Friday, September 30, 2016

Cultures Homemade Notebooking (Oceania)

I'm finishing up an Eastern Hemisphere class at our co-op this year, and this is the page we created in class as we learned about various aspects of Oceania.  This is very versatile and could be used with any culture study.  I used a children's and student's atlas to read from during class, then the students chose which pieces of information they wanted to highlight in their sheets.  You could require more writing than I did here, but our focus was on the information and not the writing in this class.  They turned out absolutely beautiful.  Here are a few examples from the co-op class!

Happy notebooking!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Results of American Revolution Notebooking

Next up, an idea for middle schoolers.  To the right is a rifle, and the cloud in the middle is the gunpowder cloud.  Various arrows coming out of the cloud depict all the changes the American Revolution jumpstarted.

I really liked this idea for 6th through 8th, and the graphic organizer helps to retain it in memory and is interesting to look at.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Native American Notebooking

One of our daughter's assignments from co-op was to present information about a specific tribe.  I'm always looking for creative ways for our kids to show what they've learned, so we came up with this.  We've marked off sections for the things we learned, including kids, food, home, and words.  DD8 illustrated it all and decided what to include and where to put it.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Betsy Ross and the First Flag Homemade Notebooking

My daughter really got into the first flag and the story of Betsy Ross.  We conjured up this page together.  She wanted to draw it, and I wanted some good information on it.  We used our reading selections for the information.  :)


Friday, August 5, 2016

Compare and Contrast Homemade Notebooking

After a selection of reading, this is the page we came up with.  I asked her to dictate to me the main part of the story, which is what I've written on the top.  Then she illustrated her dictation.  Comparing and contrasting worked well here.

You can compare and contrast any reading selection and use a page like this.  Homemade notebooking is awesome and engaging!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Native Storytelling Notebooking

The Native Americans would write stories in a circular pattern.  My 8-year-old told a story about a dog.  This is an interesting and engaging way to incorporate notebooking during a Native American study.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Underground Railroad Notebooking

I searched online for an Underground Railroad page we could make, and I saw a lantern like this, but it wasn't homemade and had typed material in the windows, which would have been great for a middle school project.  I needed something for 3rd through 5th, though.

After thinking on it awhile, I decided to highlight some prominent vocabulary associated with the Underground Railroad.  The quilt is actually a "reproduction" of real code quilts made by slaves.  For "Wade in the Water," I drew a stick dog with question marks and the slaves' footprints with the slaves hiding in the bush.

PS:  Contrary to my family's belief, this isn't a Tardis from Dr. Who!  Haha!


Friday, July 1, 2016

Treaty of Paris Notebooking (American Revolution)

A quick creative summary of the Treaty of Paris after the Revolutionary War to help remember the details.  I suggest this for middle school.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Erie Canal Notebooking - How it Changed Everything

This page is for middle school, going deeper into the history instead of just the basic facts.  


Friday, June 3, 2016

French and Indian War Notebooking

Sorry for the quality of this picture.  The lighting today wasn't optimal.  This page I made for about 3rd through 5th grade.  I decided to go for a newspaper theme notebooking page this time.  I simplified it down to just the basic facts for an introduction to this time period.

Happy notebooking!


Friday, May 20, 2016

Continental vs. British Army Notebooking Pages

This is an excellent visual way for middle schoolers to record the advantages and disadvantages of both sides in the Revolutionary War.  This will lead to a great discussion as well on how the Continental Army actually pulled off an eventual win, as you can clearly see the British Army had a huge advantage.  The quarrel between England and France comes into play with this.

I hope you have gained some inspiration!


Friday, May 6, 2016

Gold Rush Notebooking Page

I used scrap construction paper to make this collage notebook page.  I think a change of colors could make this even more interesting, maybe purple for mountains, green for the treeline, etc.  My dd drew in the stick people.  She loves doing this, and she remembers a lot from history by placing them in the correct setting and giving them character by dressing them up appropriately and giving them beards, etc.

Regarding the information included, go ahead and use the books you are already reading to fill in the information and don't forget to label!  Get creative with your notebooking!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Wright Brothers Homemade Notebooking

Here is a homemade page to hopefully inspire you.  My girls seem to take more pride in their notebooking if they make it themselves, even if they have step-by-step directions.  The completed product will look different than my example, and that's the beauty of it!  I hope you like it!

If you would like a more complete unit, check out my Wright Brothers Notebooking Unit.


Friday, April 8, 2016

George Washington Homemade Notebooking

Here is the next in a series of homemade notebook inspiration.  At the bottom of the page, I shaded in the flag before the ink was dry, thus the smearing.  I've made a base page that includes the page with silhouettes of Washington and the other printable clips if you desire.  See link below for those.

I've been making up these pages myself as examples for a co-op class that we attend.  We have done some premade pages, and I just feel that these homemade ones stick more with the kids, as they become their own creation.

Stay tuned for more ideas!

George Washington base page for notebooking


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Telegraph Notebook Page

Just wanted to share one of my latest creations.  It's a homemade page, so no printables available.  I googled Samuel Morse for his portrait and then Morse code for the dots and dashes alphabet, copied them to a Word document, then printed.

I will have the kids draw and decorate the rest themselves.  I pulled the most important information about the telegraph for the bite-sized pieces of information on this page.  See image below for how to do the telegraph key (the button).  Accordion fold a slip of scrap paper for the pushing action, cut out the key shape from an index card and tape into place.  I hope your kids enjoy!