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We just finished up our human body unit, and had a great time lapbooking about it.  There was so much information to cover (we spent a solid two weeks working on this one), and I think the lapbook was great for helping Brody retain what all we were covering, as well as to serve as a reference for looking back on things in the future.  Plus, now we have two lapbooks in our nifty storage binder so it’s much more fun to flip through now.  ;o)

Without further ado, here is our creation!  It mostly adheres to the Core Knowledge curriculum, but I did add a few extra systems beyond what was listed because I felt they were relevant.  We covered the body as a whole, and then the following systems: skeletal, muscular, digestive, excretory, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, and reproductive (I included this one because there have been lots of questions about the baby I’m currently baking!).  Oh, and I definitely must mention our brain hat that we made during the nervous system unit, it currently lives on the dining room table and is often placed on someone’s head when they need a little extra help with a difficult task.  :oD

Here is my proud student showing off his creation

Look mom, it’s GIGANTIC!!

and of course little sister had to get in on the fun (she’s never far away when there’s a camera around)

And here is a link to a pdf document of all the printouts I used: human_body_lapbook

Please keep in mind that all of the photos are snagged from the internet or scanned in from our textbook, and the information is from our textbooks and other resource books, so please just use them for personal use and not mass reproduction.  Here are a few images showing the layout of our book, but of course you are free to use the minibooks to suit your personal needs. (click to enlarge)

skeletal and muscular systems

digestive and excretory systems

human body, health, and senses

circulatory and respiratory systems

nervous and reproductive systems

A friend of ours recently introduced us to a fun concept called lapbooking.  The basic idea is to take a plain ol’ file folder and re-fold it to make a little booklet and then fill it with information, drawings, activities, and pictures related to a particular subject.  There are pre-made kits and templates available all over the internet, but I decided to make ours from scratch using some of the ideas but by applying the information from our Core Knowledge curriculum so that the information went along with what we were already learning.  I scoured the internet for images and activities, then made them into minibooks (which is the technical term for the little booklets and things inside the folder).

Here are a couple of pictures of Brody with his Ancient Egypt lapbook! — it was our first attempt, so easy on the critique ;o)

Brody really had a lot of fun creating his book, and I think it is a great tool for enhancing our curriculum.  It gives him a chance to express himself on the subject (which I think really helps with retaining the information), as well as providing a resource that we can put on the bookshelf and he can refer back to whenever he’d like.

While I was digging for lapbook templates, I also stumbled across a concept called “Tot Books” which is a toddler version of the big kid lapbooks!  Adelyn is always excited to “do what Bubba doing” so I plan on making many many of these to keep her little mind and hands busy during school time.  Here are a couple pictures of her using her Farm lapbook that I downloaded from the 1+1+1=1 blog.  I just printed it off and laminated the pieces so hopefully they will last a little bit longer.

If you would like to use some (or all!) of the minibooks I made for your own lapbook, you are welcome to.  All of the photos are snagged from the internet or scanned in from our textbook, and the information is from our textbooks, so please just use them for personal use and not mass reproduction.  Here are a couple of images showing the layout, as well as the minibooks opened up with the information inside displayed.

And now for the good stuff, here’s the pdf for our Ancient Egypt Lapbook:  CK_Ancient_Egypt_lapbook

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