I created these great printables for our local kids’ book club for this month’s study of The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. I hope you enjoy them!
Everyone especially loved making these cute pop-up dioramas (instructions at the end of this post):
First, the printables. The first set includes book report/review notebook pages for The Incredible Journey (4 versions):
Your kiddo can give her own star rating by filling in the little stars.
Next, we have a set of Sheila Burnford biography notebook pages.
If you’d like help getting the discussion started, here are my discussion questions for The Incredible Journey.
Now for the craft instructions I promised you. This is a simple pop-up (and perfect to add to a portfolio). The idea is very basic, but your children can use all their creativity to make something completely and uniquely their own (I loved seeing what the kids did in our book club).
- 2 - 6” x 9” pieces of construction paper (they can be a piece of 12” x 9” paper cut in half). One piece will be the base and should be brown or green or an “earthy” color. The other will be the cover can be whatever your child likes.
- various construction paper scraps in tree and nature colors, but purple mountains are definitely allowed, I also happened to have some “cloud” paper, but blue works, too
- this Incredible Journey animal clipart, printed on cardstock and cut out (print either 1 or a whole sheet if you are doing a group)
- this sheet of Incredible Journey title cards, printed on cardstock and cut apart
- glue stick
- a paper cutter is helpful, but optional
- crayons are fun but also optional
Pre-prep: We did this craft with kids grades 3-5. Here’s what I had already done for them, and it went really really well (craft too about 1/2 hour). For younger children, you may need to do a little more prep. For middle schoolers, just having the 6” x9” sheets precut should be sufficient.
- Cut your 6”x9” sheets, remember, you need 2 for each child, one for the base and one for the cover (I made all my base sheets brown and had a variety of colors for the covers).
- Fold each base sheet in half, short end to short end. Crease.
- Using a ruler and pencil make marks at these measurements along the crease: 1-1/2”, 2-3/4”, 4-1/4”, and 5”. It doesn’t need to be exact.
- Using your ruler, and starting at the left most mark, make straight lines as shown measuring: 1-1/4”, 1-1/4”, 3/4”, and 3/4”.
- Cut some sky pieces that are about 6” x 3”, blue strips for rivers, and some smaller pieces that can be used to cut out trees, bushes, suns, rocks, pr whatever (I made rectangles approximately 2”x3”).
- Add some extra sheets they can cut from to add a bigger variety of colors.
- Cut out your animal clip art and cut apart the title cards.
What the kids need to do:
- Keeping the base folded, have them cut just on the lines.
- Fold the 2 “tabs” down straight and shown, crease, then fold again to the opposite side.
- Unfold the tabs and then open up the sheet of paper.
- With a finger, they should be able to pop out the “pop-ups.” Some kids may need a little help here.
- I’m going to break off here and explain the rest with just pictures. Provide a sample for the kiddos, but encourage them to use their imagination, the kids in our book club really put themselves into this project (I wish I had pictures of their work, it was fantastic!).
This is my gift to you in honor of my 1000th post. Yep, this is my 1000th blog post---it only took me 4 years to get there.
If you like my FREE printables and Pop-Up craft for The Incredible Journey, please consider sharing a link to this post with your homeschool buds (and Pinterest ;0).