Saturday, April 24, 2010

Our First Lapbook

This week, as part of our study of insects, we made our first lapbook. A lapbook is basically a compilation of facts and ideas on a particular topic. It uses file folders as its base and includes a series of mini-books, activity pages, pictures, notes, maps.... Lapbooks are a creative way to compile and display information on a theme. They are very popular with homeschoolers.

The lapbook we made is very simple. Most of it came from a "Funtastic Folder" kit I found online at It was a fun project that we worked on all week. Here are some pictures of the finished product:

This is the cover. It opens in the middle to display the following:

The dragonfly picture actually flips up and there are several more activity pages underneath.
The page on the far right (with the green and yellow yarn) is a matching activity.
This is the back of the lapbook.

It is great to have this lapbook for the boys to look at and review what they've learned as well as for them to share what they've learned with others. I'm sure we'll be doing more lapbooks on many topics in the future.

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