Explorers Lapbook

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 MaestroWhen Clay SingsIn 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.

Here are the lapbooks. The first one is JD Boy’s (age 5). JD Boy’s lapbook components are about half from  Explorers of North America History Pockets and half from Time Travelers New World Explorers.

JD Boy’s cover:


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 :
His timeline:

To see more detailed pictures of JD Boy’s lapbook, click here.

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.

Zippy’s Cover: (We can hardly get it closed.)

Her Timeline:

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:

To see more pictures of Zippy’s lapbook, click here.

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:

JD Boy’s:


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!)

5 thoughts on “Explorers Lapbook

  • November 4, 2008 at 6:01 am

    You did a great job… I like your blog so far. The kids did a great job on their lapbooks.

    I had one problem. I could not view your daughters explorers lapbook, you might want to check that.

    One addition also, I found the book This Country of Ours at archive.org. They have free downloads of pdf. This book they had in a number of formats including pdf in color and pdf in black and white. I like archive.org better than Google books because the whole book is there not just parts and you can download it not just save a bookmark. To each their own… but here is the website if you or your readers are interested. I downloaded the color one. I liked the color drawings better though it is a bigger file.


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  • November 5, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    I love your son's drawing of the rough seas. It has a lot of expression in it.

    All of your projects, but especially your sun's look like very fun, very involved (and very messy) projects. Great job!

  • November 9, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Can we come to your house for school? It looks like too much fun!!! I loved all the pictures.

    You look like a very kind person and loving mom.

    Just thought I'd let you know!!


  • November 10, 2008 at 2:29 am

    Welcome to the Lapbooking Blog Ring! We are thrilled to have you! These projects are AMAZING! Well done!

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