Exploring Bats ~ Bats Lapbook and Unit Study

Bat Unit Study

This summer we are trying out a few unit study options for Ladybug and Lapbooks were something I wanted to try with her.  I let her choose her first topic, and although it is not what I would have chosen, she enjoyed it because it is what SHE chose ~ BATS!

We got our printables from:

Here is a peek at her completed lapbook…

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She loved learning to draw the bat.  She made a few small ones, and then made the big one that she ended up choosing for the back of her lapbook.

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Coloring is still a favorite, this also ended up on the back of her lapbook.

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Learning about echolocation

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Diurnal and nocturnal animals…

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Carnivore, herbivore and omnivore animal sorting…

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Below she was painting the bat printable craft, she still loves these!

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These are the books we used for our study, all but Stellaluna came from the library.  The National Geographic Kids Bats one is the one we used the most.

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After completing this study she told me she didn’t like the Lapbook as much as I thought she did.  I was a bit disappointed as I thought I might have found her sweet spot!  We are going to try a notebook method with some of the Lapbook printables for her next chosen theme – OWLS!  Stay tuned to see how we do that one and if she likes it!



Lapbooks ~ Dinosaurs

IMG_5491_thumb22 copyPac Man completed his dinosaur Lapbook recently, he did it along side of Krash’s Dino Tot Pack. It was fun to teach him, and learn alongside of him! We used these 2 books; What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?, and God Created the Dinosaurs of the World (Sticker and Coloring Book) as our guides for learning.

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The entire lapbook was from Homeschool Share and I am ever so thankful for the awesome templa

tes and information provided there for free! We didn’t use all of the templates they provided and did a bit of a modified lapbook. We learned SO much though, it was wonderful!



Manatee Lapbook

Pac-Man recently finished his final 1st grade lapbook, all about Manatees! I personally was thrilled with his choice as manatees were my favorite animal as a child and teen, I even adopted one when I was in high school! We both had a lot of fun with this unit, here’ s a few pics of some things we did along with his lapbook!

We did an experiment to learn about how manatees find fresh water when they are in the ocean. We had so much fun learning together and doing an experiment that actually worked! (not many Mommy-led science ideas work).
He had a blast painting an underwater scene for the cover of his lapbook… We got everything for this great lapbook from Homeschool Share! I was thrilled to not have to make any templates myself!

I found lots of great manatee books which I added here in our theme bookstore (on the right sidebar look under ocean-manatee). We didn’t get a chance to read all of these, but that’s only because Mommy couldn’t drag her prego hiney to the library!!! Thankfully we own a few!


Behind the Scenes ~ Lapbooking

Behind the Scenes ~ Lapbooking

I am by no means a super-lapbooker, there are many out there and I have learned a TON from them! But I do get a lot of questions regarding lapbooking so I thought I would do my best to put what I have learned all into one post for anyone who is interested!

How do you incorporate, choose, plan, and prepare?

  • We use lapbooking as a supplemental part of our learning.
  • We began lapbooking at the beginning of Pac Man’s K year.
  • We focus our lapbooking topics mostly around science, social studies, and special holidays.
  • Pac Man (currently age 6 1/2) chooses his own lapbook topic about 99% of the time, that way I can be sure he will be interested in it!
  • I search for a free lapbook first, and then if I can’t find one already pre-made , then I search online at different printable sites for pieces to incorporate into the lapbook. If I can’t find exactly what I am looking for, I will make my own templates, using Microsoft Publisher. If I make anything, I always share it in PDF form, on our lapbooking webpage.
  • We usually only have one lapbook going at a time now. When he was in K, we usually had 2 going at one time because his core work was so easy for him. Now that regular schooling is at his level, we usually only work on one supplemental lapbook at a time.
  • We *do* the lapbook in various ways, but mostly Pac will complete one mini item for the lapbook each day and then when we have exhausted the topic, we will put it all together as a summary. There are many ways of thinking about this though.

Where do you find free lapbooks, helpful tutorials, or other bloggers who show their labooks?

What supplies do you keep on hand to make lapbookng easier to manage?

That about covers the basic questions I have received. If you have any others, leave them in the comments below and I will add the answers (if I know) there so others can see them too. If I personally think of anything else, I will edit the original post and add to it! A huge thanks to those who have shared and taught me along the way!



Whales & Dolphins ~ Lapbook

We had big plans this summer to do a few ocean themed lapbooks…but we only ended up with one. We’re OK with that though because that means we were too busy having fun!!! Pac-Man actually finished this a few weeks ago, I just forgot to blog about it!Inside…
LEFT SIDE
Top Left: Whales (a learning sticker book I got at a hoemschool conference)
Bottom: Toothed/Baleen Whale sorting
Top Right: How Deep do they dive?**

MIDDLE SECTION
Top Left: How Long are They?
Top Middle (lime green): Dolphin labeling **
Top Right: Vocabulary
Bottom Left: Whale Vocabulary
Bottom: Comparing Whales & Fish

RIGHT SIDE
Top: Dolphin Anatomy
Bottom: Different types of dolphins (I laminated and labeled them and we used them throughout the unit) Right Flap Folded In: P wrote a mini book about a dolphin…
The Back… a pocket for our whale info**, decorated with whale/dolphin stickers (Pac labeled them too).
**all info not linked specifically with a ** came from the Sea World Whales Guide, found here. They have various resources which are WONDERFUL for teaching anything about the sea!!