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Homeschool Math Giveaway – Win an annual family membership!

My Teaching Library has a great giveaway happening this week that I want you to know about. CTC Math is giving away a family membership for an entire year!

CTCMath is a full curriculum which specializes in providing online video tutorials that take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy’s 103 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review, the lessons are short and concise to help your student break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!

The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a “test”. If you want to be Common Core aligned, then this is NOT for you. CTCMath is NOT aligned to Common Core!

Each one of the video tutorials is taught by internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). Even students who struggled with math are getting fantastic results! And ones who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly.

Birds, Interactive notebook, notebooking, U.S. States

Illinois State Bird: The Northern Cardinal – Info and Student Project!

Illinois was the first of seven states to select the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) as its State Bird. The cardinal was chosen in 1929 when Illinois schoolchildren voted for the State Bird. The other candidates were the bluebird, meadowlark, bobwhite (quail) and oriole. The cardinal is also the State Bird of Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

Northern Cardinal males grow vibrant crimson red feathers, while the females’ feathers take on a reddish-brown or gold hue. The males of this species of bird grow to a little larger than females, but not much. Otherwise, the two genders of the bird resemble each other physically. The female bird’s chest and upper area appear yellow and streaked with grey, but their stomach areas appear white or light grey. Typically, these birds have a black bill featuring a brown shade at the base.

From head to tail, the Northern Cardinal of Illinois measures 7.9 to 9.3 inches in length with a wingspan ranging from 9.8 to 12.2 inches. These birds don’t weigh much either, only 1.19 ounces to 2.29 ounces!

Looking for a FUN PROJECT-BASED idea for students to use to record all this information and more? My Teaching Library offers…

Illinois State Bird Project: Northern Cardinal

This project-based unit is designed to help students study and record information about Illinois’s state bird – the Northern Cardinal!

Included:
– 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.

Want to learn MORE about the Northern Cardinal? Check out the article: Let’s Study the Northern Cardinal! on My Teaching Library!


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Let’s Study the Great Gray Owl!

Photo by Lynda Ackert (All Rights Reserved)

This tall gray owl, patterned with brown and white mottling, streaks, and barring, sports a large facial disk and yellow eyes. As with all owls, its eyes are immobile, aimed instead by extremely flexible head movements. It lacks ear tufts, and its chin and the space between its eyes (lores) bear prominent white patches. Though taller and appearing larger than the great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) due to its fluffy plumage, it actually weighs less. Its slow, easy flight is described as heron-like.

Photo by Lynda Ackert (All Rights Reserved)
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Strigiformes
Family:Strigidae
Genus:Strix
Species:S. nebulosa

Habitat and Distribution

Most great gray owls nest in the dense northern boreal forests across North America and Eurasia. The southernmost edge of their range, however, dips down through the Cascades and Klamath Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, into the Sierra Nevada of California and includes the northern Rocky Mountains. Scarce winter food sometimes drives them even further south. They need mature forest habitat with openings that sustain their primary prey: small rodents. In the Pacific Northwest, pine, oak/madrone, Douglas-fir and other forest types bordering bogs, fields, or meadows are suitable.

Diet and Foraging

Great gray owls primarily hunt at night or at dawn and dusk, though they are capable daytime foragers. Voles (Microtus spp.) comprise almost 90% of their diet. Low vole populations, in fact, can significantly lower owl reproduction and trigger mass owl movements south (irruptions) in search of food for the winter. Equipped with powerful hearing, thanks to offset ear openings and a large facial disk, the owls hunt from low perches on the edge of openings. Like most owls, special structures on their feathers—a comb-like filter on the front of flight feathers and a velvety layer across the surface—make their flight almost soundless. They can hear small rodents deep under the snow. (Continue reading)

For Students: Great Gray Owl | Notebooking Report Pages

This Great Gray Owl resource includes ten pages perfect for any student creating a report or project on this bird! There are nine pages that can be used to record findings such as its scientific classification, range, habitat, diet and much more. The last page includes a full black and white illustration so that students can create a colorful picture of this magnificent owl.


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Now Available: General Biology for High School – Units 4-7!

Now available on My Teaching Library are units 4, 5, 6 and 7 of High School General Biology!

Biology, unit 4 will teach high school students about cell theory, the characteristics of living organisms and includes an in-depth study of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells.

Lesson 1: What are Cells?
Lesson 2: Cell Theory
Lesson 3: The Defining Characteristics of Living Organisms
Lesson 4: Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells: Similarities and Differences
Lesson 5: Structure of the Cell Nucleus
Lesson 6: The Ribosome
Lesson 7: The Endomembrane System
Lesson 8: The Cytoskeleton
Lesson 9: Mitochondria Structure
Lesson 10: Cell Membrane
Lesson 11: Plant Cell Structures
Lesson 12: Chloroplast Structures

Biology – Unit 5 will teach high school students all about the cell membrane and the transport of nutrients and waste.

Lesson 1: Transport Across the Cell Membrane
Lesson 2: Feedback Systems
Lesson 3: Osmosis, Diffusion and Saturation
Lesson 4: The Fluid Mosaic Model
Lesson 5: Active and Passive Transport

Biology – Unit 6 is designed for high school students and is an in-depth study on the domains of life: Archaea, Bacteria & Eurkarya

Lesson 1: Domains of Life
Lesson 2: Archaea
Lesson 3: Bacteria
Lesson 4: Eukarya
Lesson 5: Taxonomy
Lesson 6: Protists
Lesson 7: Fungi
Lesson 8: Plantae
Lesson 9: Animalia
Lesson 10: Homeostasis

Biology – Unit 7 is designed for high school students and focuses on global health, diseases, pathogens, viruses and more.

Lesson 1: Health Issues Throughout the World
Lesson 2: Types of Diseases
Lesson 3: Noninfectious vs Infectious Diseases
Lesson 4: Autoimmune Diseases and Hypersensitivity
Lesson 5: What is a Pathogen?
Lesson 6: Disease Control & Prevention
Lesson 7: The Study of Viruses
Lesson 8: The Human Immune System
Lesson 9: Vaccination & Immunotherapy
Lesson 10: Germ Theory

Each lesson in each of the above units includes written informational text and is followed by student questions and/or worksheets plus a unit test. Answer keys and optional assignments list is also included.

Have these units been completed?

General Biology – Unit 1
General Biology – Unit 2
General Biology – Unit 3

If not, students should complete units 1 -3 prior to proceeding to units 4-7.

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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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NEW and SUGGESTED Products on My Teaching Library!

My Teaching Library has been working hard to continually bring you new, educational products! Here are some (BUT NOT ALL) of our newest additions…
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General Biology – Unit 5 This High School level unit teaches students all about transportation across the cell membrane!
Lesson 1: Transport Across the Cell Membrane
Lesson 2: Feedback Systems
Lesson 3: Osmosis, Diffusion and Saturation
Lesson 4: The Fluid Mosaic Model
Lesson 5: Active and Passive Transport
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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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Money Word Problems | 3rd – 4th Grade This math workbook has been designed to give 3rd and 4th graders practice solving real-life money word problems. It includes 18 worksheets which increase in difficulty. All worksheets will give students a list of clothing items and prices. Students will then be given 12 problems (on each worksheet) to solve.
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Informational Text | Cinco de Mayo This informational article will explain to students about the Cinco de Mayo holiday, when it is, why it is celebrated and who (where) it is observed. After reading, students will be asked several questions to assess reading comprehension and two short essay questions. These essay questions are designed to prompt creative writing.
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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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Haiku Poetry Unit | Spring Haiku is a Japanese poetry form and uses just a few words to capture a moment and to create a picture in the reader’s mind!
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40% Off Geography!

Geography matters…and that’s why My Teaching Library is currently offering YOU 40% off select geography resources! Throughout the month of May, you can use the code: GEO40 to purchase one or all of the below geography products for 40% off.

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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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