A few years ago a teacher on our grade level introduced us to lapbooks and since then, we have done lapbooks for Johnny Appleseed, Scarecrows, Thanksgiving, Voting, Frog and Toad, Solids and liquids, and plants!
The kids really like doing these lapbooks! I do not always use my original materials, however, I have taken materials that I already had and pieced them together into the lapbooks. The two completely original lapbooks that I have done are for voting and solids and liquids.
Here are a few pictures of some recent lapbooks.
Thanksgiving/ Long Ago and Today:
The front cover of the Thanksgiving Lapbook. The turkey is glued on the left side only so that it actually looks like the turkey is holding the booklet! These always turn out really cute!
The students draw a picture of what they would like like if they were pilgrims and tell what they would wear and the type of activities they would do.
The corn is an example. The students actually make two small corn cobs on which they have to create a pattern with fall colors. The picture of the right is on the back cover of the lapbook. The students piece together a puzzle (girl/boy) and glue it on the back of their lapbook. It is amazing how many children struggle with this activity. I am guessing that puzzles are not the most popular activities for kids at home now that we have so many electronic games! This is unfortunate because it really helps with spacial reasoning.