Most likely you’ve heard of the Who Was, What Was series, if you have children. Who Was Steve Irwin, Who Was Anne Frank? What is Climate Change? are some examples from the series. My son is a zoology fanatic so one of his favorite book from the series is Who Was Steve Irwin? So I created a Steve Irwin learning printables pack for my son. It’s available for free at the bottom of the post.
When I heard Anne from My Learning Table is hosting a Who Was? What Was? Where is? Blog Series, I knew I had to participate. We are fans of most of the books from the biography series. (Please note: We have only read some of the books from the series so I cannot wholly endorse all the books). A group of wonderful homeschool bloggers joined together to bring you some excellent resources on the series. To see all the activities, click here.
If you haven’t heard of it, the series features biographies of real-life historical figures, scientists, leaders, sports players, and artists. It’s concise yet gives enough information for children between the ages of 7-12. You’ll find black and white illustrations, subtopic information on Australia and Australian animals and includes timelines of the person.
There are so many educational activities you can do after reading about Steve Irwin.
HERE ARE 7 LEARNING ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN USE WHILE STUDYING THIS SUBJECT.
Here are few other great resources on Steve Irwin that you could use to complete the activities.
Steve Irwin Facts
The Crocodile Hunter: The Incredible Life and Adventures of Steve and Terri Irwin
Steve Irwin: Wildlife Warrior: An Unauthorized Biography
We also watched a few videos on Steve Irwin and his work with crocodiles.
Steve Irwin was an Australian wildlife conservationist and television personality. I remember watching, “The Crocodile Hunter”, in awe and trepidation. His passion and love for animals were clearly visible in all the shows.
1) SCHEMA MAP
I loved using KWL charts in my classroom when I taught. It’s great for assessing students’ prior knowledge of the topic. But I always felt as if it was missing something. There wasn’t a way to correct kids’ inaccurate information.
Schema maps record student’s prior knowledge and new learning on a chart using post-it notes. So before starting the unit, the teacher/homeschool mom records all their schema on the subject in the first column. Then record (teacher) new information that you learn in the ‘New Learning’ column as you study the unit. As the student learns more about the topic, they check their prior knowledge and move any incorrect information (post-its) on to the misconception part of the chart. Usually, the teacher leads a Schema map on a big chart or space during whole class instruction. You can use the Schema Map in homeschool with great success when starting a new unit. Older students can do this on their own.
2 formats of Schema Maps are available in the pack.
- a one-page schema map that you could use with small post-its or
- you could cut out the headings and use it on a chart or in a notebook if you have a lot of students.
Accessing prior knowledge or schema is an integral part of becoming a strong reader. It enables the child to connect what they already know to the new concepts being learned.
So we did our schema map on crocodiles. First, we used a yellow post-it note to record our schema (what I know) on crocodiles.
Then using a teal color post it, we jotted down the new information we learned while reading. If the new learning expands their prior knowledge, you can just move that schema under new learning.
For example; my son knew that there are 2 types of crocodiles but as we read we found out about freshwater and saltwater crocs. We added that information on teal post-its. And moved the yellow schema to connect to that.
My son knew a lot about crocodiles so he didn’t have any misconceptions. But if you find any schema to be inaccurate, just move it the misconceptions part of the chart. The schema maps are a great tool to activate students’ thinking skills.
2) DESCRIBE STEVE IRWIN
We used a spider web graphic organizer to describe Steve Irwin as we read the books.
3) COMPARISON CHARTS
There are 2 types of comparison charts available in the pack, one of freshwater and saltwater crocs, and a Venn diagram of crocodiles and alligators.
4) VOCABULARY CARDS
I love teaching vocabulary in context. In the pack, you’ll find an array of vocabulary cards that students can use to further their understanding of the subject. There’s also a matching vocabulary activity to practice mastering the vocabulary.
5) DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
12 discussion questions about Steve Irwin is included that can be used for discussion or as a way to assess comprehension after the study.
6) BIOGRAPHY PAGE
Using the Biography page, students can write a report on Steve Irwin. There are 2 versions available.
7) FACTS ON AUSTRALIA
Find out more about the amazing island continent using the Australia fact page.
My boys really enjoyed learning about Steve Irwin’s life and about all his contributions to saving wildlife through this study.
Do your kids enjoy reading the Who’s Who Series? Which ones are your favorite?