Strawberries are the very first spring fruit, and one of our field trips was strawberry picking so we used this lapbook to learn about them.
History of Strawberries
This luscious fruit can be traced back as far as the Romans, and perhaps even the Greeks. Medieval stonemasons carved strawberry designs on alters and around the tops of pillars symbolizing perfection and righteousness.
Although there is no real answer to the question of where strawberries got their name, many people believe the myth that the heart-shaped berries were named in the nineteenth-century by English children. They picked the fruit, strung them on grass straws and sold them, i.e "straws of berries" .
Facts about Strawberries.
The strawberry belongs to the genus Fragraria in the rose family, along with apples and plums. The name of the scientific classification was derived from the Old Latin word for fragrant.
Native Americans called the fragrant fruit "heart-seed berries" and pounded them into their traditional cornmeal bread. Discovering the great taste of the Native Americans bread, colonists decided to create their own version, "Strawberry Shortcake."
On the average, there are 200 tiny seeds in every strawberry.
Here are some fun links:
Pictures of various ways to arrange the pieces of your lapbook depending on age. Please note we did not get ALL the minibooks in ONE picture. We are just showing variation.
The picture above includes labeling the strawberry plant and the jeopardy game (right side flap) along with writing about California in the mini report.
This picture above substitutes the spring coloring book for a younger child, along with coloring some of the items found in California. (middle). Also it has the cone shaped book that is "how many ways to eat a strawberry" on the right flap.
This picture above can substitute the strawberry photo page for a younger or older child. Note, we have a strawberry they color also that is bigger and fits in the center or that you can add your own facts to.(Note it is not pictured here but available for download toward the middle of this page.
Use one of the minibooks about Cherokee Tales. Again our minibooks are interchangeable and we wanted you to see a few different options.
Lapbook Covers or Notebook Page Dividers
This picture above shows how you can place pieces on the outside of your lapbook flaps.
Dnload colored strawberry here. - Place for a photo. This can be on the back of your labpook, front, or page divider showing a field trip in your notebook.
Note: The layout was designed for a letter size file folder or cardstock made letter size.
Dnload Cone Pocket here. - How many ways to eat a strawberry minibook
Dnload here. A true berry mini flipbook
(Note: The Strawberry Life Cycle download includes a book where your child labels the parts or you can use the book where the parts are labeled. All in this one download).
Dnload California Mini Report here. This one download has a total of three books. One book about California with simple facts. One blank book to add your own facts about California and one page for very young children to color some things found in California. Since California leads the nation in producing strawberries, this book can be adapted anyway you like.
Dnload Strawberry Jeopardy Game here. Three sets of questions progress from levels easy to harder by 5, 10. 15 and finally 20 points. Storage pocket included in download.
Dnload spring coloring book here.This download is for younger children. It is a spring coloring book. There is a choice of two covers and you pick and select which pictures to color and or/trace words. It is all available in this one download.
Dnload Label the Strawberry Plant here. This one download has two choices. Label the plant or use the minibook where plant is labeled. All in this one download.
Native American or Cherokee Tale - The First Strawberries (See tale in next section)
Dnload The First Strawberries - A Cherokee Tale minibook here. (Note this download includes a cover for a boy or girl pictured above and then two inside pages. One of the pages is pictured. There are 3 questions and one scripture verse to copy.
The First Strawberries
Retold by Barbara Shining Woman Warren
In the beginning of the world, First Man and First Woman were created. Together they built a lodge at the edge of a dense forest. They were very happy together; but like all humans do at times, they began to argue.
Finally First Woman became so angry she said she was leaving and never coming back. At that moment First Man really didn't care. First Woman started walking westward down the path through the forest. She never looked back.
As the day grew later, First Man began to worry. At last he started down the same path in search of his wife. The Sun looked down on First Man and took pity on him. The Sun asked First Man if he was still angry with First Woman. First Man said he was not angry any more. The Sun asked if he would like to have First Woman back. Fist Man readily agreed he did.
The Sun found First Woman still walking down the path toward the West. So to entice her to stop, the Sun caused to grow beneath her feet lovely blueberries. The blueberries were large and ripe. First Woman paid no attention but kept walking down the path toward the West.
Further down the path the Sun caused to grow some luscious blackberries. The berries were very black and plump. First Woman looked neither left nor right but kept walking down the path toward the West.
At last the Sun caused to grow a plant that had never grown on the earth before. The plant covered the ground in front of First Woman. Suddenly she became aware of a fragrance she had never known. Stopping she looked down at her feet. Growing in the path was a plant with shiny green leaves, lovely white flowers with the largest most luscious red berries she had ever seen. First Woman stopped to pick one. Hmmm?she had never tasted anything quite like it! It was so sweet.
As First Woman ate the berry, the anger she felt began to fade away. She thought again of her husband and how they had parted in anger. She missed him and wanted to return home.
First Woman began to gather some of the berries. When she had all she could carry, she turned toward the East and started back down the path. Soon she met First Man. Together they shared the berries, and then hand in hand, they walked back to their lodge.
The Cherokee word for strawberry is ani. The rich bottomlands of the old Cherokee country were noted for their abundance of strawberries and other wild fruits. Even today, strawberries are often kept in Cherokee homes.
Pictures on the way to the Strawberry Field
Look at this field of bluebonnets that we have to pass on the way to pick strawberries. The bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes (I think you can see one lone one in the second picture in the midst of these bluebonnets) bloom in April each year and just blanket the ground in purple..
Honestly, we are not sure if we could possibly eat all that we picked..lol
The kids and moms couldn't decide which row to be pick on.They all looked good. But you could tell we "did our job" because so many of them are picked.
commonly known as the North American Robin
When you think of spring with all the beautiful colors, buzzing honey bees and sounds of birds?one sound familiar to you if you live in North America is the cheery song of the American Robin, sometimes called the North American Robin.
Also known as ?robin red breast?, the American Robin is one of the most recognized birds in North America. However, it?s breast is actually a warm orange-reddish color which is immediately noticeable. Why then is it called ?robin red breast?? It has been noted that early English colonist named this thrush after the robin red breast of their native homeland, England.
One of the more unique facts about the American Robin is it?s ability to live in just about any type of habitat from mountain forests to wilderness in Alaska.
Note to parent : This lapbook was designed with middle to high school level students in mind as an introduction to the Turdus Migratorius?but can easily be adapted for the younger student. Options have been added beside each mini book where needed to aid in teaching a younger child. In addition, links have been placed throughout the pages for your convenience and easy of learning.
Note to student: This lapbook can easily be done on your own. It was created to give you an introduction to the Turdus Migratorius. Either before or sometime during your preparation of this information, do not forget to go here to listen to the American Robin?s beautiful voice.
A cover has been made for your lapbook or notebook page. However, if you prefer, you can sketch your own bird to use as a cover.
Go here to learn how to sketch a robin: (And I?m sure you have heard this over and over, be sure your parent knows you are on the internet.)
The link above is to Teacher Tube and uses your computer drawing program to draw and paint your own robin. It is a very easy picture of a robin, so a younger child could follow the instructions too.
Lapbook layout (letter size )
This download includes the following mini books...two more notebook pages have been added at the end of the page. Click on the live link at the bottom to download the rest of the notebook pages.
Vocabulary - Older Vocabulary - younger
Vocabulary Words older http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Turdus_migratorius.html
(Tip click on the magnifying glass on the above site to read the definitions)
Label the Turdus Migratorius
Life Cycle Cards and Pocket Study of Flight mini book
Study of Flight. Go here to learn about the mechanics of flying: (Younger: Draw the wings outspread ready for flight)
Geographic Range Map label Identification cards
What's on the Menu? Habitat Predators
Take a look at these beautiful pics taken by Ray at EverAfterImages in Austin. They are just breath taken and the ones on his site are so sharp and beautiful... I could hardly even bring myself to resize them to fit here on the site to share with you. Thank you Ray! Too, keep in mind all pics on our site we ask permission for and when you right click and take pics w/out permission, this takes away person's livelihood. So enjoy here and as we get permission, we pass that on to you.
I hope they are not too big on your screen, again we just couldn't bring ourselves to make them any smaller...They are all taken here in Texas.
American Bald Eagle Pic 1 and 2
Mexican Eagle (Crested Caracara)