Monday, January 10, 2011

Penguin and Antarctica Lapbook

We finished this before the holidays but I am just now getting photos of the final product up.

 Back:  Ian's contribution
 Inside:  from top left down we have a photo of Antarctica explaining that's where most penguins live and that they all live in the S. Hemisphere.  Beneath that is a triangle that flips to either side explaining why penguins are black and white.  The center has the penguin life cycle and a vocabulary list which is flipped down.  The right side has a flip chart of what penguins eat and who eats penguins and a pocket with 17 cards, one for each of the different types of penguins.
 Inside with the vocabulary list flipped up:
 We used the Magic Tree House Research Guide book for our vocabulary as well as for the bulk of information we learned.  We read and discussed one chapter a day and Gracie recorded vocab words on this sheet.
 Flip chart on what penguins eat and who eats penguins. 

I found all the resources for this flip book online.  There were a ton of links, I just googled penguin lap book and took what would work for us.  We also did penguin math sheets which are not in the flip book.

I think that for our first time doing a unit study and a lap book it turned out really well.  We had fun doing it and I liked putting it all together.  It combined science and social studies easily, I found math sheets with a penguin theme as well as color sheets and other things to keep Ian involved.   We also watched March of the Penguins, the part about Arctic and Antarctic in the BBC Earth series, and Happy Feet.  We learned a lot and it was fun!

We are starting another unit study today.  This time we are doing horses and donkeys since we are adopting 2 mini donkeys this week.  It's nice to have a real live subject to teach about!


  1. I like the idea of putting the spelling list on a sheet that is the outline of the penguins and I agree hands on studies like your pony horse unit are the best. Let me know about some of your experiences with your mini-ponies. We are still reading, writing and discovering facts about dinosaurs. Looking forward to your visit again this week. :) joyce

  2. I really wish you would have included the links you used!