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!!!

Week Twenty-Six Science Lessons: Plant Adaptations and Animal Adaptations (Structures and Functions)

Grade 5 Science

Week Twenty-six Lessons

This week we will start the Organisms Unit. We are going to take a look at how the structures and functions of plants and animals 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- Structures and Functions of Plants and Animals

TEKS/ Standards:

(A) compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals; Readiness Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can compare the structures and functions of different species that help them survive.

Essential Questions:

Monday – What adaptations do you think are the best to have where you live? Why?

Tuesday –Why is an adaptation important to a certain species of animal?

Wednesday – Why is it important for plants to have adaptations?

Thursday – Which plant adaptations would be helpful to plants where you live?

Friday – Which adaptations are similar between animals and plants?

Word Wall Words:

Adaptation  Species

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 Animal Adaptations

Science and Literacy Plant Adaptations

Organisms and Environments Anchor Charts

Life Science Vocabulary

STAAR Science Review Stations

Lesson Ideas:

(M) Students will complete the Camouflage Activity. Students will also complete the Plant Observation Station. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in Science and Literacy Animal Adaptations and Science and Literacy Plant Adaptations. Students will complete the Trip Around The Zoo Animal Adaptation Stations.-Science and Literacy Animal Adaptations .

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(T) Students will read an informational text about Animal Adaptations and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from today’s reading (this makes a good homework assignment if you are low on time). Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Animal Adaptations.

(W)–Students will read an informational text about Plant Adaptations and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from today’s reading (again, this makes a good homework assignment if you are low on time). Science and Literacy Plant Adaptations.

(Th) Students will complete the Plant Adaptation Stations.-Organisms and Environments Interactive Science Notebook.

Plant Adaptations Stations

Complete the Adaptations Anchor Chart as a class. –  Organisms and Environments Anchor Charts The anchor chart is printable for to save you from drawing pictures and to use as a handout for your students.

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Printable Anchor Charts

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The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room.

(F) Continue the STAAR Science Review Stations this week. Complete one or two rotations of stations this Friday. Only 5 weeks before the STAAR Science!

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STAAR review stations

Lesson Notes:

Science Wall  and Science Starters to start each day. (Science and Literacy Animal Adaptations and Science and Literacy Plant Adaptations) there are two sets to choose from for this week. During extra class time, complete the Life Science Vocabulary pages that accompany this week’s learning. Use this week to catch up on any words from the last few weeks that you didn’t get a chance to cover. Extra activities for this week: Animal Adaptations Notebook Activity (Organisms and Environments Interactive Science Notebook) and the Build a Plant Activity (Science and Literacy Plant Adaptations).

Plant Adaptation Activity

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

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

Week Seventeen Science Lessons: The Water Cycle

Grade 5 Science

Week Seventeen Lessons

This week we will start the Space Unit. Space in 5th grade looks at the interactions between space and earth. We will be exploring the Water Cycle this week. Students will observe and diagram the steps of the water cycle. Here is a lesson to help you plan. 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 lessons week 17

TEKS/ Standards:

(B) explain how the Sun and the ocean interact in the water cycle; Supporting Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can explain how the Sun and ocean interact in the water cycle.

Essential Questions:

Monday – Where does evaporation occur in the world around us?

Tuesday – Why is the water cycle important to people and animals?

Wednesday – How are trees a part of the water cycle?

Thursday – What purpose does a collection play in the water cycle?

Friday – How does water change between each part of the water cycle?

Word Wall Words:

Water cycle

Evaporation

Condensation

Precipitation

Transpiration

Runoff

Collection

Lesson Ideas and Materials:

Materials:

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

Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Water Cycle

Earth and Space Anchor Charts

Earth Science Vocabulary

STAAR Science Review Stations

Lesson Ideas:

(Monday) Students will observe the Water Cycle Baggies and put the Water Cycle word book together. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Water Cycle

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Water cycle activity condensation

(Tuesday) Students will read an informational text about the Water Cycle 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 Water Cycle.

(Wednesday) Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from Tuesday’s reading. – Science and Literacy Water Cycle. Students will complete the water cycle notes and wheel in their notebooks- Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

(Thursday) Students will complete the Water Cycle Observations Stations.-Science and Literacy Water Cycle Complete the Water Cycle Anchor Chart as a class. –  Earth and Space Anchor Charts The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room.

Water Cycle Anchor Chart

(Friday) Start the STAAR Science Review Stations this week. Complete one or two rotations of stations each Friday between now and the STAAR test. You have 14 stations and 14 weeks from now to the week before the Science STAAR test.

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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.

2nd Grade Earth and Space Science Notebook

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

Complete the vocabulary pages that were not completed through the week.

Getting ready for the 5th grade STAAR Science test

As a fifth grade Science teacher, I am very familiar with the panic that sets in about this time of the year. It’s getting too close to time for the standardized testing to begin. This is when I start to question my efforts for the school year. Did I cover all of the standards? Have I identified all the students who need extra help? Are my kiddos ready?!?!
There are a few simple teaching and test prep strategies I have put in routine each year that I feel help me better prepare the kids for what is covered.

1. Science Movies Lunch Club
I pick 10 students who could use some extra science knowledge and invite them to join me to watch science movies in my class during lunch. Sometimes I will tell them they can bring a friend, too. Many websites offer educational science videos that you can play for them. I love Discovery Education! I usually offer this lunch club a couple times a week and it’s completely voluntary

2. Science Review Stations
I like to start in January and let the students rotate through review stations that cover the 5th grade STAAR standards. I’ve made Fridays STAAR Stations days, so the kids can work together on activities to review concepts. Click on the picture below if you want my STAAR Stations kit.

STAAR review stations

5th grade STAAR REVIEW STATIONS

3.Practice testing
This is something I usually start even earlier than January, but it’s never too late! Here’s my method: I give the small practice assessment. The students turn it in for me to grade and analyze. You can chart the Standards each student misses for a more in depth tutoring or small group. Then, I hand them back to the students and we walk through each question step by step as a class modeling good test taking strategies. I never mark on the assessment while grading it, so the students can assess themselves as we go back over it. I also do not usually take a grade for the grade book on these either. I really love the Kamico diagnostic series. It’s a little pricey, but very challenging and does a great job preparing for the test.

4. Science Small Groups
I will pick small groups to work with as often as possible. This allows more one-on-one teaching time. I will sit at their table and work through short multiple choice questions with them. I am working on getting my kit up on my TeachersPayTeachers store, soon! I like to use test strategy cards that allow students to pick the best strategy for working the problem we are looking at. These cards may say things like “draw a diagram” or “define key words” to help remind students about ways to work test problems in Science.

5. Diagram Quick Draws
Having the students practice drawing Science diagrams over and over will help them stick in the students memory. I will call out a diagram and the students will draw it by memory. I will walk around and look over their drawings and maybe give a hint if they are struggling. We go over the answer key diagram so they can make any changes they missed. They can then draw these diagrams to help answer questions on the test. If they see the question is about moon phases, they can draw our moon phase diagram. I also use diagrams to help with the Accommodated test takers. They are allowed unlabeled diagrams, so practicing drawing and labeling each diagram will help the students know their Accommodated diagrams better on test day. If you need a set of diagrams click on the picture below!

STAAR DIAGRAMS

Science diagrams to help students on STAAR test

These are a few of the most important test prep I do with my class. I want to make each student as prepared as possible for the test and relive some of the test taking anxiety they will have. I know my kiddos stress over standardized tests, so better test prep will make them more able and confident to pass the test.

**The diagnostic testing can help you make tutoring groups as well. You can work through the tests during tutoring for extra test taking practice. Adding a small lab for exploring each question is a great way to build their knowledge and help them see the real life applications of a question.