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Idaho State Bird Project – Mountain Bluebird

Studying the state of Idaho? Perhaps doing a unit on Ornithology? This project based unit is designed to help students study and record information about Idaho’s state bird – the Mountain Bluebird!

To learn more, see details below or you can preview a similar product here. This similar product preview will show you what this resource includes with the only difference being the bird will be the Idaho state bird!

What type of pages are contained in this set:
– A map page (for the state)
– Scientific classification page
– A page for students to give details about the bird’s physical description, habitat, diet, life span and reproduction
– A page where students will do additional map work to show where in the U.S. the bird lives in addition to migration information
– Coloring page
– Several pages on which students can use for expository and/or creative writing as well as sections in which students may draw.

14 pages in all and is designed for different levels / abilities.

My Teaching Library has a notebooking set for each of all 50 states. In addition, you can get all of them bundled!

State Bird Notebooking Mega BUNDLE

If you are looking for a different state bird resource, go to My Teaching Library and in the search bar type in the state you want + state bird (ex: Maryland state bird) want + state bird (ex: Maryland state bird)

Here are other bird related products you’ll love…

North American Birds of Prey Research / Report Pages
Birds if Prey Flashcards
Audubon’s Birds – Coloring Book (80 species)
U.S. State Birds Coloring Book

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Central America Country Studies BUNDLE | K-2nd This BUNDLE includes six Central American country study resources and is designed to be used with Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade students. Each resource is a mini-book project. Students will write and color as they learn about each of the following countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
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Music Rebus for Early Learners Designed for early learners (PreK – 1st grade), this music rebus resource includes two instrument worksheets. Not only will students learn the names of 5 instruments (guitar, trumpet, maracas, bongos, drums) but they will be matching, tracing and writing. This resource is a fun way to combine music and language arts!
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Arkansas Notebooking | Unique State Shaped Writing Paper Students can use these unique state shaped notebooking pages to create a report on Arkansas after doing research on the state. It includes 2 different page types, one geared toward beginning writers (multiple colored lines) and the other is single lined.
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Spring Math Skills Review | 2nd-3rd Grades Help students K-2nd grade learn about the culture of the Central American country of Honduras while they create a 12 page mini-book! Students will learn about the country’s location, official language, traditional clothing, wildlife, food and more!
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Spring Themed Writing Paper


Spring Writing Paper

Need something to easily inspire student creativity? Give them paper that they will want to use to publish their work! It can be that easy!!

My Teaching Library offers a Spring Writing Paper resource with 101 different designs.

These colorful 101 pages are perfect for all types of writing assignments, fun stories and creative poems. Use the around holidays like Easter and Mother’s day, or to assigne reports on Spring weather, nature and much, much more.


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Project-Based 5 Themes of Geography Country Study – Paraguay

Looking for a project for students to demonstrate their knowledge of and ability to synthesize information surrounding the 5 themes of Geography? Here it is!

This is a project-based country study on the South American country of Paraguay focusing on the 5 Themes of Geography: location, place, regions, movement and human/environment integration! There are a lot of country studies but this one is different.

This study will ask students to ‘think like a geographer‘ in their research and recording. Using this resource, students will…

  • – Learn about the country of Paraguay
  • – Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to synthesize information and write about Paraguay through a 5 themes of geography lens.
  • – Create a wonderful project displaying their learning.

This resource 18 page resource is perfect for any geography classroom and can be used for 5th – 12th grades!

Sample questions include:

  • – (Location) Describe the relative location of the country.
  • – (Location) What is the latitude and longitude of the capital city?
  • – (Place) What major landforms are found in the country?
  • – (Place) What is/are the climate type(s) of the country?
  • – (Regions) When considering this country, describe and give examples of at least one type of functional region within it.
  • – (Movement) Describe any historically important migration patterns of information you have found about past or current migration for this country. You may include internal, external migration, emigration, immigration, return and/or seasonal migration.
  • – (Human/Environmental Integration) Give examples of how people who have lived in this country changed or modified the environment.

Please note: Students will need to understand the 5 Themes of Geography  to complete this project.

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Geography for Kids – Guatemala

Guatemala is the fifth largest country of the North American continent. It is a mountainous country belonging to a region referred to as ‘Central America’. With almost 20 million people, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America.

Guatemala shares both a Pacific Ocean and an Atlantic Ocean coastline and borders four countries: Mexico in the north and west, Belize in the north east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador in the southeast of the country. The longest border is shared with Mexico.

If you are studying world cultures or geography with kids in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grades and you want to teach them about this beautiful country and a little bit about the culture, here is a fun project from My Teaching Library!

The teaching resource will help students (K-2nd grade) learn about the culture of this Central American country while they create a 12 page mini-book!

Students will learn about the country’s location, official language, traditional clothing, national symbols, food and more! There are two pages of copy work  to practice handwriting and plenty of pictures to color while they are learning about the cultural highlights of the country.

Use alone or with My Teaching Library’s other country study minibooks!


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Animals, notebooking, Science

Animal Study – The Mink

Mink are dark-colored, semiaquatic, carnivorous mammals of the genera Neovison and Mustela, and part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, otters and ferrets.

There are two extant (still in existence) species referred to as “mink”: the American mink and the European mink. The extinct sea mink is related to the American mink but was much larger.

Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Subfamily:Mustelinae
Genus:Neovison and Mustela

Would you like your students to do a research and reporting project on this mammal? If so, My Teaching Library offers the following product that will be creative by providing them with these pages to create a report on the mink.



Mink | Notebooking Pages
This is a cross-curricular resource that will require students to research and learn about the life of a mink (science), record and write what they have learned (language arts) and complete map work (geography).

Species

  • European mink Mustela lutreola
  • American mink Neovison vison

Size

The male weighs about 1 kg (2.2 lb) and is about 62 cm (24 in) in length. Farm bred males can reach 3.2 kg (7.1 lb). The female weighs about 600 g (1.32 lb) and reaches a length of about 51 cm (20 in). The sizes above do not include the tail, which can be from 12.8 centimetres (5.0 in) to 22.8 centimetres (9.0 in).

Color

A mink’s rich glossy coat in its wild state is brown and looks silky. Farm-bred mink can vary from white to almost black, which is reflected in the British wild mink. Their pelage is deep, rich brown, with or without white spots on the underparts, and consists of a slick, dense underfur overlaid with dark, glossy, almost stiff guard hairs.

Lifespan

The maximum lifespan of a mink is usually around ten years, but rarely exceeds three years in the wild.

Want to learn even more about about the Mink? Here is student friendly article for them…


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Growth Mindset

Books to Help Students Develop a Positive Growth Mindset

Having a growth mindset helps students achieve their educational and personal goals. That is why My Teaching Library has developed these products for the classroom.

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Along with these products, here are some suggested books to add to your classroom that can help students learn to have a growth mindset…

  • Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss

Horton the elephant hears a cry coming from a piece of dust. In it, he finds a tiny town of people who need help. No one believes Horton, but he doesn’t give up. He works hard to prove that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”

  • Making A Splash by Carol E. Reiley

Inspired by the popular mindset idea that hard work and effort can lead to success, Making A Splash is the first of its kind type of story.

  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

A charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing!” But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly.

  • Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

The book shows young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful.

  • The Empty Pot, by Demi

Ping is excited! Each child has one royal seed to plant, and the child with the best flower becomes the next Emperor. Ping cares for his seed, but it doesn’t grow. Still, Ping stands out for trying hard to grow his seed, even though he has an empty pot.

  • Bubble Gum Brain by Julia Cook & Allison Valentine  

This creative story centered on growth mindset teaches children (and adults) the valuable lesson that becoming is better than being, which can open the door to a whole new world of possibilities!

  •  Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

A story about Willie who goes through his day, trying, trying and trying some more until finally his efforts are rewarded with a tweet!

  • Not Yet by Lisa Cox

The setting of the book is one full day in the life of Lorisa, the main character. The story takes you through her day at home and at school as she models for children a positive attitude as she makes some mistakes and experiences successes.

  • I Think, I Am! Teaching Kids the Power of Affirmations by L. Hay and K. Tracy

Fun illustrations and simple text demonstrate how to make the change from negative thoughts and words to those that are positive. The happiness and confidence that come from this ability is something children will carry with them their entire lives!

  • She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton & Alexandra Boiger

The book is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small.

  • Thanks for the Feedback, I Think (Best Me I Can Be!) by Julia Cook

Parents and teachers will love taking kids on RJ’s journey as he discovers feedback’s many forms, and learns to accept and grow from criticism and compliments at home, school and with friends.

  • What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

It’s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s just getting started.

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien

Mrs. Frisby is a dedicated mouse mom who needs help for her sick son. She gets it from a group of smart laboratory rats. Together they have adventures. Their journey to safety is scary — but fun to follow!

  •  Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan

Michael feels the reason he isn’t very good at basketball is because he is short. His mother suggests a little bit of salt in his shoes would help him grow. Months go by and he still isn’t any taller. Michael later learns that his practice and determination are more important than being taller.

  • Unstoppable Me! 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by Wayne W. Dyer

In this book, Dr. Dyer teaches children how to hold on to the no-limit thinking he believes they were born with, rather than just trying to “fit in.” In doing so, they can learn to truly enjoy life and become unstoppable as they strive to attain their dreams.

  • Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Hana’s worried about playing her violin in the talent show. She’s only a beginner! She is determined to play her best, so she practices every day. This inspiring story is about mastering something difficult. It teaches that sometimes there is more than one way to be successful at a task.

  • The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires

An inspiring story about overcoming the fear of failure and trying new things.

  • Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner

Willy’s grandfather can’t work on their farm, and they may lose it. So Willy enters a dogsled race for prize money to keep the farm. He has to compete with Stone Fox, who’s never lost a race. Stone Fox becomes a challenge — and an inspiration — to Willy.

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.

  • Kira-Kira by C. Kadohata

When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it’s Lynn who explains to her why people stop on the street to stare. And it’s Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow

Here is the list of My Teaching Library’s Positive Growth Mindset products with a fun forest animal theme…

Not sure how to use these in the classroom?

There are 36 of each so some use them week by week, introducing one a week and concentrating on the week’s mindset. At the beginning of the week, the poster is displayed, students color the coloring pages and the mindset is discussed. During the week, the mini-book is created. Some teachers handout bookmarks (early) as they discover a student displaying the said mindset and then all students get the bookmark by the end of the week. If students are old enough, the notebooking pages are given out and students are asked to either write about a time they displayed the mindset or they can create a story with the mindset as the guiding principle.

Some teachers also create a growth mindset bulletin board (changing each week) displaying student coloring pages or notebook stories.

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1st, 2nd Grade, Geography, Kindergarten

Geography for Kids – El Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. It is smaller than the state of Massachusetts. The country is very mountainous and bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Known as the Land of Volcanoes, El Salvador has frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. It is the only country in Central America that does not have a coastline on the Caribbean Sea.

If you are studying world cultures or geography with kids in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grades, here is a fun project from My Teaching Library!

This resources has been designed to help students K-2nd grade learn about the culture of the Central American country of El Salvador while they create a 12 page mini-book!

Students will learn about the country’s location, official language, traditional clothing, wildlife, food and more! There are two pages of copy work to practice handwriting and plenty of pictures to color while they are learning about the cultural highlights of the country.

Use alone or with My Teaching Library’s other country study minibooks!


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Students will learn about the country’s location, official language, traditional clothing, wildlife, food and more while the create a fun, 12 page mini-book!
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This Pre-algebra math resource will provide students with the practice they need to add and subtract fractions. There are 4 sets within this product and each set includes 5 different worksheets. Sets 1-3 offer increasing levels of difficulty. Set 4 provides students with multiple choice answers.
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Subtracting Fractions | Like Denominators
This math resource includes 10 worksheets to give students practice in subtracting fractions with like denominators. Problems may include proper, improper and mixed fractions. There are 10 different worksheets, each with 10 problems. Student worksheets also include a fun border that they may color if they choose to do so! Answer keys included.
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Adding Fractions | Like Denominators
This math resource includes 10 worksheets to give students practice in adding fractions with like denominators. Problems may include proper, improper and mixed fractions. There are 10 different worksheets, each with 10 problems. Student worksheets also include a fun border that they may color if they choose to do so! Answer keys included.
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Pre-Algebra BUNDLE | Adding and Subtracting Decimals
This bundle includes 3 products from My Teaching Library. These Pre-algebra math resources will provide students with the practice they need to add and subtract decimals. Students will be given both positive and negative decimals. Decimals may be up to three places (tenths, hundredths and thousandths).
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This Pre-Algebra resource will give students practice in solving one-sided equations with a defined variable. The defined variable will range from -99 to 99. This resource includes: 5 student worksheets (each with 36 problems) – a total of 180 problems and answer keys
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Algebra | Reducing Algebraic Fractions
An algebra resource to help students learn and practice how to reduce algebraic fractions. This resource includes: ▪ An instructional poster ▪ 4 Student worksheets ▪ 1 “How did I?” Worksheet ▪ Answer Keys
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General Biology – Unit 3
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