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How you can use lapbooks for homeschool science

March 01, 2014 2 min read

I'm excited to share with you that we recently added a line of science lapbooks to our store! To celebrate the addition, I wanted to share with you a little more about lapbooks and how you can use them for homeschool science.

What are lapbooks?

Before we share how you can use a science lapbook, let's look at what a lapbook is!

A lapbook is like an educational scrapbook that fit into the lap of the student.

A lapbook contains a collection of related mini-books on a certain subject. Each of these is then glued into a file folder or notebook for easy viewing. 

One of the key benefits of lapbooks is that they do not ask the student to respond to basic comprehension questions. Instead, they cause the student to interact with the materials in a similar fashion to notebooking

Another benefit of using a lapbook is that you can cover a single topic in a shorter amount of time, making it easier to follow your students' interests. Plus, lapbooks are versatile, allowing you to easily tailor your science plans to your students' needs.

As you can see, lapbooks are adaptable, resourceful tools we can use for homeschool science!

How does one use lapbooks for homeschool science?

You can add science lapbooks into your homeschool in several ways. You can:

  • Use a lapbook to review a unit that you have just finished covering in your current curriculum;
  • Switch things up a bit by exchanging a lapbook for your regular science notebook;
  • Or base an entire unit around a science lapbook. In this case, the lapbook can serve as the guide for a full unit study.

The science lapbook you choose can be an added bonus to your current plans or it can be your main plan for science as long as the lapbook plans contain all three keys for teaching science.

What do the Elemental Science Lapbooks look like?

The Elemental Science Lapbooks range in length and subject matter, but all of them incorporate the three keys to teaching science at home.

Each Lapbooking through... lesson contains:

  • A reading plan (for both younger and older students) and a list of optional library books;
  • All the templates and pictures you need to create a beautiful lapbook on the topic;
  • Plus, vocabulary, a list of additional books, and a related science activity!

In short, our science lapbooks provides the tools you need to introduce the principal facts of an area of science through an exciting, hands-on approach. Our easy-to-use plans and attractive lapbook templates will help you to create a fantastic learning opportunity with minimal effort!

Check out our current lapbooks

Here are our latest science lapbooks by discipline:

I trust that you can see that lapbooks are excellent tools for review and for switching things up. They can also be used as the centerpiece of a homeschool science unit. Whichever you choose, these educational scrapbooks will help you teach your students as they form memories for years to come!

If you have any questions about how to use a science lapbook in your homeschool, please don't hesitate to drop us a line at support@elementalscience.com!


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