How to Create Lapbooks for the Interactive Science Notebook

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Lapbooks had been showing up in my Pinterest feed more and more, and I wanted to find the best way to use them in a science classroom. All the lapbooks I come across look fun and interactive, and I know students would enjoy creating and using them.

Thinking over the many uses of a lapbook in a science classroom, I decided that they would be a great addition to an interactive science notebook. Essentially, lapbooks and interactive notebooks both give students an interactive place to collect and store new information for future practice and reference.

One thing bothered me about lapbooks. Where would I keep these lapbooks in my classroom? I have always organized and stored student notebooks in my classroom. Each table with its own crate to hold the notebooks. Students can take their notebooks home for review or homework help as needed, but having a dedicated place of storage in the classroom cuts down on students losing and destroying them. A lapbook for each student, for each topic, would really add clutter to my already filled classroom. **Idea** Make the lapbooks IN the notebooks!

mini lapbook image.pngI have a system for creating lapbooks for each topic in your science lessons, and how to get a whole lapbook onto a page in the student notebook.

  1. Create a lapbook using printer paper and glue it into the notebook on the input side.
  2. Use the materials that you already have in your lesson files to fill the lapbook with valuable information and learning tools.
  3. Create these lapbooks during the time you already use for interactive notebook input.

Students can always look back and review the interactive learning tool you have provided for them! This is great for test prep and review.

Easy to create, easy to store, and easy for students to use!

Grab this FREE mini lapbook guide with set up and printables!

Lapbook Template

 

Here is my Complete List of What to Include in your Lapbooks for the Interactive Science Notebook:

  1. Topic/ I Can Statement or Standard
  2. Guiding Question to Answer
  3. K-W-L or Schema Building Activity
  4. Vocabulary Matching (Cards and Definitions can be found in these review stations.)
  5. Anchor Chart
  6. Lab or Activity Sheet
  7. Interactive Science Notebook Input Activity

**Print on the setting “4 per page” to get the printables small enough for your mini lapbook.

You can always take this lapbook idea and use it for a file folder sized lapbook if that is the format you like best!

This whole system could be easily modified to work in a math or history/ social studies classroom, too!! The possibilities are endless 🙂

Have fun making Interactive Science Notebooks even more interactive!!!

Back to School: 3 Steps to Streamlining Your Lesson Planning

3 steps to lesson planning

July is almost over already?!?! Summer goes by faster and faster each year I think. July is the month I always scheduled my CPE and professional development workshops to prepare for the upcoming school year. I also get organized and set up for my school year in July. I am a bit of a planning nerd, so a good deal of my lessons and classroom were usually set up by the time I left the previous school year. But, I always used July to really get it together.

Okay, so where do I begin planning an entire year?

Evaluate, Simplify, Plan

step 1 evaluate

First, I evaluate what I need to cover. Your state and district standards are always a great place to start. Some schools provide a scope and sequence to let you know when to cover each standard. If you don’t have a scope and sequence, break up your standards across your year. I use a calendar like the picture below to organize the standards in a logical order and take into account school holidays.

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Second, I simplify by planing out my system for teaching. I like to begin with a learning goal based on the standard(s) I have planned for the week(s). Having a specific method for teaching in your classroom will help you organize and streamline the planning process of each lesson. Here is the planning method I use:”IDEA” Introduce, Details, Experience, Assess.

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Click here to download my lesson brainstorming pages! My gift to you to help get your school year off to a low-stress start 🙂

If you would like to see a whole year of my lesson planning, check out my Science Lesson Plans freebie on Teachers Pay Teachers. This might help give you an idea how I use resources to cover each part of my teaching process. Mondays usually cover the Introduce lesson, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the Details, Thursdays are the Experience and the formative part of the Assessment. Fridays are a day I use to spread out a longer lesson, or to complete comprehensive Science Stations to review the concepts from the year. This gives you time to work with small groups for extra learning or provide a reteach if the formative assessment doesn’t show the mastery you wanted. A week from my Science Lesson Plans freebie is shown below. I make sure to provide links to any resources I use for each lesson.
Free Science Lessons: Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis

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Third, I plan. I look at each standard/ lesson and decide which teaching materials and resources will be the best to cover it. I have a collection of resources that I add to and update each year as I go along to meet new standards or new methods of teaching. I suggest storing your collection of resources in binders. Depending on the amount of resources you have, you can put everything for one unit, or one standard, into its own binder. I started my teaching career using filing cabinets. I swear I had a troll living in my filing cabinet because papers were always all over the place and I had a hard time finding anything. I soon figured out binders were much better for me 🙂 When building your collection, Pinterest is a great place to start! So many great ideas. I can get lost in my Pinterest “Planning” time for hours. It just sucks me right in! I have many education and science boards already set up if you need a place to start looking.

I also have a blog post for each week of the school year for my upper elementary/ 5th grade lessons.

Once you have a good collection of materials and resources, go ahead and start plugging them into your lesson plans!

Here are the big collection bundled resources I have been recommending to the teachers who have already been emailing me for planning suggestions this summer.

Everything 5th Grade Science

2nd grade interactive science notebook bundle

Week 24 Science Lessons: Carbon Dioxide – Oxygen Cycle and Photosynthesis

Grade 5 Science

Week Twenty-four Lessons

This week we will continue the Environments Unit. We are going to take a look at how the carbon dioxide- oxygen cycle and photosynthesis work, and why they are important. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

free science lesson - carbon dioxide- oxygen cycle and photosynthesis

TEKS/ Standards:

(D) identify the significance of the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and animals. Supporting Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can identify the importance of the carbon dioxide – oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and animals.

Essential Questions:

Monday – What does a plant use for photosynthesis?

Tuesday – Why is the carbon dioxide- oxygen cycle important for life?

Wednesday – Why is photosynthesis important for life?

Thursday – How do the carbon dioxide – oxygen cycle and photosynthesis work together?

Friday – Could we live if the carbon dioxide – oxygen cycle stopped? Explain your thoughts.

Word Wall Words:

Photosynthesis

Lesson Ideas and Materials:

Materials:

Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Organisms and Environments Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Carbon Dioxide – Oxygen Cycle and Photosynthesis

Organisms and Environments Anchor Charts

Life Science Vocabulary

STAAR Science Review Stations

Lesson Ideas:

(Monday) Students will complete the Photosynthesis/ Boiling Water Analogy Activity. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Carbon Dioxide – Oxygen Cycle and Photosynthesis

(Tuesday) Students will read an informational text about the Carbon Dioxide – Oxygen Cycle and Photosynthesis and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Carbon Dioxide – Oxygen Cycle and Photosynthesis

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(Wednesday) Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from Tuesday’s reading. –Science and Literacy Carbon Dioxide – Oxygen Cycle and Photosynthesis. Students will complete the photosynthesis diagram and writing activity in their notebooks- Organisms and Environments Interactive Science Notebook

(Thursday) Students will play the Carbon Dioxide – Oxygen Balloon Toss Game.-Science and Literacy Carbon Dioxide – Oxygen Cycle and Photosynthesis. Complete the Carbon Dioxide- Oxygen Cycle Anchor Chart as a class. –  Organisms and Environments Anchor Charts The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room.

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carbon dioxide - oxygen cycle and photosynthesis

(Friday) Continue the STAAR Science Review Stations this week. Complete one or two rotations of stations this Friday. Only 9 weeks before the STAAR Science!

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STAAR review stations

Additional resources:

The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.

5th Science Lesson Plans

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for Earth and Space so far.

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

2nd Grade Organisms and Environments Interactive Notebook

The Twelve Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Twelfth Day – Science Cycles Slides

12 days of Christmas tips and gifts

Today marks the end of my 12 days of Christmas. I hope you were able to find something helpful out of this series. Here goes the twelfth day!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Elementary Ali gave to me…

Twelve Science Cycles Slides!

When teaching science, it is handy to have the common cycles on hand for a quick overview. This slide show I have made can be used as an individual slide from the group as you teach the cycle. The slide show is formatted in a way that it can also be used as an end of the year review game. Students can guess the name of the cycle based on the parts. The parts of the cycle are designed to appear in order during the slide show presentation. Your twelfth gifts of Christmas are twelve science cycles slides. Here is a look at a cycle from the slide show.

science cycles slide show freebie

The Twelve Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Eleventh Day – Science Tools Task Cards

12 days of Christmas tips and gifts

Follow with me each day as I post my 12 gifts of Christmas for teachers. Each day will have a tip to encourage engaged learning in your classroom and a free gift to accompany that tip. Here goes the eleventh day!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Elementary Ali gave to me…

Eleven Science Tools Task Cards!

Task cards are becoming a popular strategy to encourage interactive learning. You can create simple tasks for students to explore and practice a skill. Your eleventh gifts of Christmas are eleven Science Tools Task Cards for practicing using common elementary science tools. Here is a look at a couple of the free task cards:

Task Cards Freebie

The Twelve Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Tenth Day – Higher Level Thinking Activites

12 days of Christmas tips and gifts

Follow with me each day as I post my 12 gifts of Christmas for teachers. Each day will have a tip to encourage engaged learning in your classroom and a free gift to accompany that tip. Here goes the tenth day!

On the tenth day of Christmas, Elementary Ali gave to me…

Ten Higher Level Thinking Activities!

It can be challenging to challenge your students. I wanted to give you some ideas to get them thinking. The higher levels of thinking challenges are actually more fun for the students, if you have the right activities planned for them! This week your gift is ten higher level thinking activities! Here are a couple sample pics:

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Fifth Day of Christmas – Reward Tickets

12 days of Christmas tips and gifts

Follow with me each day as I post my 12 gifts of Christmas for teachers. Each day will have a tip to encourage engaged learning in your classroom and a free gift to accompany that tip. Here goes the fifth day!

On the fifth day of Christmas, Elementary Ali gave to me…

Five cost-free reward tickets!

Rewards my first year of teaching cost me well over a hundred dollars. I thought that exciting bouncy balls and light-up toys would convince my students to listen and follow directions. It did work. But to my surprise, the teacher next door had cost-free rewards that worked even better! Today your gift is five cost-free (and editable) reward tickets!

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Fourth Day of Christmas – Interactive Notebook Templates

12 days of Christmas tips and gifts

Follow with me each day as I post my 12 gifts of Christmas for teachers. Each day will have a tip to encourage engaged learning in your classroom and a free gift to accompany that tip. Here goes the fourth day!

On the fourth day of Christmas, Elementary Ali gave to me…

Four Interactive Notebook Templates!

Interactive notebooks have gained popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. They take old fashion note taking from writing facts in a notebook to cutting out parts and building something movable to experience notes in a new and exciting way. Today your gift is four editable interactive notebook templates! Here are images of a couple of these templates in action:

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The 12 Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Third Day of Christmas – Vocabulry Template

12 days of Christmas tips and gifts

Follow with me each day as I post my 12 gifts of Christmas for teachers. Each day will have a tip to encourage engaged learning in your classroom and a free gift to accompany that tip. Here goes the third day!

On the third day of Christmas, Elementary Ali gave to me…

Three fun ways to learn vocabulary!

Vocabulary is incredibly important for learning new concepts in all subject areas. Studying words can get a little boring for kids, so you have to make it fun! Today your Christmas gift is three (editable) free vocabulary templates to make it more exciting. Here are a few looks at some of the template pages:

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The 12 Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Second Day of Christmas – Graphic Organizers

12 days of Christmas tips and gifts

Follow with me each day as I post my 12 gifts of Christmas for teachers. Each day will have a tip to encourage engaged learning in your classroom and a free gift to accompany that tip. Here goes the second day!

On the second day of Christmas, Elementary Ali gave to me…

Two Engaging Graphic Organizers!

Graphic organizers are a perfect way for students to connect relationships between concepts. Creating graphic organizers that use shapes and pictures from the content they are processing help engage your students in note taking, planning, and concept mapping.

Your second gifts of Christmas are two graphic organizers for reading and processing informational texts. These graphic organizers are for general science (and non-science) needs! The first on is a graphic organizer to help students process informational texts, and the second is a graphic organizer for walking students through the scientific method during an experiment.

How to make graphic organizers for your class:

1. Use power point because the shapes will stay where you put them, and you can manipulate the shapes much more easily.

2. Decide which format of graphic organizer fits your objective. (sequencing, planning, main idea and details, comparing…)

3. Pick shapes that match the concept you are teaching. Insert –> Shapes –> Draw the shape on your slide

4. Add any images or clipart that might make this organizer more exciting.