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updated – 31 Oct 2012 – kept the best, deleted the rest – updated

UP! Movie (Pixar)

up movie notes – children’s notesUp-movie-pixar-disney-review-

movie theme notes and a breezy tour through many of the themes of the latest Pixar offering : UP.

Carefully chosen entries from YouTube helped this study to come alive, especially the sections on Helium and the Angel Falls.

Has been an interesting and thought-provoking study. I presented this info to the kids as “a whirlwind mix of interesting topics” and told the chn about going to the movie when we’d finished the 2-3 weeks of quick study.

These movie notes are my property – you may use for personal/family use only.


George Washington Carver


Much is written about Butterflies (and Caterpillars) and I’m still finding more. The bulk of this file was written before March 2008, but now (March 2009) I’ve found some great powerpoints online:

Check these out: Don’t be too quick to click it on to next frame.

*** *** – worth
studying – starts with life cycle; some pp from a NZ perspective, Nth
America details about pg49)

Butterflies and Moths ppt – a big WOW! if you’re in to butterflies and
moths (in NZ); first few pages compare butterflies and moths –
Flowers That Fly – interesting – forum – alse see word tags on


Butterflies – metamorphosis
butterfly Label the parts of various insects (one that flies and one that crawls)
To download this month’s special Creepy Crawlies collection, visit: – helps for creating your lapbook >> – webquest – colouring pages, life cycle – games, activities, lifecycle links has a free unit on Butterflies and Moths [7-10yo].
It is a good example as to what the units look like from – free teacher sample (Teacher Created Materials), including ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ outline. Not all learning will be on paper in the lapbook. this lists lots of insect activities that could be applied to a lapbook – wealth of info on various topics!

Lesson Titles could be:
1. Introduction to Butterflies 2. Life Cycle 3. Diet 4. Pollination 5. Habitat and Migration 6. Defense Mechanisms 7. Butterfly or Moth? 8. Conservation 



Life Cycle – photosThis site has a wheel book for polar animals and another for the life cycle of a butterfly, a frog, and a hatching egg.
Circle book for butterfly at: – Look under life cycle p3
At search code AJ12368  AJ12367 or do a search on frog life cycle & butterfly life cycle. Click on red camera for a photo. helps to illustrate life cycle, good graphic. Could also use ‘inch square’ pages with a butterfly. – Creepy Crawlies worksheets – butterfly life cycle worksheet. Free membership.  Cockroach story includes butterflies/insects.

Camouflage …
Be intrigued by insect’s abilities to blend in with nature, or use their appearance to intimidate predators, like the spots on a moth’s wings appear to be eyes, etc. – activity sheet

What makes an insect different than an arachnid or true bug. Contrast/ compare. Venn diagram.


Food Chain … – nutrition
How insects stack up on the food chain, and where the world would be without them.
What eats Insects vs. What Insects eat – could do a lift the flap with pictures of various insects and things they eat vs. pictures of insects and animals that eat them

Pollination …
Where would the flowers be without their insect friends.

HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION – Monarch migration
Tracking …

Follow the migration patterns of the Monarch Butterfly. There are sites you can read about online, students tag the butterflies and they go all the way down to South America from up North.   Map of U.S. (or World) and color according to where certain insects are found.


Edibles …
Recipes for making bugs, eating bugs, and feeding bugs would be fun.

Inspiration Spot


A story about the wisdom of suffering.
A man found a butterfly cocoon. One day a small opening appeared and he sat and watched the butterfly as it struggled for several hours to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared that it had gotten as far as it could.

The man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped of the remaining bit of cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily but it had a swollen body and small, shrivelled wings. The man expected that at any moment the wings would expand and be able to support the body, but this never happened.

The butterfly spent its whole life crawling around with a swollen body unable to fly. The restricting cocoon and the struggle required to get through the tiny opening were needed to force fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight when it achieved freedom.

Sometimes struggles are just what we need in life. If we went through life without obstacles, it would cripple us spiritually. We would not be as strong as we could have been. And we would never fly.

© collated by Johanna Whittaker, Hamilton, NZ, 2005. Ideas from web searches and various webgroups, eg. Yahoo Lapbooking.

Further information about monarch butterflies

 Resources and Web Sites  This site is web quest in its own right. It starts with a legend. There is a list of questions. Each question is a link to a web page where the children can find the answer to that question. It also has links to other activities and the word butterfly in many different languages. Art activity make your own chrysallis and emerging butterfly   A diary written from the caterpillars point of view. Could be a good written lang activity. Also colouring in pages xwords etc    Worksheet examples   Zoom butterflies page pictures and general information  A life cycle diagram   Butterfly books and products   Some posters in pdf format I haven’t tried these so I don’t know how relevant they are. – enemies, alt food source

In New Zealand, small over-wintering swarms have been found in coastal areas, for example, Church Hill, Nelson, where they spend from April-May to September. Other wintering sites include Kaeo (Tauranga Bay), Manaia and Hastings. The butterflies are not totally dormant – they will start to fly if the weather warms up, and feed at flowers.
No New Zealand records have been found from before the 1860s-70s, though it is notable that there is a Maori name – ‘kakahu’ – for this butterfly. Records suggest this species migrated quickly across the Pacific Ocean, reaching Hawaii in 1840, Pohnpei 1857, Tonga 1863, Samoa 1867, Rarotonga 1869, Brisbane 1870, Melbourne 1872, NZ 1873, Tahiti 1972.
The first confirmed New Zealand record in 1873.
Monarch butterflies breed here, depending on the introduced swan plant as a host for its caterpillars.

Monarchs in the City: Ambassadors for Invertebrate BiodiversitySteve Pawson (University of Canterbury, Forest Research) and Lisa Berndt (Forest Research)

The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a quintessential part of the New Zealand urban summer, as it is in many parts of the world. The monarch was first observed in New Zealand in the 1870s. Monarchs rely on milkweeds (Family: Asclepiadaceae), which are not native to New Zealand, but often cultivated by home gardeners. As such, throughout their range monarchs are one of the most common butterflies seen by the general public.  Monarch butterflies are known to overwinter in New Zealand in large clusters in areas where the average winter temperature drops below 10°C.  Little is known about monarch overwintering behaviour in New Zealand, so the authors were keen to find out more. A small article in the Christchurch provincial newspaper (31st May, 2003, The Press) elicited a huge response. Over 100 reports of monarch clustering behaviour came in via phone and email, and at present over 40 possible overwintering sites have been recorded in Christchurch alone. Public interest was such that five other articles were published in various media including newspapers, local television and web sites. – pics lifecycleI rang Hamilton CC, Parks Division, and they told me of sightings last year around some pine trees in Lincoln Street.Butterflies can get to Australia if there is a sustained easterly. Apparently it takes them a couple of days to get here on a westerly. But not all butterflies migrate back to Oz – it seems that our temps are moderate enough and at 10deg C they just cluster in trees locally til August-September. I find it interesting that Chch has so many clusters. Also found this article on Scoop from a couple of days ago: – Press Release: Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust – take a photo or just post comments on this group, seems to be new site  Chch City Council- brochure – overwintering



Websites Label the parts of various insects (one that flies and one that crawls)
To download this month’s special Creepy Crawlies collection, visit:


Country Study Outline

When studying a country – any country, region, or ethnic group – it’s handy to use a ‘menu’ for the children or you to follow and select from.

  • This ‘country study’ chart I’ve done is flexible and comprehensive enough to serve as a framework for a make-your-own lapbook on any country or region.

country-study – pdf, one page grid

  • Then scour your local public libraries and online at google.
    Try:   lapbook  SUBJECT     OR     free lapbook  SUBJECT.
  • We’ve just done India so typed in “lapbook India”    OR   “unit study India”   OR   “lesson plan India”   – so much out there.
  • Search with other words eg. clothes   food   religion
  • Also check out Google images – click open photo and right click save a few to decorate the lapbook.

Enjoy your lapbooking, – from the beginning – 12yo+ lapbooking



LINK : Nutrition …



– collated from various Lapbooking groups, Sept 2007

lap book on nutrition and I am trying to come up with 10 questions. The questions I have so far are
1 Types of food, examples and amounts to be eaten per day
2 3 minerals and 3 vitamins and what impact they have on the body and what foods we need to eat to get them
3 BMI – what does this stand for and what are the guide lines
4 a healthy menu for a day
5 what does GI mean and examples
6 Name 5 super foods and what they do for you


—Sounds a lot like food pyramid stuff,
Also how about organics…what is true organic.
Serving sizes.
Wheat versus white and why.
What is a calorie. How much energy does it take to burn one. 
Compare the regular diet of different countries…which is healthier.


A rainbow on your dinner plate is a great way for preschoolers to learn their colours as well as healthy eating. There is usually blue on the plate or table cloth!

Here’s some words we put to “Jesus loves Me” to help the process:

Red Orange Yellow, Green and Blue
Indigo Violet – More colours too.
Black and White makes grey* you know
All the colours of God’s rainbow.
Yes, Jesus loves me …
© johanna w, nz, 2000
[* any combo – Red and Blue makes purple … Blue and Yellow makes green …] have fun,


= We’re working on HOAC’s Healthy Eating lapbook in conjunction with a nutrition class that we just completed—I wanted to share something we’ve added that’s turning out really cute.  I wanted to include the “Eat from the Rainbow” concept—eating lots of dark- and brightly-colored fruits and veggies—so I made a rainbow book out of multiple colors of cardstock.  For each page/color of the rainbow, we cut examples out of cooking and lifestyle magazines (so, for example, the orange page has pictures of carrots, oranges, pumpkins, etc).  The pages flip down and each page has some text about what are good choices in each color family and what health benefits those choices provide.  It’s super-cute and a great, vibrant visual addition. 

= It’s the ‘Healthy Eating’ lapbook, here’s the link.  My son did this last spring and had a blast!  He’s more “up” on nutrition than most adults now
🙂  Seriously!

= My 12 yo dd just finished HOAC’s Healthy Eating Lapbook. As part of her science curriculum, she’s been reading Janice VanCleave’s Food and Nutrition for Every Kid. The lapbook was a great fit for the book and a great way to record what she’s learned. She especially enjoyed the activity of comparing meals from a fast food restaurant. What an eye-opener! Doing the lapbook and reading the book have made her more aware of food labels and of her own food choices.


September is Eating Healthy Month
I taught my children their colours through food – always helped to have blue on the plate or tablecloth! Makes you think about how you design your meal.And to the tune of ‘Jesus Loves Me’ we made up this ditty:


Serving sizes, ie. ½ banana is 1 serving of fruit.  Most people wouldn’t know what a real serving size is in our “super size” world. I like the serving size idea that was suggested. I was thrilled to learn that a “portion” of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. I hate it when they use weight, as it means nothing to me.How to read a label might be good too. 


Good basic things to know about nutrition.
*What are fatty acids and why are they important? How is fat essential, what vitamins help it’s absorption; does fat cause fat; what foods have good fat? (often children, young women special, think fat is “bad” for you) Look it up, I would, but were about to start school. Good fats come from nuts, fish, avocados, and plant sources.
*Fat soluble vitamins vs. water soluble vitamins
*saturated fats vs. unsaturated fats and classifying various fats as saturated or unsaturated
*why transfats are bad for us
*Simple vs. complex carbohydrates and which foods fall into which category
*Why it’s important to drink plenty of water each day?
*Macronutrients vs. micronutrients
*Why is eating several small meals a day better than eating three large?*Food additives and why they’re bad for you
*Nutrient deficiency diseases – scurvy, rickets, etc.
*How proper eating improves and maintains health?
*Different types of eating styles – vegetarian, vegan, raw, macrobiotics, etc.
*how to read a food label
*why high fructose corn syrup is bad for us


What does to much sugar do to your body?
Cause obesity, “empty” calories (not filling yet gives calories that are non-essential), aids in tooth decay (tooth decay needs the organisms first eating sugar alone will not cause tooth decay, carries has to be present), gives energy high then drops quickly, etc


Cholesterol, which foods cause bad cholesterol (animal products) and what foods reduce the bad cholesterol (oats, almonds, etc). I don’t know if you need to go as far as studying LDL and HDL in depth, but that depends on the ages of your kid
Does cholesterol cause cholesterol?
No “hardening fats ie bacon grease, drippings from pork, beef, lard cause cholesterol.  


7 How is water an important resource? It helps lubricate the bowels, rinse the body of toxins, cushions origins, keeps skin moist, clear skin, etc. Could also include signs of dehydration and water poisoning, ie drinking to much


11 What foods aid in good hair, teeth, and skin care? (good question to examine with a budding preteen) chocolate does not cause acne, poor nutrition like chips, candy, soda does. Soda and other drinks with citric acid causes tooth discoloration. Poor nutrition and bad hygiene aid in oily hair. Gelatin or Jello helps to strengthen hair and nails, so does fish.


—Gregory the Terrible Eater
Friendship Saves the Day

both books were about goats.

You could do food group booklets, compare/contrast people/goat diets, make up a balanced menu and/or food log, read and identify ingredients on food labels, etc. Also could include pictures of goats, their uses ie: milk, cheese, soap, etc.


Vegetable Prints
Make a cool painting using vegetables (or fruits). Great way to add art to a unit on nutrition or gardening!—website at Dole will work.\
p?topmenu=1 Or the national Dairy council


For the main feature of your lap book. You can have enlarged picture of a person or take a photo of yourself of one of your child who’s doing the book. Enlarge their picture. Photocopy it on to A4 or larger. But copy two pictures.

Cut out the first photo and stick that in as the main feature picture. then get the second photo and cut the parts off where the clothing is.

And then stick this on top of the first but as a flap. So its like you open their cardigan or what ever they are wearing. And then on the in sides of the clothing.

Label out the health benefits from eating health food for that part of the body. Or don’t cut out the parts at all but cut into sections. That way you can label the head area too, saying something like ‘Bananas are a great brain food, and ‘carrots are great for eyesight and healthy nails’……or what ever. Or if you don’t want to be so simple, then get more detailed in your description. Like for instance: spinach is great for the liver and gives iron…..You could do this same thing with pictures of foods and beverages. And write inside of each one the benefits or bad things about that particular food.
You could do a diagram of a plate with the serving suggestions of the what you should be eating. Like ‘x’ amounts of carbs and ‘x’ amounts of protein and so on. But make it into a pie wheel. With the little window. So when you turn the top part. It will show.
You could also do a photo of a mouth or hand draw it and make a tab at the end of the bottom lip and when you pull it down, it opens. A long paper tongue pops out and you could write up something on oral hygiene. And what happens to the mouth when eating bad foods. And name the disease you could get for poor dental care. And disease of the tongue and mouth from bad nutrition.


We just finished a lapbook on nutrition. We used Nutrition Explorations we did Little D’s Nutrition Expedition about a little dinosaur who was sick because he wasn’t eating right, but there are several different studies and online games as well.  We really enjoyed Little D.I added printables for fun from: 


For your food allergies book, how about including some information about nutrition?  You could have him build a food pyramid out of foods that he CAN eat, discuss what vitamins/minerals actually do for you, and perhaps look at alternate sources for things (ex.: if he is allergic to milk, have him look at where else he gets calcium.  You could do a book where you put maybe the items he can’t have w/ / through it & the name of the vitamin, then you lift the page and under it is an acceptable source for that vitamin (broccoli, for calcium).


You could do something on the digestive system and how it works.  How to read a food label.  Gather nutrition information from various restaurants     (they have pamphlets available)

You could address how to ask a question, so that your child knows how to ask an adult to check a label politely (important when visiting other’s houses).  You could also teach how to say “no thank you” politely. 


We did a nutrition lapbook with a food pyramid, a poem, a list of foods from a-z, vocabulary, digestion chart, and a food survey among other things.
The food survey was our favorite part. My daughter phoned and e-mailed a bunch of our family and asked them their favorite food. Then we made a bar graph to display the results…too fun! I couldn’t find the printables that I wanted for the longest time and then when I finally found one site, I found the mother-load!!!


Here are a few links that I found…
We also did a fun food diary, where we kept track of what we ate for the week, and then analysed it on this website. Very cool!


I found a food pyramid in an Evan-Moor book I had and some other cut-outs that were designed to go in a pocket book. I reduced some of them and am using them lapbook style.I wanted the girls to keep a food journal. I really like the sound of your weekly schedule with the little triangles. Did you happen to download it and save it or do you remember where you got it?I’m going to have them make a little recipe book too as we experiment with “healthy” recipes and make mini-books on various fruits and vegetables and what important vitamins/minerals they have.We’ll also write a bit about carbohydrates, fats, proteins, etc. Maybe a water chart….I saw something about heart health on a site I saved I thought we could use too.I found some cute fruit and veggie stickers when I was out and about today and picked up some more books at the library.


We downloaded a food pyramid from the internet so my 6-year-old could see what it was and how it was structured.  Then I found a weekly schedule with little triangles to fill in as you ate from the food groups.  Then my son drew a pyramid (triangle) and filled it in.  We discussed a different “layer” every day and what vitamins were in things and examples.  Then he made a Lego pyramid and we took a picture.  He also wrote in a verse to tie it into God’s word.  He drew pictures of exercise (a kid on a bike), sleep and water (with an 8 to represent how many to drink).


We did as part of a handwashing unit in our nutrition class. It’s not lapbooking, but very memorable.
Get some washable fingerpaints and coat both of the child’s hands with a thin layer of it. Allow it to dry. Then blindfold them, we just had them close their eyes, and have them wash their hands with water only for 15 seconds. Have them open their eyes and see how much paint is still on their hands. Do the experiment again, allowing them to use soap and water this time…once again blindfolded. It is interesting to see the difference a bit of soap makes….and the kids were surprised at the parts they missed (under fingernails, where your fingers meet your palms) while washing. Since it was a nutrition class, we made sure to comment about what if that were chicken juice on your hands and you couldn’t see what was left. Maybe you could take pictures of this experiment for their lapbooks.Another fun idea is to let them bubble paint on some of the paper you’ll be using. Mix a bit of tempera paint with bubble solution in a yoghurt cup or pie tin. Put a straw in it and have the kids blow bubbles (don’t let them suck the paint/bubble mixture up the straw), and then lay your paper on top of the bubbles for a few seconds. Set the paper aside to dry before using it. You end up with a really cool marbly/bubbly effect. –  ABCs of Growing Healthy Kids 2-6yo – My Pyramid
this U.S. gov. site has printable worksheets (track your meals!), etc. Various activities including: – TONS of food group activities (printable food sort cards, etc.)

– collated by Johanna Whittaker from Lapbooking yahoogroups files, Sept 2007



Bread : outline

· An understanding of yeast.
· An understanding of leavened and unleavened bread.
· An understanding of the bread-making process.
· An understanding of the variety of breads available internationally.
· An awareness of the additives that are in commercial breads.
· A recipe they have designed and adapted.
· A package/wrapper for this bread.
· An item modelled from bread.
· A number of different types of bread, unleavened, leavened, cultural and festive.

Globally, wheat is the most important human food grain and ranks second in total production as a cereal crop behind maize; the third being rice. Wheat is a staple food that is used to make flour for breads; cookies (biscuits), cakes, pasta, and noodles. Wheat is also used for fermentation to make alcohol.


Useful websites Index

Yeast sites

History sites

Commercial bread



“Cast your bread upon the waters.” – Bible


Craft : Painted Bread Buttons

By Megan Pflug

This craft is almost good enough to eat. 
What you need:

·       cookie cutters
·       white bread
·       yarn
·       craft glue
·       paint brushes
·       acrylic paint

What to do:
1.     Using cookie cutters, punch out shapes from slices of white bread and let them dry out.
2.     Poke a hole at the top and bottom of each shape for lacing the yarn.
3.     With watered-down glue, paint around the outside edge of the cut-outs to reinforce the shape.
4.     Once the shapes have dried, invite your child to paint them with bright designs.
String them together to create a funky bread-based work of art for hanging on walls or windows.   
“knows what side his bread is buttered on”


Story : Little Red Hen

Once there was a little red hen who found some wheat. “Who will help me plant this wheat?” she asked.“Not I,” said the cat.“Not I,” said the dog.“Not I,” said the pig.

“Then I will plant it myself,” announced the hen.

 After the wheat grew, the little red hen needed to harvest it and take it to the mill.“Who will help me?” she asked.“Not I, ” said the cat.“Not I,” said the dog.“Not I,” said the pig.

“Then I’ll do it myself,” sputtered the hen.

 When the wheat was ground into flour, the little red hen decided to bake some bread.“Who will help me make the bread?” she asked.“Not I,” said the cat.“Not I,” said the dog.“Not I,” said the pig.

“Then I’ll do it myself,” yelled the hen.

 The bread smelled delicious as it was baking. “Now, who is going to help me eat this bread?” asked the little red hen.“I will,” said the cat.“I will,” said the dog.“I will,” said the pig.

But the little red hen shook her head and said “No, thank you. I’d rather eat it by myself.”

 As a group activity, write your own Little Red Hen book.
Decide who will help with the writing, with the illustrations, with proofreading and assembling the book.
Make sure you add the book to your classroom library.


“best thing since sliced bread ”


Should the government ban bread?

Look at these facts ….. it’s horrifying?

— More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.
— More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.
— Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.
— Bread is made from a substance called “dough.” It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!
— Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after as little as two days.
— Newborn babies can choke on bread.
— Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit. That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.
— Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.— Bread has been the catalyst for political upheaval and dietary disaster worldwide, the militant “Whole Grain Cult”, for instance.
— After Jesus broke bread with his disciples the resulting betrayal changed world history forever. (Incorrect fundamentalist thinking blames it on the wine.)
— Money is sometimes called “bread”. Money is the root of all evil. Coincidence?

Frightening statistics! We propose the following:
— No sale of bread to minors.
— A nationwide “Just Say No To Toast” campaign, complete with celebrity TV spots and bumper stickers.
— A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.
— No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.
— The establishment of “Bread-free” zones around schools.
— Eliminate subsidies for farmers engaged in the growing of wheat.
— Health hazard warning labels to be placed on all packages of bread

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