Lapbooks are an exciting and flexible approach to learning. Think of them as collections of mini-books, flaps, or folded display materials that provide interactive space for everything from drawings and stories to timelines and graphs. They’re excellent learning tools for science, math, social studies, ELA (and much more), and are great additions to the elementary, middle school, or high school classroom. Take a look at some of the terrific lapbooks on TpT. What fun!

Lapbooks on TpT: Elementary

Furniture/Room Sort File Folder and Flip-Flap Pages (Furniture House ENGLISH)“I assembled Furniture/Room Sort File Folder and Flip-Flap Pages (Furniture House ENGLISH) (grades PreK-1) for my toddler daughter to play with!” says Rebecca Reid. “I laminated the color pieces for all-the-time play, but she was able to color the black and white ones for her own cut and paste activity. I think this is lots of fun for the youngest of learners.”

“My first attempt at lapbooks in kindergarten was for Mother’s Day,” says Jennifer Drake. “I wanted the kiddos to make adorable keepsakes for their moms, grandmas, and other special women in their lives, but I also had curriculum standards to stick to. The lapbooks were not only adorable but brought on many tears of joy!” Take a look: Mother’s Day Lapbook! A Treasure & Keepsake to Honor Mom/Mum, Grandma & Aunt! (grades K-2).

From The Imagination Nook: My American Symbols Lapbook (grades 1-2) has all you’ll need to create an awesome lapbook about United States Patriotic Symbols. Lapbooks can be simple or complex and can be used in any subject area. I love using lapbooks because they’re a wonderful way for children to display a unit of study. They aid in solidifying content that is being taught and can be used as a reference tool.”

Rural, Urban, & Suburban Communities Lapbook & Foldables“Lapbooks are a go-to project of mine!” says Simply Skilled in Second. “One of my favorite lapbooks that I make with my students is my Rural, Urban, & Suburban resource (grades 1-3). It incorporates reading, writing, and research skills all in one! I actually had an unannounced observation while making this lapbook, and it was a HUGE hit with my principal. I was so excited! I am loving lapbooks — they are fun, engaging, and interactive. What more could a teacher and student want in a lesson activity?!”

From Linda Kamp: “My Life Cycle of Plants {20 Activities & Foldable Flower Project Book} (grades 1-3) is always a favorite with my class! A fun and highly engaging way to showcase my students’ learning process, I use it as a culminating project and a form of alternative assessment. It’s also a great way to get kids writing about science!”

Valentine's Day Lapbook { with 11 foldables! } V-Day Research LapbookMrs Ds Corner loves lapbooks, too! “They’re so versatile and easy to use,” she says. “I think every teacher should be using them! It’s so easy to differentiate your lesson plans with lapbooks because of all the different components that go into creating one. You can even use the foldables inside your interactive notebooks to tie them to your lapbooks!” Here’s one of her favorites: Valentine’s Day Lapbook { with 11 foldables! } V-Day Lapbook (grades 1-4). And take a look at this great blog post, too: What are Lapbooks and Why Should I Use Them?

Right Down the Middle With Andrea says, “Using lapbooks in the classroom helps engage students and leaves them with a hands-on experience and a study tool when they’ve completed it. My Martin Luther King, Jr. Lapbook Activity (grades 2-4) is perfect for this time of the year as we learn about Dr. King and study Black History Month.”

Kelly’s Classroom says, “With my States of Matter Lap Book (grades 2-4), students use the felt mat to sort different types of matter and show how heat can change matter when it’s added and when it’s removed. It includes the four states of matter — solids, liquids, gases, and plasma — which appeals to teachers of older students or those who want to extend their students’ learning.”

Fireflies! Mentor Text Interactive Notebook or LapbookJessica Scott loves using lapbooks “because they’re interactive, engage students in a variety of ways, and can be used for any standard… the possibilities are endless!” She adds, “Lapbooks’ interactive components can range from simple foldables or flipbooks to eye-catching pockets and flip charts. I created a lapbook for the mentor text Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe. I love that I was able to review a variety of skills with one text and one cumulative project: the lapbook. My students enjoyed created their lapbooks over the course of the week and sharing their finished project with their parents.” Take a look: Fireflies! Mentor Text Interactive Notebook or Lapbook (grades 2-5).

“Lapbooks add a fun, creative component to almost any learning, and they’re a great way to showcase students’ work,” explains Kiki’s Classroom. “I created my Biographies lapbook (grades 2-5) because I wanted something that would work well for 3rd and 4th graders; reading informational text and writing informative text are ‘biggies’ at these grade levels, so biography reading and writing are a great fit! This lapbook provides lots of options for organizing students’ research in fun ways and plenty of room to display their written work in the center. My favorite component might be the graphic organizer I provide, where kids can organize their research before they write their first draft. That structure is so important at this level!”

Fraction File Lapbook“I find that both students and parents love lapbooks!” says Jane Feener. “Lapbooks are great for helping to organize students’ materials and learning by keeping everything together in one place. Parents love lapbooks because it lets them know what their child is learning about in school, and they can use it at home to help their child study or review a topic. My favorite lapbook and one of my best sellers is my Fractions Lapbook (grades 3-5).”

Jill Russ says, “Here’s my Economics Unit & Lapbook {Complete Unit with informational text, test, & more!} (grades 3-5). It includes everything you need to teach your students about economics. You’ll find a 10-page informational text, perfect for meeting your Common Core Reading Standards! As your students read and learn about economics, they’ll complete 13 different foldable pieces to make a lapbook about economics. Lapbook pieces are great for formative assessment as you work through the unit. The unit also includes a unit test, a study guide, and an anticipation guide with questions for your students to answer as they read each section of the informational text.”

Lapbooks on TpT: Middle School

Non-Fiction Text Features Lapbook FREEBIE“My 4th grade ESOL students were really struggling with text features,” says Tools for Teachers by Laurah J, “and I was running out of ways (interesting or not) to review and reinforce the concept. That’s when I created my Non-Fiction Text Features Lapbook FREEBIE (grades 4-8). The kiddos loved it because it was an interesting and interactive way to explore a mundane concept. Here’s a blog post about the activity, too!”

From Brainy Apples: “I think it’s important for upper-grade teachers to realize that lapbooks are just as beneficial for older students as they are for younger ones! I would much rather my students use interactive organizers to take notes to refer back to over just handwriting their notes. The interactive feature makes the lesson more engaging, and my students seem to remember the information more easily. Here’s Expository Writing Interactive Notebook for Grades 4-8, for example.”

Short Story Interactive Lapbooks for Middle SchoolAnd That Rocks Math Science and ELA says, “There are three things we love about our Short Story Interactive Lapbooks for Middle School (grades 4-8): First, every student’s lapbook will be unique! Second, every lapbook is interactive; the reader manipulates something to get information. And third, although this lapbook is for short stories, it can be used with any content. Lapbooks might take some extra time to make, and certainly require more materials than traditional pencil and paper assignments, but they are so worth it! Students get to be creative, and they love sharing their completed projects with each other.”

“I have a couple file folder, independent middle school research-based projects that have been a hit,” says A House Called Home. They include student directions to help guide them through the process with little to no teacher input. These projects help develop independent working skills, critical thinking skills, and research skills. Here’s Let’s Research: A Solar System Project (grades 5-8), for example.”

Lapbooks on TpT: High School

And here’s a handful of engaging lapbooks and lapbook-related resources for older students:

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So many outstanding options! And there are plenty more right here. Three cheers for lapbooks!

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