Birds, Interactive notebook, notebooking

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)
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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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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10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, Geography

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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American History, notebooking, Presidents

Abraham Lincoln | History Project

Studying the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln? Wanting your students to develop their ability to research, organize, write and create a complete project? This interactive, hands on, resource is one that can be used in Social Studies, History and Language Arts classes and is designed to be either teacher led or student centered – whichever you prefer!

This project resource can be assigned individually or to cooperative groups. You can give students as much latitude as you want – or – you can be very deliberate in what and how you assign students to use the pages.


  • “Creating a Notebooking Project – What is Notebooking?” instructional page
  • List of suggested supplies
  • Evaluation rubric (can be used by both teacher and student peer groups!)
  • Teacher directed assignment page (This is designed to be used if you need to ‘guide’ the students on the journey of creating the project – includes due date section)
  • Cover page for student use
  • Table of contents pages for project
  • Project KWL
  • Vocabulary terms page (So students can record and define unfamiliar terms along their study – or – You can assign certain terms to be completed throughout the project)
  • Reference page (For students to record the references they used to complete the project – Includes a # blank so students can place numbers (#’s) throughout their project.)
  • “Using Biographical Notebooking Pages” instructional page for student reference
  • “Guiding Research Questions” page to instruct students on how they can and should create their own research questions along the way.
  • 18 student publishing pages

Need students to draw from primary and secondary sources? Need students to develop research questions? Need students to analyze statements or events? Make these part of the requirements. This resource is extremely flexible and allows you to make the assignment exactly what you need!

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The Process of Electing our Leaders | U.S. Elections

It’s important that students learn about every aspect of the election process.

Your students want to learn and they love when given a chance to take charge of their learning! That is why My Teaching Library offers this U.S. Elections themed resource that will give them the opportunities they need to take charge, make decisions, collaborate and learn…all while creating a wonderful project!

This resource will give the students the opportunity to learn about different aspects of U.S. elections (both local and national elections) and at the same time give them choices as to what they want (or need) to focus on.

It will also give them the opportunity to choose how they want to work (alone or in a group) and how they present their findingsm using either a notebooking method or creating a lapbook. Of course, if you as the teacher, want (or need) to assign specifics and give them less control, you can do that as well. This resource is flexible!

Several informational text pages have been provided but students should be encouraged to read books and find other resources to gather information. Perhaps they can watch an upcoming televised debate. Perhaps they can attend a townhall meeting or interview someone.


  • Teacher pages for instructions, explanations and evaluations and more
  • Sample questions to get students ‘thinking’
  • Over 100 pages for students to select from when designing their projects! (These student pages have been created ‘in color’ but can easily be printed in b/w or grayscale to save $$$).

(Please note: If you are a MTL Download Club subscribing member, this resource is FREE!)