B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet Free Notebooking Pages


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B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet by Ruth Strother (in Canada) is a wonderful way to read about many aspects of our amazing planet earth. This book spans many different aspects of earth science. This book is also available on EPIC! 

“How much of Earth’s surface is covered by water? How do the northern lights get their colors? Planet Earth has been home to mankind for hundreds of thousands of years and while scientists have learned a lot about it, they’re still unraveling many of its mysteries. B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet explains what we do know about our planet and what more we have to learn. Examine Earth’s diverse ecosystems (deserts), discover geological wonders (karst caves), learn about weather phenomena (hurricanes), and much more. Ruth Strother has been in the publishing industry for more than twenty years and is the author of fifteen books for children.” review by Amazon.

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B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet ( in Canada), along with the free notebooking pages above would be a wonderful unit for you and your students! You may want to add in some hands on activities and make it a complete unit study. You can find hands on ideas on my Pinterest board here!

You can read an excerpt from B is for Blue Planet here.

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There is a teacher guide available from Sleeping Bear Press. It is very diverse and has many great printables for your unit study. 

I hope to do more of these A-Z pages on a variety of topics; you will find them here on my blog, or on my Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook sites.

affiliate links from Amazon and Epic!

The Voyageur’s Paddle Pick and Choose Literature Study

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I am excited to share with you the new The Voyageur’s Paddle – Pick and Choose Literature Study by Kathy-Jo Wargin.

You can purchase The Voyageur’s Paddle here or you can find it on Epic!

This study spans Bible, Art, Music, Science including STEM, Social Studies and Language Arts. There are a wide variety of learning opportunities for you to pick and choose from. There are also many discussion questions for you and your student. Hopefully it will help you to begin your study of Voyageur’s and the Fur Trade. 

Creative Commons Liscence

This study is in the Creative Commons and is downloadable to your use. Please feel free to share it with others.

It is a joy to create these units for you! You can find other Pick and Choose Literature Studies here!

Blessings, Natalie

Canadian Flyer Books with Teacher Guides

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With Canada’s 150 just around the corner, you may want to add some of these Canadian Flyer books into your summer reading! Below are teacher guides from Teaching Books that might help you with some extensions of the books. These books by Frieda Wishinsky are all about Matt and Emily as they get transported to different times and places in Canadian history. This Pinterest Board has many Canadian History and Geography resources and may help you with all of your Canadian history studies. Blessings!

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All of the Canadian Flyer series is available on EPIC!

Teacher Guides from Teaching Books:

Grade 2-3 Teacher Guide

Grade 4-5 Teacher Guide


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#1 Beware Pirates

In this exciting debut title, we meet Emily and Matt, and are transported back in time with them to the year 1577. Matt and Emily find themselves aboard Martin Frobisher’s ship The Aid, anchored in Frobisher Bay. Adventure beckons!

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#2 Danger Dinosaurs

This second title in the series fulfills every child’s fantasy of getting up close with a dinosaur — well, maybe not quite this close! It’s off to the Cretaceous period, in the Alberta Badlands. Maiasaura, Lambeosaurus, and T-rex, oh my!

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#3 Crazy for Gold

It’s the late 1800s and gold rush fever has taken hold. Matt and Emily join the Klondike gold rush for a rich adventure. Will they find gold or lose their shirts? The people are colorful, the land is rugged, and this adventure is unlike anything else Matt and Emily have ever experienced.

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#4 Yikes, Vikings

Matt and Emily have the incredible experience of joining the famous Viking Leif Eriksson and his crew on their historic journey to Vinland in the year 1001. The kids’ ingenuity saves the day when crew members get lost in the new land.

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#5 Flying High

On February 23, 1909, before a crowd of astonished onlookers, Alexander Graham Bell’s Silver Dart took flight. Emily and Matt are on hand and caught up in the thrill of witnessing this amazing story of first flight in Canada.

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#6 Pioneer Kids

Emily and Matt arrive on the Canadian Prairies in 1910. They visit a one-room schoolhouse where they try to help a new friend deal with a classroom bully. But when a raging fire erupts, it’s Emily and Matt who need rescuing!

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#7 Hurry, Freedom

The Canadian Flyer takes Emily and Matt on their most important journey yet — to the Canada-U.S. border in 1858 to travel along the Underground Railroad. They befriend famous abolitionist Dr. Alexander Ross and a group of runaway slaves he’s helping escape to Canada. With slave catchers in close pursuit, will Emily and Matt be able to help their new friends cross the Niagara River to safety?

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#8 A Whale Tale

It’s 1778, and the sled takes Matt and Emily to the west coast, where they meet a Nootka boy about their age. When he takes them out in a canoe they get close (too close!) to a grey whale. Their actions raise the ire of the Nootka chief, who has enough to deal with, with a visit from Captain Cook that coincides with the kids’ visit.

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#9 All Aboard

Emily and Matt are excited to land on an old train. What’s more, this one’s heading for Craigellachie, British Columbia, where the last spike will be driven into the rails celebrating the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Will Emily and Matt make it in time for that historic occasion? Hop on the rails and explore another exciting piece of Canada’s past with Matt and Emily.

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#10 Lost in the Snow

Matt and Emily are off to Quebec in the mid-1600s. There they meet Marie, whose father is about to marry one of the filles du roi, the women the King of France is encouraging to go to Quebec to marry settlers. Marie doesn’t want a new mother. Distraught, she stomps out of her house as heavy snow begins to fall. Emily and Matt race out to follow Marie. Can they find her before she’s lost in the snow?

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#11 Far from Home

Matt and Emily meet Kate and her brother John on a ship carrying World War II evacuees from Britain.The siblings are worried about their family in England and then John disappears. Can Emily and Matt help find John and help both kids adjust to life in Canada?

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#12 On the Case

Matt and Emily land in a rough, tough western town simmering with tension between the Ktunaxa people and settlers. Will they be able to help Mountie Sam Steele clear two innocent men charged with murder, and stay out of danger themselves?

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#13 Stop that Stagecoach

Emily and Matt experience the hardship of pioneer life as they travel through the wild of Upper Canada. They encounter uncharted forests, untamed rivers and rough roads. Will they be able to endure the trip and help their new friend, Thomas, get his mother safely to their homestead before she has her new baby?

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#14 SOS! Titanic!

Friends Matt and Emily land on the Titanic hours before it hits an iceberg. Can they save the ship by telling the captain of its fate?

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#15 Make it Fair!

In Make It Fair!, Emily and Matt travel to Winnipeg in 1914 and meet Nellie McClung, a woman who was most instrumental in the battle for women’s right to vote. They get invited to a play that is being performed a few days from then, a play which Nellie hopes will change everything for women in Manitoba. Can Emily and Matt help Nellie stand up to all the people who want to stop her fight for fairness and equal rights?

(reviews and affiliate links from Amazon.ca and EPIC!)