Middle Ages Lapbook

If the lapbook my son made on the human body in first grade demonstrates lapbooking at it's simplest, then this lapbook is its antithesis. This thing is a behemoth--it weighs 1#6oz. The lapbook on the following pages represents eight months of work, drawn entirely from subject matter covered in Story of the World volume 2 by Susan Wise Bauer. Some supplemental material came from Greenleaf Press's Famous Men of the Middle Ages. This lapbook is a source of intense pride for my student--he worked really hard on this book, and he's very pleased with the end product. For a list of mini-books used in the creation of this gargantuan lapbook, along with corresponding SOTW 2 chapters, click here.

Middle Ages Lapbook Cover

Cover: This lapbook ended up being so thick that the center seam where the "shutters" usually meet had quite a gap. My son made a castle on a sheet of cardstock, and effectively made the cover into an external extension. The drawbridge flips down to reveal a portcullis.

Middle Ages Lapbook open

Here the first level of extensions are open. The left-hand panel is the inside of the cover. The right is a whole file folder extension. The dark red panel on the center right is an upward-folding extension.

Middle Ages lapbook with top extension open

The dark red extension is flipped up here, showing (top to bottom): a quadri-fold on four parts of medieval society (nobility, clergy, peasants and specialists); an accordion fold containing a timeline of the Middle Ages; a simple fold made of a sheet of cardstock folded in half. Three of of the four panels are covered with these half-sheet folds--they are the backbone of informational organization for this lapbook, and are described in more detail on the next page.

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See a complete list of mini-books used in this lapbook.

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