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Thursday, March 4, 2010

How to on Lapbooking

I had a request to post instructions on lapbooking. Really I just do my own thing, but I learned some techniques from this site

Before making a lapbook, I just google the topic followed by lapbook...so for polar bears I googled "polar bear lapbooks", I will also google the topic followed by preschool activities or curriculum. Then I collect different things from different sites and incorporate that into the lapbook. I try to keep the stuff at a 3yo level, I find that DS gets bored really quick if I have too much older stuff on there, like stuff that I have to write and fill in, I try to make it so that he can do most of the work himself, with just a little assistance from me.

I have always made and used File Folder Games even when I taught preschool many years ago (okay maybe not that many, but it was quite awhile ago). A Lapbook is basically a file folder game, but more in depth. Anything Goes. The can be as simple or as complex as you'd like.

For the Polar Bear Lapbook. I cut out the Polar Bear Shape and Letters to spell Polar Bear on my cricut, and had DS glue them on the front.
Then on the inside we glued a map of where polar bears live. Taken from here , this is also where I got the trading card that I laminated for him. Under that we put a mini book that I filled in with his help, and he did the colors of the bear part with a crayon. I got that here, we found the answers to fill in the blanks by reading a book about polar bears, you could also find the answers on the fact sheet that came with the map link I gave earlier in this post.
On the Left side I put this shape book . I folded it over and cut out the polar bear shape. I then cut out the sentences and I read them to DS and he glued them on.
Under that I glued another picture (and I can't seem to find where I got that from at the moment)...but it shows what their paw prints are like, and some other characteristics of polar bears.
On the back I glued a picture of a polar bear that DS colored...it could be any picture really. Then I stapled a page protector on the back that has a polar bear maze on one side and a colored picture on the other. Maze and picture. Then I stapled to sandwich ziploc bags, in one are cards for making compound words and a polar bear puzzle I colored, laminated and cut out. And that's it. It's a cinch. There are lots more ideas at this great site in regards to polar bear lapbooks and activities.

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