Saturday, June 9, 2012

Robert McCloskey Lapbook

Yesterday was my last day of school!  Although I do love my job, I am very much looking forward to summer vacation!  It won't be a complete vacation as I am supposed to take 2 classes to renew my certificate, and I am teaching summer school.  But, at only 12 mornings of teaching, that is not too bad:)

We finished our Robert McCloskey (one of my favorite children's authors) author study lapbooks the day before school ended.  In my "teacher report card," multiple students wrote that it was their favorite activity from this year.  If you are new to "lapbooking," I made an introduction to it packet on Teachers Pay Teachers.  This project was perfect for the end of the year.  Before the project started, I went to "Michael's" and bought some scrapbooking supplies that went along with the themes/colors of the books.  I also went and printed out color images of things (ex. donuts for Homer Price).  Students had been earning classroom store money with their behavior (very helpful at the end of the year).  They came and "shopped" at the store to but things for their books.  I think that the next time that I do this, I will just print things and save myself a little money.

My book is somewhat plain so that the kids got the stickers and such.  The students loved it because they were able to be very creative with fun scissors, and they were able to draw things that they wanted that went with the books.

Here is what mine looked like:
This is the cover
The first page includes pictures of Robert McCloskey and his family, as well as some of his sketches
The left side is pictures of the covers of his books.  The right is a page about Lentil.  I copied one illustration from each book for each book's page in the project.
These pages are about Make Way for Duckings.  The flaps on the left flip open for the children to write inside of.  The right includes a pocket to hold the ducklings (students wrote their names on them and can practice ABC order/-ack word family)
The left side was for Homer Price.  The right side contains multiple things for Blueberries for Sal.
We graphed our favorite foods containing blueberries on the left.  The right side contains a filmstrip to draw the beginning, middle, and end of Centerbrug Tales.
The left side contains tooth trivia cards, and dental dominoes.  The right side we wrote tips for keeping your teeth healthy.
The way we glues it, students were able to flip it and draw healthy foods on the tooth.
Since Time of Wonder contains a strong storm, we learned about hurricanes.
Since Burt Dow Deepwater Man is about a whale, students retold the story on the page on the left.  They then made a band-aid picture on the right.  They were very creative!
I think that the hardest page for everyone was choosing their favorite Robert McCloskey book and writing about why it was their favorite.  :)
Some useful books (besides the children's books themselves):
purchase here
available on Amazon
I also bought another old guide used but I don't see it on Amazon anymore and the book is at school.  Does anyone else "lapbook" out there?

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