This is the most detailed lapbook that we have done so far. (So get ready for lots of pictures.) The kids were very proud of these lapbooks. It took us several weeks to do these as we read and learned about the explorers.
Here is a list of books that we enjoyed on this subject: Around the World in a Hundred Years, The Usborne Book of Explorers, Eyewitness Books Explorer, Exploration and Conquest by Betsy Maestro, When Clay Sings, In My Mother’s House, Who Were the First North Americans?. And of course we continued reading This Country of Ours. Also there was a lot of interesting information that we read from the Time Travelers New World Explorers CD by Amy Pak. I really can’t say enough good about her products. They are outstanding. This is not an exhaustive list of what we read, but it’s all I can remember.
We learned about so many explorers in this unit. I was amazed at how well the kids remembered what we studied. I really think that lapbooking helps especially my daughter remember what we are studying. She is a very hands-on learner.
His painting of the sea:
His Pirate: (Clothing attaches to pirate with velcro.)
His Explorer Profiles:
Backs of Explorer profiles:
Inside of lapbook with extension up:
His treasure chest:
His navigation tools:
His sea monster pop-up :
Whew! That was already a lot of pictures, but there’s more. Here is Zippy’s (age 8) lapbook. It is all from Time Travelers New World Explorers with a few adaptions. They enjoyed being able to do different lapbooks this time. Some things were the same, but they were mostly different. Before, even though they’ve each made their own, they had mostly the same things in them. So it was fun to have two different finished products.
Her maps: (Each explorer had his own overlay made out of overhead projector sheets. This was the thickest part of her lapbook and was a lot of work.)
Inside with extension opened to display explorer profiles: (The timeline and the maps are tucked into the red pocket.)
Inside of one explorer profile:
Zippy’s Sea Monster pop-up:
One other fun thing we did with this unit study was to make Inca masks. This idea came from Time Travelers New World Explorers. These were really fun, but took half of a day to make. They are made out of papier-mâché. We taped down string and aluminum foil to make the shapes on the mask, then the papier-mâché, then once the masks were dry, the kids spray painted them.
Here are the pictures:
What a fun project! (And, by the way, my daughter took those pictures of my hands in that gooey stuff. I couldn’t stay out of it!)