Kimm Bellotto

Lapbooking August Lesson

lapbooking_augIs it really August already? Where did the summer go? It’s practically history now! Speaking of history, I was looking through some of the stories I had used with my kids to teach them history (no easy task as I have a ton of things that I’ve collected over 25 years of homeschooling!) and I came across something I had pulled together for them about Eli Whitney. It’s actually a conglomeration of two different stories by two different authors with a bit of my own writing thrown into the mix. Reading it again, I thought it needed a little tweaking. So that’s what I did and here it is; ready for your students to dig right in and create a lapbook!

This unit should work well with students in or around 4th-6th grades. I recommend breaking it up into two parts and completing five activities a week, plus a few vocabulary words in each sitting. Of course, as always, this is just a loose recommendation and you should present the unit in a way that works best for your children, taking more or less time if needed or preferred.

Go to the Lapbooking Lessons

Go to Archived Lapbooking Lessons.

Read General Lapbooking Instructions.

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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.