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Learning About the Water Cycle

Grab a printable Water Cycle Learning Pack  here and then check out some of the water cycle activities and resources below! What is the Water Cycle? Earth's water is always in movement through a cycle known as the water cycle or the hydrologic cycle. This cycle includes water moving on the Earth's surface, below the Earth's surface, and in the atmosphere above the Earth. Water in Earth's oceans and other bodies of water is warmed by the sun, which causes some of the water molecules to vaporize into the air. Water molecules also vaporize from soil and plants- a process called transpiration. The water vapor rises into the air. As it gets higher, the air becomes cooler and causes the water molecules to condense into clouds. When clouds become saturated or filled with water droplets, the droplets fall from the sky as precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, etc...). Eventually the water from snow and rain makes its way back to the ocean or other bodies of water via runoff, creeks

All About Insects Printable Learning Pack

Learn all about what makes an insect an insect, insect anatomy, insect classification, metamorphosis, insect lifecycles, pollinators, and more with this 21-page printable learning pack.  Includes 6 informational reading sheets, butterfly fact cards, insect order fact cards, an insect family tree sorting chart, vocabulary words, nature study journaling sheets, a crossword puzzle, a wordsearch, a coloring page, and more! Grab it here: For more information, resources, and activity ideas for learning about insects with your kids, check out: - All About Butterflies - Ladybug Lifecycle Craft - Our Adventure Raising Caterpillars And you can check out my other printable resources  here . Follow me on: Facebook Instagram Pinterest

Learning About Mexico

  The final country we studied this year was Mexico. We had a blast making pinatas and learning about Mexican folk art. We made a delicious Mexican meal and learned about some interesting places like Chichen Itza. Below are links to the resources we used for our Mexico study and instructions for some fun hands on activities. Basic Information Mexico is a country in the southern part of North America. It shares a boarder with the United States (California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas), Beliez, and Guatemala.  The terrain varies from deserts and high plateaus to coastal plains and mountainous regions. The climate varies from hot and dry in the desert regions to tropical in other parts of the country. Capital: Mexico City Population: About 129 million  Size: 761,600 square miles Language: Spanish Currency: Mexican peso National Animal: the golden eagle Flag: Famous Places and Landmarks Chichen Itza-  Chichen Itza is a Mayan city built between 400 and 500 AD. It features several Pyramid

Printable Rock and Mineral Journal

My kids love collecting and trying to identify rocks and minerals we find on our outdoor adventures, so I put together a journal f or them to record rock and mineral finds in. I recently added some reference pages and added it to my TPT store . The journaling pack includes information about identifying minerals, a flow chart for determining hardness, a flow chart for determining luster, 2 pages with properties of common minerals, and pages for journaling and recording identifying observations and properties. Grab it here: Rock and Mineral Journal For additional information about identifying rocks and minerals and instructions for putting together your own mineral identification kit, check out: Make Your Own Mineral Identification Kit . And check out these other geology resources: - Rockhounding with Kids - Learning About Fossils Follow me on: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Teachers Pay Teachers

Creative Ways to Learn About the Solar System

  I love science and art, so I especially love it when we can find ways to combine the two. Earlier this year we did a unit on the solar system. As we studied each planet we looked at photos and learned about surface features and then made a watercolor painting. It ended up being so much fun, and one of our favorite projects of the year! You can grab free printable planet templates here:  Solar System Coloring/ Watercolor Pack Below I share some fun facts and a couple online resources for each planet, and some more fun solar system activity ideas: Planet Facts The solar system has 8 official planets. 4 terrestrial or rocky planets, 2 gas giants, and 2 ice giants.  Mercury - Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. It is a rocky planet covered with impact craters. It is the smallest planet, just slightly bigger than Earth's moon. A day on Mercury is equal to about 59 Earth days. A year on Mercury is about 88 Earth days. That's a pretty short year! Learn more about Mercury with

All About Birds! Printable Unit Study

Learn all about bird anatomy, nests, avian eggs, the avian lifecycle, bird beaks, migration, feathers, birds of prey, songbirds, and more with this 33-page printable unit study. This unit study includes: 14 informational pages, vocabulary words, 4 diagrams/posters, worksheets, a crossword puzzle, a word search, 2 art activities, a STEM activity, instructions for several hands-on activities, and more! Grab it here:   All About Birds Printable Unit Study And for additional resources and activity ideas for learning about birds with your kids or students, check out my  Learning About Birds  blog series. For more educational resources and activity ideas follow me on: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Teachers Pay Teachers

All About Butterflies!

Butterflies are one of the most well known and appreciated types of insect. Their colorful and beautifully patterned wings make them a favorite of children and insect enthusiasts everywhere. In this post I share some fun facts about butterflies, instructions for a butterfly metamorphosis craft, and lots of resources for learning all about butterflies.  Grab a free butterfly lifecycle coloring sheet here: Fun Facts About Butterflies The largest butterfly in the world is the Queen Alexandra's birdwing. It has a wingspan of nearly 12 inches!  The western pygmy is the world's smallest butterfly, with a wingspan of about 1/2 an inch. There are over 17,000 species of butterflies worldwide and butterflies can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Each fall the North American monarchs travel as far as 3,000 miles from their summer breeding grounds to their overwintering locations in Mexico