Incorporating Lapbooks

Then what?

  • Choose a topic to study
  • Decide if you want to use premade blank templates to complete your study or design your own.
  • If you want to use blank templates, you do your own research on the topic.
  • Use library books, the Internet, or an existing curriculum and choose 10-20 concepts you’d like your child to learn about the subject.
  • Design the graphic organizers for each of the concepts you want the child to learn.



Completing a Lapbook...

  • Flexibility is key, work on the unit a few activities a day.
  • Do a few vocabulary words and timeline events each day.
  • Store completed activities in a baggie or large envelope.



Folding the folder

Make the size that is right for the number of pieces you have in your projects


How to fold a lapbook

Basic Lapbook Base

  • Open a file folder and lay it flat.
  • Fold both right and left edges toward the center so they meet and close like a pair of shutters.
  • Crease firmly.


Base with Single or Double Extensions

  • Complete the basic lapbook base.
  • Open base and lay flat.
  • Cut another folder in half or use a sheet of cardstock for the extension.
  • Lay the extension in the center of folder at either the top or bottom. (You may add two extensions if need be; one at the top and one at the bottom).
  • Attach to base with clear packing tape.


Double Folder Base

  • Make two base folders.
  • Open them and lay them side by side with outer flaps pointing straight up, not flat.
  • Where the two flaps meet glue them together.
  • Fold center flap to one side, fold both shutters in and close folders like a book.



Incorporating Lapbooks

  • Use for all subjects, just add  English and Math at the student’s grade level
  • Add onto a complete boxed curriculum
  • Use for a fun break or child-led learning
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