From Guest Blogger Tabitha Caro:Lapbooks are file folders with informative minibooks and/or games pasted inside them. They are great for organizing information that students have researched, reinforcing skills taught in the classroom, as a portfolio assessment at the end of a unit, and so on.To give you an example, I'll explain the process of the animal lapbook my students did last year (all in Spanish since I teach in a Spanish immersion program):
1) Students chose an animal and began research on that animal. I sent a rubric home to parents.
2) Students put the basics of the file folder together (parents donated used file folders - hurray for recycling!).
3) I created a few minibooks that were required to be in the lapbook, such as habitat, class, food, etc. I allowed for some research time in class on those minibooks.
4) I also provided some blank templates that they could choose from to add extra information about the lapbook.
5) The remainder of their project they completed at home.
6) We then had a "Share Day" for the lapbooks. After assessing the projects with the rubrics, I posted them in one of the school hallways (thanks, kids, for making me look like an awesome teacher!).
Here is a photo of their projects: http://www.facebook.com/flapjackeducationalresources#!/photo.php?fbid=172176332839434&set=a.172176306172770.42508.144749588915442&type=1&theaterFor more thorough explanation on lapbooks (with links to templates and such), go to my Skidoo page at: http://www.squidoo.com/lapbooks-in-the-classroom. There I also have a video on how I organize lapbooking in my classroom.Thanks, Sunnydays, for having me! I love to talk about lapbooks!Tabitha, FlapJack Educational ResourcesMy FB Page - http://www.facebook.com/flapjackeducationalresourcesMy Website - www.flapjackeducation.com/