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I wrote a post a while back about foldables and lapbooks. If you haven't seen the post, go visit. I was able to link to some great pdfs of foldable books by Dinah Zike, the queen of all things foldable! :-) I used some of her foldable ideas on lapbooks my friends were working on recently. I have done lapbooks on occasion before, but they are not a staple in my teaching for one main reason; they take a long time to get done! While I do believe they are worth every minutes spent on them, the current curriculum I have to follow does not allow me to linger. I know that they can be done in less time if you do them on a smaller scale, but mine always seem to take on a life of their own!
I like doing them because you can really do so much with them. Most importantly, my friends love the project feel of it all. Every time I have done them, my friends are always eager to work. Also, when they see their final project completed, they are a little in awe of themselves. Love it!
In our guided reading groups, my friends were working in three different books, one on volcanoes, one on King Tut, and the last on the history of Jazz music. Speaking of which, on a total aside, do you know the Cheesecake song as sung by Louis Armstrong? If you don't know it, watch this! I show this to my friends every year, and we end up singing it all year long. I promise you will have this song stuck in your head! And, just wait for Bing Crosby to come hopping through! Too funny!
Isn't that just great!!!! We will often substitute the word cheesecake with pizza or tacos or any featured lunch menu item. Any two syllable word will work. Most of my friends are also in their second year of instrumental lessons, so they love seeing some of the instruments they play featured.
Anyway, back to lapbooks! I thought I would show you some of what we did. I forgot to get pictures of the Jazz books, but here is some of what my friends did with Volcanoes and King Tut. Be warned, many pictures to follow!
One of the big lessons for this activity was getting my friends to effectively summarize and show synthesis. I'm happy to say they did a very nice job. What was also another perk was the interest my friends had for the books they didn't read. Once they saw the various lapbooks, they wanted to read all the books.
I have to say, I do love doing lapbooks with my friends. But, for me, it can be very time consuming. It also requires a lot of pre-planning. You have to have the foldable papers cut to size and ready to go. You also have to carefully plan what you will be doing with each section. You also need to be prepared for that friend whose fine motor skills make a mess of the folding! Always have some extras ready to go!
Having said that, I will definitely be doing lapbooks again next year. :-)