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!!

In the Works ~ Ocean Lapbook

P was excited to work on these with me today… I printed them on card stock from here. Together we laminated them (using our wonderful Scotch Thermal Laminator which we got from Costco a few months ago). I wrote the names in pencil on the back so he could familiarize himself with the many different types of dolphins there are.

I got K involved today as we played together with one of his favorite books, Textured Soft Shapes: High Tidewhich happens to be about the ocean! He loves this book and can name the 4 animals in it: sea horse, crab, fish, and starfish!Below P is coloring ocean animals in Spanish. He also completed the labeling for his dolphin anatomy sheet. He is smiling and looking like he is loving it, but don’t be fooled, he wasn’t all that thrilled with ocean learning projects today! All he REALLY wanted to do was the laminating!

In the Works ~ Ocean Lapbook

We are beginning our summer lapbooking project, which P is enjoying since he chose the theme! This summer he chose the ocean, with a specific focus on dolphins, whales, and sharks. We are going to Sea World in September which will be a wonderful finale!

Here he is reading the book, Dolphin’s Big Leap, which we got for about a dollar at a consignment sale…it’s a great book! And he wrote his own “easy reader” about a dolphin. He began writing books awhile back, and is still doing this periodically. He writes longer stories (usually having one illustration and lots of writing), or easy readers (several illustrations with a simple sentence on each). He came up with this on his own, I let the writing be guided by him. Today he felt like making an easy reader!
I am still not entirely sure how I will put the lapbook(s) together. I am trying to be very laid back this summer and not push school type things much. I really want it to be fun and a break for all of us. So far it is going well! I think with this break, we will all be ready to get back to school when it is time (I haven’t exactly decided when that is!).

I got our webpage started for this lapbook theme, although there isn’t much up there yet besides our books!