Starting Week 4 we jump into more world geography with Australia and Oceania. Since I’ve been making geography lapbooks for the past two years, why not keep going?
To make planning easier, the whole lapbook is in one downloadable file, including instructions for assembly. You can print it all out ahead of time and complete each section as you come to it, or assemble the lapbook at the end of the quarter as review. You choose the best way to use these lapbooks in your school!
(Download and save to your computer before printing for the best results. To print accurately 2-sided, make sure you click “actual” in size options and not “fit” in printing options if you use Adobe Acrobat.)
Here’s a picture of the completed lapbook:
My usual Note about the Lapbooks:
Lapbooks can be a fun and interactive way for students to learn- lots of teachers both in and out of the school system are using them these days. And they are a fun way to review material you’ve already covered. Don’t feel pressured to make your lapbook look exactly like the pictures. The most important thing is that your students are learning and having fun! If they want to put pieces in different places, color it differently or make their own additions, go for it! Lastly, if you have several students, you can either let them each make their own (if they can cut and glue by themselves) OR you can make one lapbook as a family.
Supplies you’ll need for this lapbook:
- A file folder (any color will do)
- Cardstock and white paper to print inserts on
- Glue stick or two sided tape
- Crayons/coloring pencils
Print pages 2-7 two sided (flip on the long side of the paper) on cardstock.
Print the Oceania Map and cover one sided on regular paper. Laminate the map if desired.
Fold your file folder inward to make a lapbook.
Glue or tape the map of Oceania to the middle section of the lapbook. You can laminate it first if you want a wipe-clean activity of labeling for your students.
Cut out around your country match books, and fold on the dotted lines to make match books. Your students can add any additional information to these that they wish. Add interesting animals, plants, patron saints, landmarks, or anything else they want.
Glue these to the inside of one flap of your lapbook.
Find these countries on your world map too. You can also discuss how there are many other island nations in the Oceania region, we just couldn’t include ALL of them- there are so many tiny ones. You may also note that Australia is both the name of a continent AND a country- neat!
Weeks 2 and 3
Print the Oceania features flaps, cut out and fold on their lines of symmetry.
Have fun arranging them in the rest of the space in your lapbook. Here’s one way to do it, but remember to let your students have a little freedom in arrangement, they’ll have more fun that way. Take turns reading the insides of the flaps and discussing which feature you would visit if you could.
Here it is again finished:
And with some flaps opened:
Print the cover and attach to the fronts of the flaps. I like to either glue the cover to one side and cut along the edge as a guide, or you could lay the flap on top of the cover and use a pencil to draw where to cut. Either way, it looks pretty snazzy with a Catholic Schoolhouse cover!
Make it fit into your 3-ring binder next! Run some packing tape or duct tape along the left side of the lapbook, and fold it over so it sticks to itself partway and to the lapbook part way. Then hole punch with your 3 hole puncher. The pictures below show how to do this on the Botany Lapbook, but the procedure is the same!
I hope your students enjoyed making this Oceania Lapbook. Make sure you keep these accessible all year- they are great for reviewing. I don’t know how many times I found old geography lapbooks laying around our schoolroom (and rest of house), which means they are getting looked at! They can also make for a great car trip ‘activity.’ Students can just browse through them in the car, or use the lapbooks as a springboard for trivia quizzing their siblings on countries and capitals, feature locations, and feature facts. If you opted to laminate the map in the middle, they can have races on who can label the maps the fastest!
Stay tuned for a Central America Lapbook next!