What Is A Lapbook?
A lapbook is a pop-up book that students create to demonstrate what they have learned.
We like to turn our science lapbooks sideways so the folds are vertical (in contrast to history and geography lapbooks which traditionally fold out horizontally.) Obviously, this is a matter of individual preference.
Value of Lapbooks
Lapbooks are gaining in popularity. Why?
- They provide a well-organized reminder of the main points of the content. It's a precursor to note-taking.
- It is a two-dimensional report of three dimensional learning. Kids love hands-on projects. With lapbooks, content from experiments are field trips are captured alongside of content learned in books.
- It is a creative and artistic presentation of what they have learned. Lapbooks are motivating and fun to make, and keep the kids engaged in the learning process.
- Lapbooks provide a natural conclusion to the completion of a unit. It summarizes what they have learned and ties all the projects and materials together.
Here are some we have already made that you can copy.
Dig deep into the great seas with our oceanography unit study and lapbook.
The Chemistry Lapbook
Swirling atoms, mixing molecules, and colorful chemical equations will keep your chemistist and artists a like asking for more.
Our Technology Lapbook
Planes, computers, bridges, electronics, and the binary number system will catch your students up-to-date on how technology changes our daily lives.
How to Make A Science Lapbook
Here is what you need to get started:
- Two cardstock file folders (plastic file folders won't work.)
- A camera to take a picture of the projects you do.
- Diagrams to represent the content. In this case, we used the MatchCards from the Technology Unit Study which you can download for free.
- Markers, colored pens, colored paper: the sky is the limit to the artistic touches you add.
MatchCard Science Lapbooks
If you are into lapbooking, you will definitely want to check out the MatchCards
that go with MatchCard Science. They make a perfect template for a number of reasons:
- They have one activity for every objective.
- There are a variety of diagrams which provides the variety that makes lapbooking fun.
- A game-like review makes retaining the content easy. It's a great tool used by families who embrace hands-on learning.
- The downloads of the MatchCards are free. No one ever argues with that.
- MatchCard Science can supplement your science curriculum or stand as a complete curriculum on its own.
Adding More Information to Your Lapbook
In addition to the 6 MatchCards, the student has plenty of room to add their own information.
Here are some of the types of information and pictures you can add to your own science lapbook:
- Photos of the students completing the projects
- Diagrams they draw of their experiments
- Color illustrations they print from the internet or from flyers to further demonstrate a concept.
- Write ups of experiments
- Bibliography of materials read
Check out all 12 of the Science Unit Studies