Lapbooking

Lapbooking, while not widely used is one of our keys to effective and dynamic learning. I think of it as a practical and visual bridge between what we have read and what the kids take in. The kids enjoy going back over the books and showing them off to their dad in a presentation they do at the end of each unit. The photo below is from Greg's lapbook on microscopes and introduction to the microscopic world around us. This book represents about 1 week of science work and it is sort of slim. Most of our lapbooks last for more like 2 weeks and sometimes 3 if it's a big subject. But generally I like to keep it to 2 so things feels fresh and new.

We use multiple different formats to showcase our learning. To the far left of the above photo he used mailing tags to draw examples of the two main types of microscopes that we studied. We secured these in with a brad so the cards swing apart for easy viewing. In the center we used a blue CD envelope with clear window to hold the drawings of what the kids saw through the microviewer. In the zebra paper-flap book there is an example of graphed micro drawing ( why zebra paper?.. why not??) Barely visible under the the flap book is a small plastic envelope in which we put index card on which we list our vocabulary words from the unit. This makes for an easy way to review words and play simple memory games with the cards.

What you can't see above due to rather crap-tastic photography on my part is the fact card on Robert Hooke, an actual slide that was preped and attached in the book and a labeled diagram of all the parts of a microscope.

Below is the front of the folder with a graphic of one of the early microscopes built by Robert Hooke. Each boy went on to add other personal art to the front cover. I believe dripping blood was a popular thematic choice ( but not mine!)

Today we got to work in earnest on our Classification unit. We started off by talking about Carl Linnaeus and his gift to us of the system of Taxonomy that is still pretty much the standard used today. In doing that we studied some basic systems of sorting and classifying. We used buttons for our purpose since wide slew of wild animals was not at our disposal! I found this lesson on line - Dichotomous Keys.. http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Process_Skills/SPS0002.html


Currently we are out by the pool and the boys are enjoying one of the last nice swimming days of the year :)

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