Science Through Nature Junior Notebook Companion™ for Nature School

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Are you ready to learn more than you ever thought possible about the world around us? Dive into Nature School (sold separately) and our publisher-approved Notebook Companion™ and discover the world like never before!

Grade K-3 | 304 black & white pages

Notebook for Grades 3+ is available

Optional Digital Add-Ons

Enhance this product by selecting the digital add-ons.

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    Science Through Nature Fact Cards $6.99
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    Science Through Nature: Cut & Paste Life Cycle Worksheets $3.99
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    Science Through Nature Coloring Notebook Add-On $3.99

Science Through Nature Junior Notebook Companion™ for Nature School


“The book Nature School, coupled with one or both of the two Science Through Nature Notebook Companions™, makes an outstanding nature study course that can be used for kindergarten through about eighth grade.”Cathy Duffy (read full review)

Instill a love of nature and sense of wonder in your kids by spending time notebooking your way through nature study and hands-on experiences all about the natural environment.

A nature-based education is easy when you pair Nature School (sold separately) with Science Through Nature Junior Notebook Companion™. A Notebook Companion™ is also available for grades 3 and up (sold separately), as well as many optional add-ons like fact cards, a coloring notebook, and lifecycle cut-and-paste worksheets. (See the add-ons tab for details and samples.)

With The Science Through Nature Junior Notebook Companion™ and Nature School (sold separately), students will practice written narration as they answer our open-ended questions about what they are learning.

For the youngest students, you can ask the questions orally and then help them write in their notebooks. They’ll have fun sketching what they learned.

It’s completely open-and-go, so there is no prep-work other than for optional hands-on activities. All lines for answering questions are designed for early writers.

Science Through Nature Junior Notebook Companion™ and Nature School (sold separately) explore five of the major habitats of the world:

  • Temperate Forests
  • Deserts
  • Seashore
  • Grasslands
  • Wetlands

Nature School and our Notebook Companion™ can be used with any worldview. There is nothing that conflicts with a Christian worldview, and faith-based content has not been included. 

Nature School

Nature School is a beautiful living book all about the natural world. Students will learn about one habitat at a time and all the living things associated with each habitat. Using Science Through Nature, students will document their learning through notebooking activities.

Our Notebook Companion™ has been created with publisher permission from The Quarto Group.

You can buy Nature School here.

Nature School

Our publisher-approved Notebook Companion™ follows along with Nature School and will help you get the very most from the book. Pair it with our included lesson plans and you can use it for a full year of elementary science!

Open-ended questions help guide students in their written response. The optional add-on Coloring Notebook provides space for true written narration and coloring and makes a great addition to our Notebook Companions.  See the add-on tab for all optional add-ons.

Science Through Nature Notebooking Pages

What Students Will Learn

There are more than 200 kinds of animals and more than 60 kinds of plants and other organisms waiting for your kids to discover.

Here’s a look at just a few of them:

  • Invertebrates: cicada, spider, scorpion, sea anemone, common octopus, jellyfish, bay scallop, fiddler crab, lightning whelk, moth, sand dollar, mosquito, dragonfly, and more!
  • Mammals: bat, hare, lion, porcupine, cheetah, manatee, wolf, coyote, giant anteater, blue wildebeest, dingo, fennec fox, jerboa, marsh deer, muskrat, red kangaroo, and more!
  • Reptiles & Amphibians: salamander, sea turtle (all 7 kinds), frog, snake, lizard, alligator, gila monster, goanna, mangrove terrapin, skink, toad, tortoise, and more!
  • Birds: gull, Canada goose, ostrich, piping plover, African fish eagle, black grouse, black-shouldered kite, common pheasant, golden eagle, hawkfinch, pharaoh eagle owl, raptor, sanderling, yellow-headed blackbird, and more!
  • Fish: shark, seahorse, barracuda, bluefin tuna, common blenny, common carp, giant trevally, longnose gar, malabar grouper, rock goby, and more!
  • Plants & More: oak, maple, and walnut trees; fern, herbaceous plants, mushroom, agave, pearlwort, date palm, toothed wrack, red sand verbena, big bluestem, acacia, willows, cocklebur, narrow-leaved rattle, goldenrod, bacteria, cypress, epipelon, epilithon, marsh grass, sundew, and more!

forest animals lesson in Nature School

Concepts Covered

Nature School teaches numerous keywords and key concepts such as:

  • Photosynthesis
  • Climax forest
  • Chlorophyll
  • Tree shapes
  • Leaf shapes
  • Food Chain
  • Types of bird nests (with examples)
  • Evaporation
  • Dust storms (haboobs)
  • Animal and Plant Lifecycles
  • Pollinators
  • Nocturnality
  • Predator
  • Invertebrate
  • Migration
  • Ocean Zones
  • How a tornado forms (diagram)
  • Methods of seed dispersal
  • And many, many more!

Explore the Earth’s Habitats

In addition to drawing numerous animals, plants, and other organisms, students will also draw and label numerous diagrams (a few of the more complex diagrams are provided so that drawing them is not required). One habitat at a time, they’ll look closely at things such as:

Temperate Forests:

  • Photosynthesis
  • Composition of a forest
  • Levels of the forest
  • Rotting log ecosystem with organisms
  • Parts of a deciduous tree
  • Layers of a tree trunk
  • Leaf shapes
  • Types of tree bark
  • Fern life cycle
  • Parts of a mushroom
  • Forest food chain
  • Kinds of bird nests
  • Salamander life cycle
  • Parts of various animals including an elk, bear, great tit, frog, toad, and bee (plus beehive)

temerate forests lesson in Nature School


  • Deserts of the world
  • Desert weathering and erosion
  • Kinds of rock
  • Parts of a date palm
  • Desert food chain
  • Types of feathers on a bird’s wing
  • Parts of an ant hill
  • Parts of various animals including a camel, Arabian wolf, ostrich, and rattlesnake

deserts lesson in Nature School


  • Parts of a beach
  • Kinds of sand
  • Ocean zones
  • Minerals in ocean water
  • Parts of a wave
  • Moon’s pull on the tides
  • Tidal zones
  • Kinds of seashells
  • Types of plankton
  • Fish life cycle
  • Seashore food chain
  • Birds with various beak shapes
  • Parts of kelp
  • Parts of various animals including a hermit crab, octopus, seahorse, shark, walrus, and gull

ocean lesson in Nature School


  • Types of grasslands
  • How a tornado forms
  • Parts of a piece of grass
  • Parts of the carbon cycle
  • Parts of a sunflower
  • Grassland food chain
  • Kinds of feathers
  • Bird life cycle
  • Reptile life cycle
  • Parts of a termite mound
  • Grasshopper life cycle
  • Parts of various animals including an American bison, cheetah, prairie chicken, Great Plains skink, and cicada

grasslands lesson in Nature School


  • Parts of a wetland
  • How wetlands form
  • Parts of a hurricane
  • Parts of an aquifer
  • Parts of the water cycle
  • Types of algae
  • Parts of a mangrove tree
  • Wetland food chain
  • Differences between an alligator and crocodile
  • Mosquito life cycle
  • Parts of various animals including an opossum, heron, snapping turtle, and dragonfly

Wetlands lesson in Nature School

Students will get to sketch and label numerous animals, plants, and other organisms. They’ll also get to draw and learn about food chains, life cycles, parts of various ecosystems, types of bird nests, types of feathers, kinds of seashells, types of bird beaks, how a tornado forms, kinds of grasslands, parts of a wetland, parts of a hurricane, the water cycle, and so much more!

Hands-On Activities

Nature School also provides instructions for 35 activities students can complete at home using everyday items. There is a special activity page for each activity in our Science Through Nature Junior Notebook Companion™ so students can save pictures of their projects, write about what they learned, and much more.

Take a look at the activities included:

Temperate Forests Activities

  • Nature Journal
  • Hidden Hues
  • Broad Leaf and Needle Leaf Comparisons
  • Transpiration Demonstration
  • Make Tracks (scat, footprints)
  • Bark and Leaf Rubbings
  • Painting with Evergreen Branches

Deserts Activities

  • Nature Journal
  • Grow a Garden
  • Desertscape Diorama
  • Create a Cactus
  • Nature Walk
  • Evaporation Demonstration
  • Sundial
  • Map the Desert

Seashore Activities

  • Nature Journal
  • Salt Painting
  • Salt Dough Seashells
  • Ocean in a Bottle
  • On the Beach: Beachcombing
  • Seashore Scavenger Hunt

Grasslands Activities

  • Nature Journal
  • Build a Burrow
  • Camouflage
  • Pressed Grasses and Wildflowers
  • Growing Grass
  • Tornado in a Bottle
  • Paint a Prairie

Wetlands Activities

  • Nature Journal
  • Pond Dipping
  • What’s a Wetland?
  • How Wetlands Work
  • Breathing Leaves
  • Algae Observation
  • Just Add Water

There are five bonus coloring pages also included, one for each habitat.

The Science Through Nature Notebook Companion™ and Nature School (sold separately) are completely customizable and flexible so you can use what fits your family’s needs the best and work at the pace that works for you!

Build a lifelong love of learning and an appreciation of nature as you have fun learning about the science that’s all around us in the world. The possibilities for learning are truly endless with Science Through Nature Junior Notebook Companion™ and Nature School (sold separately)!

All add-ons are listed in order as presented in the cooresponding Notebook Companion™. The lesson plans schedule in each optional add-on to make it super simple and easy-to-use!

The Science Through Nature: Fact Cards include 167 fact cards featuring animals, plants, and other organisms studied in Science Through Nature.

Our fact cards are suitable for ALL AGES!

SAMPLES: B&W Fact Cards | Color Fact Cards

Four complete sets of 167 cards are provided:

  • Fact Card with key information (color)
  • Fact Card with room for student to write key information (color)
  • Fact Card with key information (black and white)
  • Fact Card with room for student to write key information (black and white)

Each fact card includes the animal, plant, or organism’s scientific name as well as information about its size and main colors. Each card also includes one or more interesting facts about the featured creature.

The fact cards are able to be printed double-sided and follow Science Through Nature in order, so they are easy to use alongside your study.

Fact Cards are included for numerous animals, plants, and organisms from each habitat.

Fact Cards Add-On for Science Through Nature

Science Through Nature: Cut & Paste Life Cycle Worksheets

The Science Through Nature: Cut & Paste Life Cycle Worksheets follow the Science Through Nature Notebook Companion™ and Junior Notebook Companion™, and Nature School (sold separately) in order so they are easy to use alongside your studies.

Our Science Through Nature: Cut & Paste Life Cycle Worksheets include 75 life cycle worksheets for animals, plants, and other organisms. An answer key for each life cycle worksheet is included. All worksheets and answer keys are included in both color and black and white.

SAMPLE: Cut & Paste Life Cycles

Lifecycles Cut & Paste Add-on for Science Through Nature

Science Through Nature: Coloring Notebook

The Science Through Nature: Coloring Notebook unit includes 176 coloring pages and 176 corresponding notebooking pages, each featuring an animal, plant, or other organism explored in Science Through Nature.

The notebooking pages give students a chance to record what they have learned through written narration or write questions they have and what they’d like to learn about. The pages follow Science Through Nature in order, so they are easy to use alongside your study.

Included in this add-on are two versions; one with regular lines for older students and one with handwriting lines for early writers.

SAMPLES: Regular Lines | Primary Lines for K-3

Coloring Notebook  Add-on for Science Through Nature

2 reviews for Science Through Nature Junior Notebook Companion™ for Nature School

  1. Lynn

    I was very excited to see a junior version (K-3) of this notebook companion and it’s great!

    “Nature School” takes a look at five of Earth’s biomes (temperate forests, deserts, seashore, grasslands and wetlands), covering a lot of science along the way… ecosystems, food chains, lichens, landforms, cacti, ant colonies, migration, tidal zones, predators, tornadoes, carnivores, herbivores, lifecycles, aquifers, water cycle and many different birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish, etc.

    The notebook is well-presented and contains open-ended questions for written narration, sketching tasks and labeling exercises. Outlines of maps and some of the more complicated diagrams are provided, which are helpful and engaging and enhance the notebook.

    Optional add-ons (75 cut and paste life-cycle worksheets with answers and colouring notebook with 176 items to colour for written narration) enrich the course and can easily be incorporated into the study using the included lesson plans.

    I love the content of this notebook companion and think it’s fantastic that there are differentiated levels available, making it ideal for a wide range of ages to use, whether independently or with the help of an adult or for whole family science/nature studies (which is how I plan to use them). The notebooks are versatile and open-and-go and a great way to consolidate and document learning.

  2. Melanie Zorr

    Lets talk about Biomes! This is a fantastic resource or complete science curriculum for your Kindergartener to 3rd grade students. It walks you through 5 different biomes using the book Nature School. There are ample spaces to write or draw with prompts from Nature School. My one daughter likes the coloring pages add-ons while my other daughter likes the cut and paste optional add-on. The lesson plans are especially helpful in breaking down the book and notebook into bite sized chunks. There are 30 weeks of lessons that could be done easily in a 4 day week. I love that the questions are not ‘dumbed down’ with the junior notebook. The questions are all worded in such a way as to promote higher thinking skills. There are also extra projects or activities to help the student continue making connections. This is fantastic and I look forward to seeing what else you come out with!

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