Archives for November 2007

Volcanoes ~ Lapbook

We finished our volcano lapbook! My son absolutely LOVED learning about volcanoes! We both learned a lot! Here’s our finished lapbook…

The Front…
Middle flap… (when folded down)
Geysers and Lava Flows (game board printed from our purchased unit)
Middle flap… (when opened up)
Top: Types of eruptions (purchased unit)
Bottom: Types of volcanoes (purchased unit)
Left Flap…
Top left: photos of special volcano things we did…our chapter book, volcano eruption and mini volcano model
Right Flap…
Top right: Sequencing (purchased unit)
Bottom right: 3 Stages of a Volcano
Top: Volcano Labeling (Enchanted Learning)
Bottom left: Volcano Facts (P told me everything he learned during our unit)
Bottom Right: Volcano Crossword (purchased unit)
P dictated a volcano story to me, I printed it for him to illustrate.

How I do it…

I am a chart/list obsessed momma. I have charts for everything. No, my life is not in super control, I do that because it feels so crazy and out of control. I am always making new lists or new charts, for me, for my kids, for the family…for everything and everyone! One chart that works for me is my lapbook planning chart. We have as many as 4 lapbooks going at one time, but I categorize them in my mind so it feels pretty “sane.”

We have these categories I focus on for lapbooks:
Word Family/Phonic/Sight Words

I am always planning for lapbooks, both current and upcoming and with that doubling it to up to 8 categories, I have to be on top of things to not just “forget” about one! So, I have this little chart, to aid in my web-surfing, my brainstorming, and my sanity.

In case you can’t read it:
Holiday: CURRENT, Holiday: UPCOMING
Science: CURRENT, Science: UPCOMING
Bible, Word Family…I always ask P for his ideas about the upcomings, and usually we go with his lead for the science and sometimes even the Bible category. Currently we are doing volcanoes, next on the list is giant pandas…all his requests so he is VERY excited to learn about them.

I pull materials all the way up until the lapbook is finalized, I search on the computer every day and this chart helps me stay focused on what I am searching for. I just use it to take notes on, and it really helps!

__ad, __ap, __am, Word Families

We are sailing through our word families, I got behind with posting so decided to combine these to finish out our short a word family unit.

Everything is from Calvert, except the poem in the top left._ap…

cap stationary from this book
bottom left coloring activity from his Calvert workbook
Everything shown is from Calvert, except, “Pam and Sam

Thanksgiving ~ Little Laplinks

I owe it to Valerie over at Little Blots of Faith for inspiring me to get my fanny in gear with creating this blog. I have been wanting to do it for quite awhile now but just didn’t. Her meme “Little Laplinks” got me going! I want to thank all who have commented and emailed me, I am SO glad to be helping even ONE person out by sharing ideas. I miss that so much about teaching (I taught public school K for 5 years), brainstorming with other teachers. Thanks to this blog, I finally feel connected again!

Our theme for the November Little Laplinks is Pilgrims/Thanksgiving and we are right on track, I couldn’t wait to get started teaching my son more about Thanksgiving. Here are my resources for this, and be sure to check back for completed photos of our lapbook. I also do “In the Works” posts as we are working too. It is easy to search on my blog under the “labels” section, to find those posts too (called “Lapbooks in Progress”).
We will be using resources from Mrs. Nelson’s Class website. She has so many great ideas listed, it will be hard to choose!

The Squidoo Thanksgiving Lapbook Lens is GREAT!!! I plan to use tons from here! Definitely the First Thanksgiving Book
We used this version of Pilgrim, Pilgrim.

Enchanted Learning has tons of great printables, we will definitely be using these (and probably more that they have):

Thanksgiving mini-book
Thanksgiving quiz

I am still gathering and will be adding to this post, and plan to get ideas from other Laplinks participants! Be sure to check out how Valerie is archiving Laplinks posts, what a wonderful resource!!!
The Photos…
P drew Squanto and Pilgrims, using his Draw, Write, Now book
Inside…(flap open)
Top Flap Middle: Thankful Turkey Craft
Top Flap Bottom: Colors of Salvation Corn
Middle Top: Squanto’s Snack (I got this from an old issue of The Mailbox)
Middle Left: Thanks for the Food (also from an old issue of The Mailbox)
Left Flap…
Middle: a sticker turkey I got from Target last year for 25 cents!
Right Flap…
Top: Thanksgiving Bible Verse Memory Game
The top flap closed: Pilgrim puzzle
The Back…
Copywork and drawing from Draw, Write, Now.