty of opportunity to review and narrate what we learned. I was on the fence about purchasing this notebook companion but, I’m really glad that I did. It’s a simple and effective way to build a nature study. It’s training my children to slow down and savor information rather than rush through it while teaching them how to keep a notebooking journal. My children are 7 and 9. My 9 YO daughter said that she enjoyed doing science this way. I believe we all got a lot out of this.

  2. Denise Rodriguez

    We have loved all of the Notebook Companions for the Gail Gibbons books. Perfect for ages K-3. Each page follows along with the books and has questions and drawing prompts for each topic. If you have a younger child, you can write the answers for them if they are unable to write. I love that this can be done in a short period of time. There are several to choose from so you can start one and easily finish, then go on to the next with whatever peaks your childs interest.

  3. Lynn

    Gail Gibbons’ book, “The Reasons for Seasons”, and the notebook companion are ideal for homeschool science or nature studies and would make an ideal study to begin or revisit on or around the summer or winter solstice or the spring or summer equinox.

    Understanding the causes of the seasons can be confusing and is often misunderstood, but the activities in the notebook companion, which are a mix of questions to answer or illustrations to draw, will help your student to think deeper, consolidate learning and gain a solid understanding.

    In addition to the causes of the seasons, the book and notebook companion also cover the changes that occur during the four seasons, what it is like near the Equator and at the poles, as well as other interesting facts about the seasons.

    The notebook is open and go, so it is easy to use and follow (as well as fun!), and includes helpful notes on notebooking for different ages/abilities and items in the (text) book that you may wish to review before sharing with your child.

    I am planning to start this study with my children around the spring equinox and am looking forward to it!

  4. Melanie Zorr

    How to best explain the seasons for the kids who like to ask why all the time! Gail Gibbon’s book The Reason for the Season talks about the seasons in great detail. This book can be used for a multi-subject approach or however else you want to incorporate the book. It covers subjects like geography, language arts, and science. The notebook companion is perfect for grades K-3rd. There is ample room to draw and write allowing the kids to make the notebook their own. The kids learn about the different seasons, the earth’s rotation, the equinoxes (talk about some awesome vocabulary!) While the notebook companion is ideal for younger students, my older students are so excited to read through the book and tell me all of the cool things they have found out.

  5. Katherine Tanyu

    Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter–seem simple enough but actually, there are tons of things to learn from them! The notebooking questions are easy to understand and straightforward to answer. I like the “Interesting Facts About the Seasons” section. Trivia such as these keeps homeschooling fun and fresh.

    The book The Reasons for Seasons is short, but you can stretch the book out for a week or more given the amount of information the student can notebook. There are drawing prompts and large writing spaces for your littlest learner. The price is affordable knowing that the questions and lesson planning have been thought out for us. I recommend this notebooking companion for elementary and even a little older students. The book may be a little youngish, but the notebooking practice (just letting your child record and research) is valuable in itself. I am already a parent but am still learning stuff too!

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