Monday, April 9, 2012


I was on Pinterest the other day and I came across something called lapbooking on a homeschooling site.  I had never heard of it before and I checked it out because it had a very visual element that I know students will appreciate.  Students make mini-books about elements that are related to a common topic. Then they arrange all of the mini-books into a display of one large lapbook. There are a number of websites that can give ideas for lapbooking--just Google it.  Many of the sites give photo examples and also templates for making the mini-books.

This is the lapbook my students are making this week as a way to review the reading stragegies they have learned this year. I spent class time demonstrating how to make the individual minibooks.  Then I made the lapbook a center this week so the students could write the information inside the minibooks during their worktime.

This is a note from the mom of one of my students:


  1. What fabulous feedback from a parent! I love this idea, especially for working with language learners.

  2. Did you write the definition in each section of the lapbook? Or do you have an outline I can follow to create this? Thanks

  3. Inside the little books the students wrote what each strategy meant to them. Some of them wrote definition. Others sketched an illustration. Some told an example of when they used the strategy. The purpose of lapbooks is for students to record their own information on the topic. It gives them ownership of the topic.

  4. Can you send the directions to make one of these reading strategy lapbooks? Do you have any templates for the mini books?

    1. Many of my mini books I just make up after seeing so many examples on Pinterest and doing Google searches. Here is one website that has a large amount of free templates:

  5. This is great! This will be a great review for my kids right before testing, and to use the rest of the year. What do you use the "ABCD" column for?

  6. Nevermind! I think I just figured it out! Comprehension question strategies?