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How to Know if You Should Use a Lapbook or a Notebook for Science {Episode 96}

March 08, 2021 2 min read

 Lapbook or notebook? This Tips for Homeschool Science podcast will help you to decide.

Lapbook or notebook? Notebook or lapbook? How do you choose between the two? In this podcast, you are going to learn how to do just that!

Welcome to season 7 of the Tips for Homeschool Science Show, where we are exploring the how-to’s of teaching science at home so that you will have building blocks you need for homeschool science.

I am Paige Hudson, your guide through this journey. Let’s dig in…

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Episode 96 - How to Know if You Should Use a Lapbook or a Notebook for Science

This audio is an expansion of a popular post from Elemental Science. See the original post here:

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Here is what you'll find in this episode: 

(0:33)

Introducing Science Chunks - with both lapbooks and notebooks!

(0:52)

Notebooking, or rather narration, is a way of writing down what your students have learned.

  • We love notebooking over comprehension worksheets!
  • This can be done with either lapbooks or notebooks.

(1:39)

What is a lapbook?

  • Definition: A lapbook is an educational scrapbook that fits into the lap of a student.
  • Basically, lapbooks are a collection of mini-books in a file folder.
  • These are good for younger students.

(2:50)

What is a notebook?

  • Definition: A notebook is a workbook—spiral bound, pre-printed, or blank—that student can use to record what he or she is learning.
  • A notebook contains both the information the student has learned and pictures that relate to that.
  • These are good for older students

(4:04)

How can you choose between lapbooks and notebooks?

  • Both have a place in your teacher toolbox!
  • Ask the following questions: How well is my student writing? How long will we spend on the unit? How old are my students? Which would we prefer?

(5:40)

The final word...

  • Both lapbooks and notebooks can help you record what your students are learning for science.

(6:28)

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Lapbook or notebook? This Tips for Homeschool Science podcast will help you to decide.


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