Are you as excited as I am to be adding a third lapbook to our Geography Lapbook series? I’m glad you came back for a New England States Lapbook! If you weren’t able to earlier, make sure you check out the Southeastern States Lapbook, and the Mid-Atlantic States Lapbooks!
For Weeks 11 and 12, students are studying New England States and Features! This week, you will create the lapbook and add the matchbooks for each of the New England states which include a picture of the state’s flag, abbreviation, flower and bird. You can add additional information in the blank space, like patron saint of each state, or state tree, etc.
First open your file folder, and fold the outside edges into the middle. (My lapbooks are all purple, purple, purple! You don’t have to use purple.)
Now print the state matchbooks and the New England states map. Print the matchbooks two sided (flip along the LONG side of the paper).
Now, you have the same options as before for the big map. But here’s a reminder of your choices.
First trim the excess white on the top and bottom of the map. Then do one of these:
- If you have young children, let them color and label the map before gluing it to the lapbook.
- If you have older children, I recommend laminating (or use contact paper) the map blank as it is. Then when you glue it into your lapbook your students can use a dry erase marker to enter information on the large map. They can test their knowledge on the state names, capitals, locations of the features, birds, flowers or any other information about the states!
Once you’ve chosen what to do with the large map, glue or tape it into the middle section of the lapbook.
Now cut out your state matchbooks. Fold on the dotted lines so that they look like a matchbook when folded. The state name should overlap the top flap with the US map, like this:
Once you have those cut out and folded, glue these onto the side flaps of your lapbook. They can go in any order and any position you like.
Add your own interesting facts about each state! Some ideas may be to add famous people from that state, year the state was added to the US, patron saint of each state, etc.
Pull out your other Geography Lapbooks and do some review. Do your students still remember the capital of Georgia? How about the abbreviation for Mississippi? Use your laminated maps in the middle to quiz!
Come back next week to print little flip pages for the New England regional features!