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How to Make a Lap Book: A FREE Lapbook Template

Lap Books are everywhere! If you like hands-on projects, interactive notebooks, or creative ways to engage your students in learning, then you may want to give lapbooks a try. Today’s post is on how to make a lap book. Plus, I have a FREE Book Report Lapbook Template for teachers and homeschooling families to download for use with their kiddos!

If you've ever wondered how to make a lap book, today's your day! You'll learn how to make a lapbook with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom and home school students. Plus you get a FREE book report lapbook template when you sign up for our mailing list. This is a great "how-to" blog post that allows your students to create a complete DIY project. It's great for helping students meet their reading goals withOUT a boring book report. Grab this freebie now!

When I first heard of lapbooks and saw some samples that other teachers had made, I was afraid it would be too time-consuming and project-heavy without a focus on real learning. I was wrong. (Don’t tell my husband I said that…he may write it down for future reference!) 😉

Lap books do not have to be huge, multi-paged contraptions. They are actually quite simple to make. Here is how to create a basic lap book, using ONE file folder. 😀 I’m a simple gal at heart!

Materials needed:

  • 1 file folder
  • 1 sheet colored construction paper (or cardstock)
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • colored pencils, crayons, extra paper

 

Step 1: Place the file folder open flat on the table.

If you've ever wondered how to make a lap book, today's your day! You'll learn how to make a lapbook with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom and home school students. Plus you get a FREE book report lapbook template when you sign up for our mailing list. This is a great "how-to" blog post that allows your students to create a complete DIY project. It's great for helping students meet their reading goals withOUT a boring book report. Grab this freebie now!

Step 2: Fold each side of the folder inward toward the center fold. Crease strongly on the 2 new folds. (It should look like a French Door.)

If you've ever wondered how to make a lap book, today's your day! You'll learn how to make a lapbook with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom and home school students. Plus you get a FREE book report lapbook template when you sign up for our mailing list. This is a great "how-to" blog post that allows your students to create a complete DIY project. It's great for helping students meet their reading goals withOUT a boring book report. Grab this freebie now! If you've ever wondered how to make a lap book, today's your day! You'll learn how to make a lapbook with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom and home school students. Plus you get a FREE book report lapbook template when you sign up for our mailing list. This is a great "how-to" blog post that allows your students to create a complete DIY project. It's great for helping students meet their reading goals withOUT a boring book report. Grab this freebie now!

Step 3: Cut a piece of heavy construction paper or card stock and glue it to the inside back wall of the lap book. This not only reinforces and strengthens the book, but it also adds some color to the project.

If you've ever wondered how to make a lap book, today's your day! You'll learn how to make a lapbook with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom and home school students. Plus you get a FREE book report lapbook template when you sign up for our mailing list. This is a great "how-to" blog post that allows your students to create a complete DIY project. It's great for helping students meet their reading goals withOUT a boring book report. Grab this freebie now!

Step 4: Add interactive notes, titles, research, and any desired features to your lap book.

lap book step by step instructions
My State Lap Book

The photos of this finished lap book are from the My State Lap Book Packet.

If you are interested in using this packet, which has maps for all 50 states, foldable templates, photo examples, and instructions, you can find it HERE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Interested in trying a lapbook for FREE? Click HERE to download the Book Report Lapbook! It includes photo examples, easy-to-follow directions, and ALL the printable templates you need to complete the project with your kiddos. Yes, the COMPLETE project is FREE. Here are some photos of the completed project:

  Looking for other book report ideas?  Check out this blog post on Cereal Box Book Reports.  They are a hit with students and a nice change of pace from the traditional book report.  Here’s 10 Book Report Ideas that Kids Will Love.

Here are a few other lap books that you may find useful (click on the images):

If you've ever wondered how to make a lap book, today's your day! You'll learn how to make a lapbook with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom and home school students. Plus you get a FREE book report lapbook template when you sign up for our mailing list. This is a great "how-to" blog post that allows your students to create a complete DIY project. It's great for helping students meet their reading goals withOUT a boring book report. Grab this freebie now! If you've ever wondered how to make a lap book, today's your day! You'll learn how to make a lapbook with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom and home school students. Plus you get a FREE book report lapbook template when you sign up for our mailing list. This is a great "how-to" blog post that allows your students to create a complete DIY project. It's great for helping students meet their reading goals withOUT a boring book report. Grab this freebie now!If you've ever wondered how to make a lap book, today's your day! You'll learn how to make a lapbook with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom and home school students. Plus you get a FREE book report lapbook template when you sign up for our mailing list. This is a great "how-to" blog post that allows your students to create a complete DIY project. It's great for helping students meet their reading goals withOUT a boring book report. Grab this freebie now!

Now that you know how to make a lap book, what projects do you have in mind? I’d love to hear your ideas and how you use lap books in the classroom and in your homeschooling! Thanks for following along, and happy teaching!

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11 Comments

  • Sassylittleteacher July 27, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Very nice information! I thought the same thing about lap books, but I was wrong! Can't wait to make my own!

  • Sheila Craig January 3, 2016 at 2:56 am

    I will use this for my American Revolution unit. So cool.

    • Shelly Rees January 4, 2016 at 3:59 am

      Great idea! I’m sure your students will enjoy the project!

  • Jazmin Cano February 7, 2016 at 4:42 am

    I am making one on the state of Hawaii

    • Shelly Rees February 7, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Awesome! What a great project…hope it goes well!

  • Cyma August 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Great idea! It’s wonderful thankyou????

  • Cherry-Ann July 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    VERY CREATIVE. I WILL SURELY USE THESE IDEAS.

  • Trish July 28, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I’m thinking about how to use as a PBL product for a unit on Early Man. Seems like a fun option!

  • Patsy August 12, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    We have beginning of the year “Summer Book Lunches”. I plan to use this idea for us to review our summer book. Thank you so much!

  • oooooffffffff December 18, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Thanks for the instructions would love to use it again.

  • ITookATestToday December 18, 2018 at 7:01 am

    This is very helpful for my class thank you

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    I'm Shelly Rees of Appletastic Learning. First and foremost, I'm a mom of 4 boys, wife of 25 years to Aric, and Wyoming girl at heart. I love being creative, making resources for teachers, baking cookies, Diet Coke, teaching, public speaking, and spreading kindness wherever I can. After teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 23 years, I retired early and focused on creating and helping teachers around the world with my teaching ideas and resources. I also serve as a mentor to hundreds of teacherpreneurs and help them get focused on growing their own successful businesses. With 100% honesty, I LOVE my life! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Read More

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