Science Through Nature Notebook Companion™ for Nature School
Are you interested in teaching your younger children and older students alike all about the natural world?
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 with Science Through Nature Notebook Companion™. A Junior Notebook Companion™ is available for K-3 (sold separately), as well as many optional add-ons like fact cards, a coloring notebook, and lifecycle cut-and-paste worksheets.
The Science Through Nature Notebook Companion™ follows Nature School (sold separately) page by page, providing ample room for students to answer questions about what they are learning; draw and label animals, plants, and other organisms; complete engaging hands-on activities; and so much more!
It’s completely open-and-go! There’s no prep-work needed other than planning and prepping the optional hands-on activities you want to do.
Science Through Nature Notebook Companion™ and Nature School (sold separately) look at five major habitats of the world:
- Temperate Forests
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 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.
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.
What Students Will Learn
Students explore more than 200 kinds of animals and more than 60 kinds of plants and other organisms using Nature School and our publisher-approved Notebook Companion™.
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!
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).
Nature School teaches numerous keywords and key concepts such as:
- Climax forest
- Tree shapes
- Leaf shapes
- Food Chain
- Types of bird nests (with examples)
- Dust storms (haboobs)
- Animal and Plant Lifecycles
- 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:
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Fun Facts and Rabbit Trails
Nature School includes more than 100 Fun Facts that add fascinating bits of information to your science study (and provide numerous opportunities for going down rabbit trails!). Our Science Through Nature Notebook Companion™ provides pages for recording each of these Fun Facts.
Nature School also includes 35 activities students can complete at home using everyday items. The Science Through Nature Notebook Companion™ includes pages for each activity where students can save pictures of their projects, record key ideas 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
- Nature Journal
- Grow a Garden
- Desertscape Diorama
- Create a Cactus
- Nature Walk
- Evaporation Demonstration
- Map the Desert
- Nature Journal
- Salt Painting
- Salt Dough Seashells
- Ocean in a Bottle
- On the Beach: Beachcombing
- Seashore Scavenger Hunt
- Nature Journal
- Build a Burrow
- Pressed Grasses and Wildflowers
- Growing Grass
- Tornado in a Bottle
- Paint a Prairie
- Nature Journal
- Pond Dipping
- What’s a Wetland?
- How Wetlands Work
- Breathing Leaves
- Algae Observation
- Just Add Water
There are additional blank notebooking pages provided so you can customize the learning in whatever way fits your family the best!
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 Notebook Companion™ and Nature School (sold separately)!