We completed our Heat and Energy lapbook last week. This was the first lapbook that really made sense to me. I have liked the idea of lapbooking since I heard of it about a year ago, but most of the ones we have done seemed somewhat awkward to me. I guess I’m not really a unit study person. I can’t wrap my brain around a true unit study. Most of the pre-made lapbooks have seemed to me (and my kids) that we were learning things to make the lapbook. Unfortunately, that is a general tendency that I have seen in myself as a teacher (and a person for that matter.) I struggle with doing things just to get them done.
Anyway, I digress. For our Heat and Energy lapbooks we used God’s Design for the Physical World – Heat and Energy published by Answers in Genesis, as our “spine”. We read the lesson, did the accompanying activity, and made a minit book corresponding to the lesson. (Sometimes making the book was the activity.) This method finally made sense to me. Making the minit books was reinforcing what we were already learning. Looking at our completed lapbooks now and in the future will serve as a good review of our study. The kids enjoyed making the books (for the most part.)
Here are the titles of the minit books.
- What is Energy?
- Types of Energy
- Law of Charges
- What is Temperature?
- Celsius and Fahrenheit Thermometers
- Convex vs. Concave
- What is Conduction? Convection? Radiation?
- What is Static Electricity?
- Conductors and Insulators
- The Electromagnetic Spectrum
- Wave Diagram
Here are some pictures from my son’s lapbook. He took the pictures himself so they’re a little bit blurry.
What is Energy?
The inside of the lapbook
Types of energy book
Types of energy showing the definition of themal energy
Inside the circuit book
The back of the folder showing the Electromagnetic Spectrum and a diagram of a wave.