Use MatchCard Science Chemistry Unit Study for Your Lapbook
How to Make the Lapbook
To make this lapbook we used:
- The 13 MatchCards in the MatchCard Science Chemistry Unit Study
- Two file folders made from CARDSTOCK (plastic doesn't work)
- Colored pencils - Prismacolor have a superior effect, but any colored pencils may be used
- Thin and Thick Markers
- Gel Pens
- High Lighters
- Glitter Foam and Glitter Glue
You obviously do not need to use the same supplies that we did. We would love to see what you come up with for the MatchCards with your own unique set of supplies and ideas.
What We Did With The Different MatchCards
This will give you an idea of how we represented each of the lessons in our Chemistry Lapbook. We printed an additional copy of the student MatchCard (sometimes the teacher's key which will be indicated.) Of course, we also used the MatchCards for their intentional use as an educational tool and review game.
Parts of Atoms
In the inside flap there is a Model of the Atom
which illustrates the three main parts of atoms learned in MatchCard #1. The model was cut out of the MatchCard, the different sub-atomic parts colored with different colored markers, and arrows were made to point to the correct location.
Common Elements, Chemical Symbol, and Atomic Number
For the elements, we used all the chemicals that students learned in MatchCard 2,3, and 4 including hydrogen and helium,
and carbon, nitrogen, oxygen
and sodium, chlorine, and aluminum.
Making the lapbook was an additional activity in addition to the chemistry games and worksheets to teach chemical symbols and electron configuration.
For the lapbook, the students colored each element with a colored pencil, then used a marker of the same color to mark the electrons in the electron shells. These were glued onto one of the full size pages of the lapbook.
A large flap was made. We cut a slice off an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of silver glitter foam (available at most craft departments) so the folder could close easily. "Common Elements" was written with gold glitter glue.
What Is A Molecule?
We created an octagon shape approximately 3 inches in diameter and made 5 of them. The first shape asks, "What is A Molecule?" Two of the shapes have the facts about molecules
from MatchCard #5. Two other shapes have the pictures that demonstrate two atoms joined to form a molecule.
The shapes were all filled in with different prismacolor pencils and cut out. Before stapling them together at the bottm, each octagon was turned a fraction of circle giving a snowflake appearance. Therefore we have a snowflake molecule explaining the existence of molecules.
It was fun to create the water molecule
booklet with the famous mouse ear shape. On the second page the chemical formula for water was written and explained, and the third page annouced the familiar substance. Again, pencils and markers provided color for the lapbook.
Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
An additional copy of the teacher's answer key was used for Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
which the students lear aendbout in MatchCard #7. Each column was colored with different pencil color and highlighed with markers.
The paper was folded in a trifold. The title was "Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures" was written on one of the outside folds and a question mark on the other.
Physical and Chemical Changes
An extra copy of all the pictures on the Chemical and Physical Changes
MatchCard #8 was printed, colored and cut apart.
Then we made pockets that said "Chemical Changes" or "Physical Changes." Colored ink pens were used to create a maze-like design, then the paper filled in with the corresponding color pencil. It was glued on 3 sides leaving an opening in the top. The pictures on the MatchCard were cut apart to make little flashcards that are placed in the correct pocket.
Solid, Liquid, Gas
An extra copy of the teacher's answer key to Solid, Liquid, Gas
MatchCard allowed us to make a booklet with indexed bottom. You need to make sure each layer is a little longer than the one above it. The bottom title was colored with different colors of highlighters.
In MatchCard #10 we learned how to calculate density
. An extra copy of the student's MatchCard was cut apart to make the booklet. A red marker circled the object on each page that was more dense. Of course, we wrote the density formula with the memory aid on the front two pages.
Conservation of Mass
We made a fan out of the Conservation of Mass MatchCard
. For each statement, the student wrote synonyms for "true" or "false." Then it was folded fan style and glued to one of the half page panels.
Acids and Bases
Acids and Bases
are always a fun way to study chemistry. We simple cut out the pH scale on the MatchCard, wrote the pH of different substances that were tested, and colored acids red, bases blue, and the neutral area purple. The top was folded with pH written across it.
The other full length page was used to glue the Periodic Chart
from MatchCard #13. The cover was the opposite of the other full length flap: gold glitter foam with silver glitter written on it. We discovered that doesn't show up as well as the gold on silver. (If I was to do it again, I think I would use red glitter on the gold glitter foam.)
Tricky Chemical Symbols
We also made a pocket for the little flashcards for those tricky elements. You know, chemical symbols like "Au" for "gold"; and "Sn" for "tin."
A rainbow of colors was striped down the pocket and glued on three sides.
Finish the cover of your Chemistry Lapbook
Glitter foam sheets were used to cut out the letters in "CHEMISTRY."
And "Unit Study"
was written with silver glitter glue.
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