You may have seen our popular notebooking companions, the Nature Notebook and Farm Notebook that accompany the Julia Rothman series of beautifully illustrated books. Recently we released the Ocean Notebook.
Some of our readers asked if this series can be used as a science curriculum, so I wanted to take a look at that below.
Our notebook companions use a combination of written narration, diagramming, drawing, and labeling alongside the books in the Julia Rothman series. There is no prep-work involved – you simply grab your copy of the book and your notebooking journal and work at your own pace.
Ocean Anatomy, the newest book in the popular series by Julia Rothman, was released on 4/28/20. We created a publisher-approved notebook companion to go along with it and are delighted to make it available to you.
Many homeschooling families incorporate the study of ocean life into their lessons. We are so excited that Storey Publishing has released Ocean Anatomy and are looking forward to using it in our studies.
Julia Rothman’s best-selling illustrated Anatomy series takes a deep dive into the wonders of the sea with Ocean Anatomy.
Follow Rothman’s inquisitive mind and perceptive eye along shorelines, across the open ocean, and below the waves for an artistic exploration of the watery universe. Through her drawings, discover the forces behind oceanic phenomena such as rogue waves, colorful anatomical profiles of sea creatures from crustacean to cetacean, surveys of seafaring vessels and lighthouses, and much more that are part of this compendium of curiosities that will entertain and educate readers of all ages.
Some questions I have received about this companion notebooking series:
Q. What grade levels will these notebooks work for?
A. Like many homeschooling resources, there is no set grade level. Kids of all ages will enjoy Nature Anatomy, Farm Anatomy, and Ocean Anatomy because they are beautifully illustrated books full of interesting facts and hand-drawn illustrations. The notebook companions will work best with students in 3rd grade and up, but it’s meant to be very flexible.
Q. Is this a science curriculum?
A. No, this is not a science curriculum. Many homeschooling families who enjoy unit studies and piecing their own curriculum together use our notebook companions as a springboard, diving deep into specific topics. Some have used it as a spine to create a full curriculum for elementary students by adding in additional resources. Here’s an example of how one might do so:
When you get to the section on whales in Ocean Anatomy you would use it alongside the Ocean Notebook and add in some extra books about whales, do a research paper on a specific whale type, and watch some videos for a complete study on whales.
Here are a couple additional examples of how you might use the Julia Rothman Series as a science curriculum spine with an elementary student:
Using Nature Anatomy and the Nature Notebook – In chapter one of Nature Anatomy students will learn about the earth’s rotation, layers of the earth, rocks and minerals, fossils, landforms, mountains and more.
You will use the notebook companion to journal your studies and you can expand on this chapter using printables, such as the resources listed below. All links are found in the Nature Notebook listed out by chapter.
- Rocks, Gemstones, and Minerals Cheat Sheets and Fact Cards
- Astronomy Printables
- Earth Science Printables and Resources – Archaeology, Caves & Geology
- Learning About the Layers of the Earth
- Layers and Spheres of the Earth Notebooking Journal
- Rock Terminology Copywork Notebook
- Printables and Resources on Rocks and Fossils
- Paleontology Printables and Resources
- Learn All About Volcanoes with Printables, Unit Studies and More
- Historic Volcanoes Notebooking Research Journal
In chapter one of Farm Anatomy, you will learn about the layers of the soil, the makeup of topsoil, soil texture, crop rotation, soil conservation, weather, composting, and more.
Just this one chapter brings about so many ideas on how you can expand this to really dig in (pun intended) to learn more about soil and crops. We have listed out free resources by chapter in the Farm Notebook just like we did for the Nature Notebook. Here’s some of the resources we link to in the Farm Notebook for chapter one:
- Resources to Help Kids Learn About Soil and Composting
- Composting With Kids Printables Pack
- Herb Gardening for Kids: 5 Tips to Get Them Growing
- All About Clouds Printables And Activities
- Learning About Clouds: FREE Worksheets, Printables and More
- Types of Clouds Guided Drawing
- Resources to Teach Kids About Recycling
If you did this throughout the book for individual topics, you could easily stretch it a full school year and your kids would learn a ton! I dare say you may even be able to use one book for the entire year if you really get creative and incorporate research and living science books.
Q. How long will this take to get through?
A. Only you can answer this question! This is a self-paced notebook companion without lesson numbers. It is intended to accompany Ocean Anatomy as you learn all about the Ocean. You can stretch it out as I mentioned above or go through once chapter a week – it’s up to you!
Q. Do I need to buy another book to use the notebook companions?
A. Yes, our notebooks are companions to Nature Anatomy, Farm Anatomy, and Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman and are sold separately.
In addition to the Ocean Notebook, we also offer two other notebook companions for the Julia Rothman Series: Nature Anatomy and Farm Anatomy.
Using the Nature Notebook, students will use a combination of written narration, drawing, and labeling alongside Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman to learn all about the Earth, plants, animals, and much more.
The Farm Notebook teaches kids all about soil, farm animals, plants, country crafts, and much more.
Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She has been homeschooling for over a decade and has successfully graduated her first homeschooler. She has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.
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