Ocean Lapbook

We did an ocean unit in our homeschool and I made these Ocean Lapbook printables.


Ocean Lapbook Assembly

Each lapbook is made of a single file folder.  We refolded the folder so it has a cover with a center opening, one flap on the left and one on the right.

Learning As You Go

We spent several weeks on this lapbook, making one bit at a time as we learned about oceans.  For example, we watched a YouTube clip about the ocean zones and then labeled and colored in the ocean zones paper strip and glued it into the lapbook along one side.  On another day we read several books from the library about the ocean and ocean animals and made index cards about ocean facts.  We put the ocean fact cards in a pocket that is glued to the lapbook.


Kids do the Work and Use Creativity

The printables consist of titles placed on “covers” or pockets or strips that are completely illustrated, written, and captioned by the kids.  It is not a pre-made info page that you just paste in.  The kids have to do the work, but it is in a controlled way that helps them stay focused and makes a polished looking final product.  There is a lot of room for creativity and interpretation.  The mini-book for example leaves the focus of the book up to the kids.  One of mine did a mini-book about food webs, another did a mini-book about animals in the ocean, another did a mini-book about the ocean floor, and the fourth did a mini-book about sharks.


The cover of the book is a blank sheet with a title.  The kids draw an ocean themed cover, the cover is cut along the seam of the lapbook (since the seam is in the center of the book) and then it is glued on.  When we did the cover I pulled up a “how-to-draw a dolphin” tutorial from the web.


Finally, to fill in the back of the book, we printed several maps of the ocean from the web, filled them in, and glued them on.  One of the maps we used to label the oceans.  another was used to draw in the mountain ranges and trenches of the ocean floor, and the third was used to color in the major ocean currents.


Additional Layers

  • Learn about pollution that harms the oceans.
  • Focus on learning a lot about one particular ocean animal.  Learning about one thing in detail can help you understand other animals, hone research skills, and heighten interest as you discover fascinating things about the world.
  • Learn about an ocean explorer like Magellan or Captain Cook or Jacques Cousteau.
  • Take a trip to the seashore or to an aquarium.

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