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









PDFS OF WEB PAGES about George Washington Carver

Can study as part of:

Nutrition, history, inventors, inventions, black history, african american, south, peanuts,


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.

*** http://www.bitbybit.co.nz/business/ppt/Monarchs.pps *** – 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

http://www.bitbybit.co.nz/business/ppt/EIFS_presentation_final.ppt –
Flowers That Fly – interesting


http://monarch.org.nz/monarch/forum/ – forum – alse see word tags on


Butterflies – metamorphosis

http://www.insectlore.com/xlorepedia_stuff/butterflies.html http://www.insectlore.com/xlorepedia_stuff/monarch.html

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/ Label the parts of various insects (one that flies and one that crawls)http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/printouts.shtml http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterflies/activities/ http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/butterfly/
To download this month’s special Creepy Crawlies collection, visit:

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/butterfly_lapbook.php – helps for creating your lapbook

http://insected.arizona.edu/bflyinfo.htm >> http://www.monarchlab.umn.edu/research/PNE/pne.html http://www.allabery.com/courses/webquest/harper/index.html – webquest
http://www.edhelper.com/AnimalReadingComprehension_75_1.html http://mpin.nbii.org/insects/kidsbutterfly/ – colouring pages, life cycle
http://kecirohomeschool.com/butterflypage.htm – games, activities, lifecycle links
http://ishoptoday.com/ishop_free.htm has a free unit on Butterflies and Moths [7-10yo].
It is a good example as to what the units look like from http://www.schoolexpress.com

http://www.ebookdestination.com/estore/product/TCR2372 – free teacher sample (Teacher Created Materials), including ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ outline. Not all learning will be on paper in the lapbook.
http://www.coe.iup.edu/worldofkindergarten/I/instac.html this lists lots of insect activities that could be applied to a lapbook – wealth of info on various topics!http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/GR/curriculum/4th/butterflies.htm

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
http://www.geocities.com/wyllz/id177.htm – 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:
http://www.kizclub.com/animalcrafts.html – Look under life cycle p3
At www.windmill.net.au search code AJ12368  AJ12367 or do a search on frog life cycle & butterfly life cycle. Click on red camera for a photo.
http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/butterfly/index.htmlactivity helps to illustrate life cycle, good graphic. Could also use ‘inch square’ pages with a butterfly.
www.learningpage.com – 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. http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/games/teacher/butterflies/index.htm http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/games/teacher/butterflies/print.htm – activity sheet

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


Food Chain …
http://insected.arizona.edu/lesson_07/default.htm – 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.


http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/alienempire/voyagers.html – 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

http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/kmcdavid/shunt.htm  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.
http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/butterfly/index.html Art activity make your own chrysallis and emerging butterfly
http://www.foremost.com/butterflies/kid_stuff.htm   A diary written from the caterpillars point of view. Could be a good written lang activity. Also colouring in pages xwords etc http://monarchwatch.org/gallery/class/long1.htm    Worksheet examples
http://monarchwatch.org/gallery/class/long3.htm http://www.zoomschool.com/subjects/butterfly/species/Monarch.shtml   Zoom butterflies page pictures and general information http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/activities/printouts/lifecycle.shtml  A life cycle diagram
http://monarchwatch.org/order/index.htm   Butterfly books and products
http://monarchwatch.org/order/posters.htm   Some posters in pdf format I haven’t tried these so I don’t know how relevant they are. 
http://www.ecotours.co.nz/webforum/ecoforum/index.phtml?subject=view&msg=48 – 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.

http://www.usyd.edu.au/macleay/larvae/nymp/plexi.html – 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: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0507/S00020.htm – Press Release: Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust
http://monarch.org.nz/monarch/ – take a photo or just post comments on this group, seems to be new site  Chch City Council- brochure – overwintering




http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/ Label the parts of various insects (one that flies and one that crawls)
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/printouts.shtml http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterflies/activities/ http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/butterfly/
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,

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Lapbooking101/ – from the beginning
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Lapbooking7up/ – 12yo+ lapbooking

Welcome to the World of Lapbooking 101 …


– a how-to site of ideas for lapbooks with webquests and topical resources


How to Lapbook



Lapbooking Topics



Your Lapbooking 101 Host


Luke 1 and 2 in the New Testament of the Bible tell what happened around the Birth of Christ in some detail with additional passages, well…, throughout the Bible but especially in Isaiah 9 and Matthew 1+2.

I love the wonder and awe of Christmas. The lights, decorations, and trees all add to this. Our family doesn’t do Santa Claus as we don’t think he has anything to add to the real story of the Gift-giver, who was motivated by immense love for us. And we don’t have to be good for us to receive His (God’s) gifts.

St Nicholas (December 6), a bishop from Myrna, Turkey, is celebrated for his generous gifts hundreds of years ago. This brings the focus for the season to giving and not getting.

This year our family hid little and homemade gifts on night of Dec 5th in each other’s shoes, surreptitiously. Bookmarks, letters, chocolate coins, small homemade photo books. I received a hand crafted paper jet plane from my 8yo boy – and a wrapped up car (one of his favourites)! What a blessing!


http://www.squidoo.com/OnlineChristmasParty – scroll nearly halfway down to : crafts, food, gifts, traditions


http://www.lulu.com/items/volume_62/1607000/1607938/2/print/1607938.pdf  – 18 pages, for a lapbook

http://www.lulu.com/content/2838022 – colour version
http://www.lulu.com/items/volume_63/2838000/2838022/1/print/2838022.pdf (2MB)




Advent – Calendars




http://web.archive.org/web/20061208232607/http://members.aol.com/Sftrail/christ/advent1.html– Celebrating Meeting Jesus (6p, pdf) (-this is an archive page. I saved through ‘print’ pdf995.)


http://www.bisous.biz/scrap/scrap_ideas/advent_photo_instructions.html – Melyssa Connolly, or



Jesse Tree

http://www.crivoice.org/jesse.html – story, making of, scriptures 

Paper Craft
Christmas Tree 


Volunteers “Jesus Helpers”

What can your family do?
wider family – whanau, neighbours, “orphans and widows” in your community of faith.
Habitat for Humanity, Prison Fellowship – Angel Tree, Compassion/Samaritan’s Purse Christmas boxes, local faith-based Op Shop.


Sanity in the Celebration

1.  Aim for Sanity

Remind yourself of this aim each day as Christmas approaches. Deliberately  choose not to try to outdo anyone else. Focus on what is important for you and your family this season.

2.  Put People First

Visit, phone, or write to “old” friends. Remember the singles and solos – check they are not alone this Christmas.  Make room for what lasts. Trees, decorations,  wrapping paper, and parties are just the accessories (sometimes the excess-ories) of the season.  

3.  Break Bad Habits

Take time to examine your Christmas traditions. If they’re no longer sensible or relevant, lay them aside. Talk this over with your family and create new more meaningful family traditions.

4.  Make Room for Fun

In the midst of the pressured and commercialised Christ-mas, make sure there is room for fun. Set aside a day for cooking with the children. Allow the presents to be not-so-perfectly wrapped by not-so-coordinated fingers. Have folks over for a picnic, barbecue, or an evening. Relax – and laugh!

5.  Shop – then Stop!

Well before December, make a gift list, set a completion date, and a cost limit for each person. Shop leisurely in stages and record purchases. When you reach your goals –  STOP! 

6.  Ponder the Point

Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. Keep this central in all activities. Jesus, God’s only son, came to earth to serve and to save. This is the reason for the season. Let us celebrate God’s goodness to us this Christmas.

Unit Studies Lesson Plans

Unit Studies and Lesson Plans are available in bulk online, but it’s knowing how and where to find them to suit your ‘school’ needs.

A refined www.google.com search helps:

 “unit studies”  
– Use the speech marks and add a common base word to define the topic eg lapbooks. Experiment with a few topic variations. eg.    mandela     “nelson mandela”     anc mandela       apartheid mandela

http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitstudies/a/unitdirectory.htm – by subject, grade level, A-Z


eg L includes Little House on the Prairie, leafy greens, Lewis+Clark etc

By academic subject:
eg. science, ss/geog, language arts

https://lapbooking.wordpress.com/unitlinks/ – more! more!

Don’t forget about webquests :



http://lapbooking.tumblr.com/archive – check topics like butterflies, bread etc in March column


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