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Free Math Lapbook (PreK, K, 1st Grade)

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

At the end of the year last year, I had ED cut out and put together a math lapbook. We didn’t go over much of the material in it, but I wanted the lapbook mostly done for the beginning of this year.

We had a few finishing touches. For example, we hadn’t attached the left and right hands — so ED glued those on the front of her lapbook. (We have yet to add a title as well!)

If you’ve never made a lapbook, you can see that you take the front and back of the file folder and fold them to meet in the center. You can add pages on the inside as needed. For this lapbook, I taped in one more page (another file folder cut in half).

She also glued in the doubles (1+1 through 9+9):

Yesterday I explained that ED is learning the concept of odd-even numbers.  We pulled out her lapbook and we played the butterfly game for the first time.  We took out all the butterflies and each took a butterfly net. ED rolled the die and pulled out that number of butterflies to put in her net. Then I rolled the die and grabbed that number of butterflies.  ED then spun the spinner to see who would win the round.  If it landed on odd — then anyone who had an odd number of butterflies won.  If it landed on more — then the person with the most butterflies won the round. It was quite possible that we tied for that round.

Tomorrow I’ll explain a little bit more about what we’re doing with the calendar pieces of the math lapbook.

If you are interested, feel free to download your own copy of free the Math Lapbook. It’s free to download, but I sure do love hearing from you if you find it useful. You can leave a comment over at my Homeschool Den Facebook Page. That’s also a great place to catch up on some of my old posts as well.  It’s a quick, easy way to see what you’ve missed.

P.S. I had a typo on the number matching (the word zero was under the number 6). That has been fixed! :)

You might also be interested in:

Yesterday’s post, Kindergarten Math: First Activities of the Year

Telling Time Kitty Clocks, which I’ll probably add to the lapbook.

Free Daily Calendar Page — In this post I shared some of the activities ED did with the lapbook on the days of the week, months of the year and the daily calendar page I made for her.

Ultimate Math Gameboard (great for reviewing ANY math fact — addition, multiplication, division, etc.)
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Lapbooks for Preschool on Up – A Project Kids Can Be Proud Of!

Friday, May 10th, 2013

It has been a while since we’ve done any lapbooks.  I saw this free robin lapbook over at Dynamic 2 Moms and asked the girls if they would be interested in doing one on robins. ED and DD both said, “Yes!”  So, I printed everything out and the girls set to work.

If you’ve never heard of a lapbook, it is a cute way to display small folded mini-books, flaps, pop-up books, and/or folded display material. The lapbook can include photos, drawings, or anything else that helps them learn about the topic at hand.  Kids can add their own information, include questions to quiz themselves on or other interactive activities. They glue their finished pieces into a file folder (see the second photo below).

What I love about lapbooks is that the kids are drawn back to them again-and-again, showing them off to family and friends… even pulling them out to admire their work and repeat the activities.

Here’s a picture of ED as she was putting in the finishing touches… she glued in some extra photos of robins.

Here is a picture of the front so you’ll see how the file folder was folded (the front and back of the folder were folded to meet in the middle). I have to say that ED was horrified when I started to cut her drawing in half, but quickly saw why I was doing that! Whew… catastrophe averted!

By the way, ED signs everything “McKenna…” Her obsession with her American Girl Doll continues as strong as ever!! :)

In this particular lapbook, the girls learned what robins eat, what predators eat robins, where robins live in different seasons, the parts of the bird and the life cycle of the robin. If you look closely you can see how some of the parts unfold… that’s what makes the lapbooks so appealing and interactive!

ED has brought out the lapbook a number of times (to show Daddy and to look over her work). I love that!  Here she is reading the words (egg, juvenile, adult) and matching them to the pictures:

In the picture below, ED is telling me what the colors mean in the map. Lapbooks are a great way to reinforce material and make it exciting!

Here’s another lapbook on bears I did with DD when she was 3 or 4:

As you can see, it was pretty interactive. Below she is feeding the bear (the mouth is open so she could slip the berries, fish or whatever into its mouth)

In this lapbook, I taped in another page in the middle so I could add a few more activities like the color matching activity below (she obviously colored the bears in!):

One last example is this bat lapbook that LD made when he was in preschool:

He was so intrigued by bats! I can’t remember exactly where I got the parts for this lapbook. It might have been from Hands of a Child. I used them quite a bit for a couple of years. They have a free lapbook you can download on Metals.

Here’s a glimpse at the inside of a butterfly lapbooks DD did. You can see more of our lapbook projects here:

Where to Find Free Lapbooks:

I absolutely adore all the free lapbooks shared by Dynamic 2 Moms (Thank you so much Kelley and Tina!). That’s one of the first places I head if we are itching to do a lapbook. I especially love all their free history lapbooks.

Another incredible resource for free lapbooks is Homeschool Share. I bet there’s two or three hundred different lapbooks to choose from there!

You’ll find some free science lapbooks based on the Magic School Bus series over at Yee Shall Know.

Just ask your child what he or she is interested in learning about and give it a try!

One more thing before I go, these days we still use a lot of these flaps, foldables and little envelope sleeves, but we often include them in our science or history notebooks, but the lapbooks themselves seem to have a satisfaction-factor that just can’t be beat. It’s a finished product that the kids can show off and review over and over.  That’s why we did so many when the kids were 3-7 or so.

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Astronomy Unit: Inner and Outer Planets, The Asteroid Belt

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

We seem to talk about the planets about once a year, don’t we?  This time we did a little activity that showed the four inner, rocky planets, the asteroid belt and the four outer planets, the gas giants.

In this picture you can see that the asteroid belt has two layers as well!
We did the inner and out planets speedy lapbook by homeschool bits (25cents) — and even ED was into the cutting/pasting!

We also did the asteroid speedy lapbook. It was the perfect amount of writing for my two — and it reinforced some of the basic information we had covered. We added those pages into our science notebook.
We also did a couple activities. One was a TOTAL flop (showing the elliptical orbits and how sometimes Neptune is the farthest planet)… except that I couldn’t get it to work 5 of the 6 times we did it!  The activity above shows how an object in motion (the suspended nut) moved in the same direction despite being rotated on the lazy susan.

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Forest Unit (3rd Post): Owl Lapbook

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

 Often while I’m reading aloud (in this case we’re still reading Little House in the Big Woods) I have the kids working on other things. A few days ago I had them cut out the pieces of a quick owl lapbook (All Owls, a 50cent lapbook by homeschool bits). It had great tidbits of information, reinforcing all we had read last week.  They put it together and were so excited to share all they knew with Dad when he got home!

I should add that even though there aren’t any pictures ED worked just as hard cutting out the lapbook parts and making her own lapbook!

Excuse the misspelling :-)

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Sunflower Lapbook

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

DD made a sunflower lapbook. I finally have a few minutes to share her work here.

She colored the front page and decided she didn’t want a title on the front cover so I added it into the photo digitally.

I purchased this Sunflower Unit Study/Lapbook on currclick.  It was $1.00 (USdol) — and was totally worth it since both DD and I learned a lot of new information.  You can see the various components of the lapbook in the pictures below.

I also printed out a sunflower booklet from communication4all. That website also has posters of parts of the plant or flower, a booklet about how beans grow, and sunflower numbers and letters (which we didn’t use).

What Plants Need booklet on left above is from communication4all.
 DD is growing her own sunflowers (in the middle pot above).

We read a number of books about sunflowers and plants in general, but Sunflower House by Eve Bunting really captured the kids’ imagination.  We might even try to grow our own sunflower house.  We’ll see!

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