Welcome to the Plains states lapbook! This week, you’ll get your file folder folded and add the matchbooks for each of the Plains 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. (I haven’t run out of purple yet!)
Now print the state matchbooks and the Plains states map. Print the matchbooks two sided (flip along the LONG side of the paper).
Print the big map and trim excess white from around it. Here are your choices once again:
- Color and label the map before glue-sticking it to the lapbook.
- Laminate (or use contact paper) the map. Then glue it into your lapbook and your students can use a dry erase marker to write information on the map. They can test their knowledge on the state names, capitals, locations of the features, birds, flowers or any other information about the states! (I would recommend the laminated version if you have one lapbook per family, so you can erase one student’s information and allow other students to label)
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 stick these into your lapbook. They can go in any order and any position you like, but leave the bottom third empty for your features on the two side flaps.
Here’s what mine looks like:
(sorry the picture’s a little blurry)
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.
Don’t forget to use the lapbooks you’ve already made to review! Give each student a lapbook and play a trivia game. Take turns asking trivia questions from your lapbooks, whoever answers first gets to ask the next question. Adapt this for a wide range of ages by making the older students wait x seconds before answering so the younger ones get a little more time to think. Consider using their age to set the time- For example a 10 year old has to count to ten before he can answer the question).
Come back next week to print the fun features for the Plains states! I know I learned alot about this region this week making these features. And several of them are no on my bucket list to see one day!