Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Olympics Lapbook

Well, I can hardly believe it myself, but after months of being lapbooker-wanna-bes we have finally finished our first lapbook. Now this is not the first lapbook we've started, mind you, but it is the first lapbook we've finished. I'm very excited indeed!

It was at my husband's request that we do a lapbook about the Summer Olympics and since they were very fast approaching, I was on a time crunch. However (and to my dismay) we have nearly thrown out completely my very meticulously planned out summer lessons since Baby L was born, so we had some free time on our hands.

I used both an Olympics Unit Study from Grace bound books and a free Olympic lapbook from Homeschool Share. SO without further ado...

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The whole family worked on the lapbook together, which worked out much better than trying to make individual lapbooks for everyone. A6 colored the front cover. We used two file folders folded into a shutterfold and then cut slits in them to connect them.

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It looks like this when opened. We included an Olympic Timeline to the far right. We located Beijing on an outline map of China in the middle. And to the far left we made a semi-mini book that lists all the countries that are participating in the Summer Olympics this year. Look below to see why I've called this a "semi-mini" book!

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I never would guessed so many countries participated. This was a really cool effect to add to the lapbook!

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This is the left side of the lapbook opened up completely.

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This is a close-up of a pocket folder that I made to add some of the word puzzle worksheets that the kids did. You can see, that I just cut the worksheets down and put them on different sized cardstock to layer them in the pocket. G7, A6, and E4 each did a different worksheet.

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Here is a close-up of the pocket folder I made to keep the printouts of all of our family's names written in Chinese. Everyone loved this! Find your name written in Chinese here.

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This is the right side of the lapbook completely opened up. We learned about many of the symbols and traditions of the Olympic Games, including the motto, anthem, and flag. The kids also made matchbooks with info about many of the sporting events.

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This is the back of our lapbook. I googled "Torch Relay Route" and found a website that had a map of the Olympic Torch's route around the world. We had a blank outline map of the world. So G7 would first locate the correct city on the map on the computer and we would place the dot in the correct location on our map. Then we just connected the dots. Our finished project is below...

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6 comments:

  1. Wow! Looks like you guys did an amazing job! We are going to be doing a unit on the Olympics right before it starts (trying to end it with the day the Olympics starts).

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  2. Wow, Shanna! I'm SO impressed!! I can't believe this is your first lapbook ever. You all did an excellent job, and I will be bookmarking this for future reference. We hadn't planned on doing an Olympics lapbook, but you make me want to do one!

    Really, really great work! Thanks for sharing so much detail.
    Kim

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  3. Fantastic lapbook! I am so impressed with your first one. Keep up the great work!

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  4. Wow! I am really impressed! Did you say that it was your first? Hard to believe.

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  5. Thanks everyone! It really was our first lapbook, though I am hopelessly addicted to scrapbooking so this wasn't a far leap. The kids did alot of it, but I found myself doing all the cutting and most of the assembling. We probably will not do lapbooks consistently until they are big enough to really own it on their own. However, it has really helped to reinforce the subject because the kids want to keep looking at and showing off their lapbook. They are all SO excited about the Olympics starting tomorrow!

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  6. i'm very impressed. you have worked so hard to teach your kids through the olympics! what a labor of love!

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