Lapbook Success!

Want to see how a lapbook can be used as a way to foster writing?

Thanks to Teresa and Joshua (10) for your permission to share your wonderful work!

Joshua’s lapbook below features what he learned about sharks, a passion of his. Teresa and I had discussed what to do about spelling errors, etc., via email. The basic idea is to slowly develop the skill of self-editing (kids edit their own work) and I gave her strategies for how to nurture that practice successfully. Enjoy!

Hi Julie,

This is for Joshua’s (10) September assignment – a mini report on Sharks.

I have attached 3 photos and retyped his text below.  This is completely his design and content.  What is interesting is that he wrote more about sharks in his freewrite, but he did not want to include it all in the report.  He knows SO much more than he was willing to put in there.   I am typing the text exactly as on the report, errors and all…

Photo “Sharks1”

He designed it so that the photos are numbered and on a slide.  When you open the book, the center writing area has the corresponding number for that photo with a blurb about it.


Photo “Sharks2”

Center text:

News flash, this just came in about sharks

1) One of the five most dangeres sharks the Great white.

2) Sharks have a sixth sence of sencing energy, this shark is sencing the fishes moovment or energy.

3) This picture is about how sharks find there food.

Right flap text (fictional story):

The dog and the shark
by Joshua Youngblood

There once was a dog and shark and this is the story of how they became friends.
One day John went on is boat whith Jack his dog. They went out into the ocean, but John forgot to poot the boat tale gate up so when he made a sharp turn and Jack slipped and fell into the ocean. When John got home he realised that Jack wasn’t there, meanwhile Jack was swimming around when he saw a shark coming at him Jack thought he was going to be eatten but he was not eatten, Jack asked the shark if he could bring him home and the shark said yes and they becaum friends. The shark took Jack to John and they lived happely ever after. THE END!


Photo “Sharks3”

Left flap text (Prelutsky poem copywork):

In the middle of the ocean,
In the deep deep dark,
Dwells a monstrous apparition,
The detested RADISHARK.
It’s an underwater nightmare
That you hope you never meet,
For it eats what it wants,
And it always wants to eat.

Its appalling, bulbous body
Is astonishingly red,
And its fangs are sharp and gleaming
In its huge and horrid head,
And the only thought it harbors
In its small but frightful mind,
Is to catch you and to bite you
On your belly and behind.

It is ruthless, it is brutal,
It swims swiftly, it swims far,
So it’s guaranteed to find you
Almost anywhere you are.
If the RADISHARK is near you,
Pray the beast is fast asleep
In the middle of the ocean
In the dark dark deep.



5 Responses to “Lapbook Success!”

  1. Kika says:

    Great work, Joshua! Thanks for sharing. My kids have enjoyed lapbooks for social studies and science topics too and really enjoyed them. This year I’m planning on my 9yo making a Canadian geography lapbook (not her choice of topic) – I think it is the element of creativity which my kids appreciate. Even if the topic isn’t fascinating to them they are allowed some “freedom to create” with a lapbook.

  2. Jimmie says:

    We use lapbooks for narration and for writing as well. Lapbooks are especially good for creative children who like the fancy folds and illustrating their work (like my daughter).

  3. Teresa says:

    Wow!!! We feel like celebrities. Thank you Julie and Kika for the encouragement. Josh really felt it. Tonight we read in the paper that they are having a fiction writing contest. He is excited and decided to enter it. He started rattling off ideas so fast, I could barely keep up while trying to write. He was doing his own freewrite with me as his scribe. I had to stop him briefly and get the digital recorder! We have 1 month to submit it. Even if he doesn’t place, it is still a win in my book!

  4. Aunt Vicky says:

    Great job Josh. Looking forward to reading your next paper. Hope you win the contest. I think you may have a little of your Grama’s talent

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