Interactive notebooks have been a must-have resource in elementary classrooms for a while now and it’s easy to see why. Creating a tangible resource that your learners can engage with after the lesson is taught allows them to continue learning and even teach others.
However, sometimes interactive notebooks can be just too much for some students and teachers. Not all classrooms can add a new page every week and some units are more engaging with a craftivity or hands-on activity. So what is the solution that has the power of an interactive notebook, but not the commitment to a year of printables? Interactive Lapbooks!!
Lapbooks provide interactive resources that will engage your students can use after the unit is taught. The resources will focus on a specific theme or unit of study that can be completed throughout a week or even two. They will be able to focus on one skill at a time and after the unit is complete they will have a fun and engaging lapbook.
All that you need is a file folder, printables and you are good to go! We love to research using books as we create our interactive lapbooks, but you can use videos, websites and so much more to supplement the unit of study.
Planning Interactive Activities
This gives teachers the freedom to step outside the box. For many early childhood classrooms it takes a whole day to cut out resources or not all learners are able to complete an interactive workpage weekly without getting frustrated.
Using a lapbook for a unit allows you to create more hands-on learning experiences with a fun project or craftivity without the pressure to add to their interactive notebook often. Your lesson planning will not have to revolve around giving your learners a complete notebook to take home at the end of the school year, but on activities that best meets the needs of your classroom.
Creating a Lapbook Box
Finally, lapbooks are easy to find after creation. Your little learners, especially pre-k and kindergarten students, may have a hard time finding an experiment they did on apples in the fall even when their interactive notebook is organized and labeled.
However, by creating a lapbook box, you can have your learners store their lapbooks in one location. Allow your learners to grab their lapbooks during science stations or free choice centers time. The same benefits of an interactive notebook (one place + multiple interactive resources = AWESOME).