Kimm Bellotto

Lapbooking April Lesson

lapbooking_aprIn February, I brought you a lapbook unit that took a look at the poem Casey at the Bat. I really enjoyed creating a unit that focused on a narrative poem. So, considering that April is National Poetry Month, I thought I would follow-up with some reinforcement of what was covered then and bring you another famous, and just as fun, narrative poem, “The Walrus and the Carpenter.”

As with February’s unit, your students will need to be familiar with the components of a narrative poem. They will also require an understanding of inference and imagery, as well as certain types of figurative language, specifically the following:

  • alliteration
  • imagery
  • personification
  • simile

Likewise, they must be able to recognize rhyme scheme, rhythm, and meter as this unit will require the use of all three. In addition, they must have an understanding of the following:

  • exposition
  • conflict
  • rising action
  • climax
  • falling action
  • resolution

A review of these elements might be necessary before beginning this unit.

The activities for this unit are broken up into four weeks. The poem should be read each week before beginning the activities.

Okay! Enough of the formalities. We are now going to take a short, but fantastical little trip, right through the looking glass!

Ready? Let’s go…

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Kimm BellottoKimm Bellotto and Niki McNeil met through an online homeschool group. While chatting, they discovered they both loved lapbooks and were looking for an easier way for homeschooling moms to pull together the necessary items for a lapbook. Those chats soon became a business plan, and the two ladies quietly “set-up shop” on the web, becoming the first company to sell ready-to-use lapbook kits. With Niki’s innovative ideas and Kimm’s creative graphics abilities, the two moms published their first unit, titled “Plants,” in November 2002. Two years later, talented writer/researcher Katie Kubesh joined the team and the company came into full bloom.  In the Hands of a Child wants to make hands-on learning easy and readily attainable for every child and for every mom!  With over 400 lapbook titles to choose from and a growing line of notebooking units, they offer something for everyone regardless of age or ability.