Yep, we do lap books here at our house. I discovered them about 6 months ago and find them useful for Science and History topics. I have two children who don't like to write and this is a way to incorporate a little writing into our school day.
But this lap book is SPECIAL because my 8 year old daughter did it 100% on her own. I am so thrilled and proud of her. First some background we visited a neighbor who has a collection of geckos and snakes in his home, see this post:) He lent us this book on gecko's and even offered to give the children one this spring. When we talked to my husband about this possibility he told my daughter to read the gecko book and do a book report. This immediately brought protests but after thinking awhile my daughter came back and asked if a lap book would be acceptable. My husband and I agreed that we would accept a lap book.
This is the result and I can honestly say she did it on her own. She drew the pictures, wrote the questions and the answers and even made the life cycle wheel:)
The cover with her drawing of Gecko we found a lizard drawing from the drawing books Draw. Write. Now. that she used as her inspiration.
After showing it to our neighbor he put the grade on the corner even tho I told him I don't grade the children's work. Some people just can't get out of the school mindset:)
On this page my daughter included what a proper habitat set up would look like. and what a healthy versus unhealthy gecko looks like
This page includes the life cycle and the breeding facts. Even th0 our neighbors breeds the gecko we will not be:) An interesting fact about lizards is the temp surrounding the eggs determines the sex of the lizards.
80 degrees and you get female lizards
85 degrees and you get half and half
90 degrees and you get male lizards
The final page includes basic facts such as
What they eat
where they live
are they good pets
Although I offered to find pictures to add to her drawings she insisted the book be all hand drawn by her. I suggested coloring but she wasn't interested in that. What I also should add is she did this lap book outside of our school time. I am really proud of her and hope you will understand my need to boast a little:)