Geography and Animal Habitats for Kids: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

February 4, 2014

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Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Flute’s Journey by Lynne Cherry
  • Geography for Kids Lesson # 1: What is Geography?
  • What is Geography? Activity # 3: Animal Habitats for Kids
  • Animal Habitats Art Project: Oil Pastel and Water Color Resist
  • Geography Migration of Animals

Books for Kids: Flute's Journey

Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Flute’s Journey by Lynne Cherry

Why we love this book:

I am amazed how easily I find books to tie into our homeschool studies. I know I shouldn’t be, but Wow! If I have a vision, a book will appear. Okay, I do have to do a bit of research but I always find the perfect book. Then again at other times, things happen the other way around. I find a book, I buy it and save it for just the right moment. Flute’s Journey is just such a book. I tucked it away and waited for a teachable moment . . .

Geography Habitats Around the World

Last week, I outlined our Geography for Kids lesson #1 and corresponding art activity: Geography Habitats Around the World. After both of the kiddos picked the rainforest as their habitat resist art project, I knew it was time to read Flute’s Journey. . .

Books for Kids: Flute's Journey

Flute’s Journey follows the life of a wood thrush that migrates from the Belt Woods of Maryland to his winter home in Costa Rica. Both the front and the back of the book includes a migration map with borders made of  Birds of the Belt Woods and Birds of the Monteverde Rain Forest. Geography at your finger tips in a neat little book package!

Throughout the story of Flute’s Journey both Geography and Science concepts are taught. After Flute hatches from his turquoise egg, he grows and exhibits both learned and inherited behaviors. From the beginning to the end of his migration from North America to Central America and back, Flute is faced with natural dangers. His migration journey also takes children on an adventure to two different types of forests: a deciduous forest and a taiga forest.

Those of you who are familiar with Lynne Cherry know she is an acclaimed author and illustrator of environmental books for children. Consequently, it is not a surprise that she weaves her concerns about mankind’s deforestation throughout the story. If your are an environmentalist you will love this book! If you have concerns about propaganda, don’t worry. You can easily discuss such topics with your children. The book encompasses valuable lessons on geography, habitats, climate, seasons, animal migration and animal behaviors.

Geography for Kids – Lesson 1: What is Geography?

Land, Climate, Plants, Animals

Geography for Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

This is our third and last activity in our Geography Lesson 1 series. If this is your first week to join us, you might want to take a peek backwards for our Introduction to Geography Lesson. We are using A Children’s Introduction to the World as a basic week-to-week geography syllabus. Join us each week for new Geography for Kids lessons, activities, free printables and resources. Next week, we will continue our year long Geography for Kids homeschool study with Lesson #2: Our Place in the Universe, Galaxy and Solar System.

What is Geography? Activity 3: Animal Oil Pastel Resist Art

Animal Habitats for Kids

Supplies:

  • Animal and Habitat Books, Books, Books!
  • white card stock or watercolor paper
  • (we used large 11 x 15 watercolor paper)
  • pencils
  • black Sharpie marker
  • oil pastels
  • watercolor paints and paint brushes
  • scissors
  • glue
  • colored construction paper for mounting

Animal Habitats for Kids

Animal Resist Art, MacGyver, age 10

Step 1: Research Habitat and Pick an Animal

  • During last week’s Habitat activity, both children selected the rainforest. We researched the climate, land and plants of a rainforest.
  • This week the children researched animals that live in the rainforest.
  • MacGyver selected an atlas moth from a book on the rainforest and then grabbed Steve Jenkins’ book Actual Size.
  • The atlas moth lives in Southeast Asia so MacGyver is desperate to travel to Cambodia with me!
  • The atlas moth is on MacGyver’s bucket list!

Animal Habitats for Kids

Animal Resist Art, Miss Enigma, age 7

Step 2: Draw an Outline of the Animal

  • Miss Enigma selected a toucan bird.
  • When beginning her drawing, she was bit overwhelmed.
  • We slowed down and looked at the shapes on the bird’s body.
  • I drew a sample on the white board and then she felt more comfortable drawing an outline.

Animal Habitats for Kids

Animal Resist Art, Miss Enigma, age 7

Step 3: Trace Outline with a Sharpie Marker

  • I have found that tracing with a Sharpie Marker makes it so much easier for the children to color, paint and cut their illustrations as needed.

Animal Habitats for Kids

Animal Resist Art, Miss Enigma, age 7

Step 4: Color Animal with Oil Pastels

  • You want to color nice and thick.
  • Be bold!

Animal Habitats for Kids

Animal Resist Art, MacGyver, age 10

Step 4: Color Animal with Oil Pastels

  • I can count on my children to always have their own artistic visions!
  • MacGyver wanted his watercolor paint to show through a bit so he did not lay the color on as thick.

Animal Habitats for Kids

Animal Resist Art, Miss Enigma, age 7

Step 5: Watercolor over Animal Illustration

  • Miss Enigma liked her background colors so much that she was done!
  • Her Toucan is now framed and displayed on her art shelf in her room.

Animal Habitats for Kids

Animal Resist Art, MacGyver, age 10

Step 5: Watercolor over Animal Illustration

  • MacGyver wanted the shades of brown watercolor paint to show through his oil pastels.

Animal Habitats for Kids

Step6: Cut out Animal

  • MacGyver cut out his moth; however, Miss Enigma did not want to cut out her toucan.

Animal Habitats for Kids

Step 7: Mount (glue) Animal on Contrasting Color

  • MaGyver decided to mount his atlas moth on green construction paper to represent the green color of the rainforest.

This geography art activity was inspired by the blog That Artist Woman. You MUST check out this blog if you are interested in engaging your children in real artistic lessons that teach quite a variety of art techniques and mediums.

 

Books for Kids: Flute's Journey

We’re GIVING AWAY one hard cover copy of Flute’s Journey by Lynne Cherry

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

I mentioned that an atlas moth is on MacGyver’s Bucket List. He reeeeeally wants to observe one out in nature. Is there an amazing animal that is on your bucket list? Or is my family just weird that way?   (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, February 9, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, February 10, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

 

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Shelley February 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

My daughter is very interested in birds right now. Any and all birds are a treat for her to observe.

Jeannine February 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Shelley, Flute’s Journey is just the book for your daughter. It introduces many different birds and their characteristics.

Becky February 4, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Cheetah!! So fast!

Phyllis at All Things Beautiful February 5, 2014 at 8:16 am

Dolphins, up close.

Phyllis at All Things Beautiful February 5, 2014 at 8:19 am

I am following your pinterest board.

Phyllis at All Things Beautiful February 5, 2014 at 8:22 am

I follow your blog.

Phyllis at All Things Beautiful February 5, 2014 at 8:23 am

I Pinned Animal Oil Pastel and Watercolor Resist Art Activity on pinterest.

Jeannine February 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Phyllis my favorite thing do during our annual beach vacation is sit on the patio every morning with a cup of coffee and watch the dolphins play in the waves. Just awesome!

maryanne @ mama smiles February 5, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Your kids are incredible artists!

I adore ring-tailed lemurs, so I would love for my kids to get to see them up close in real life.

tammy cordery February 5, 2014 at 10:53 pm

whales, I always liked whales

Jeannine February 6, 2014 at 7:27 am

Thank you Maryanne. I know I am a biased Mommy but I think they are pretty incredible myself!

Dianne February 8, 2014 at 8:59 am

My daughter loves penguins. I don’t really have a favorite animal, but there is something very majestic about a soaring bird, especially hawks and eagles.

stephanie February 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Thanks for sharing with After School!

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