Oceans (lapbook freebie!)

October 9, 2010 at 9:39 pm 8 comments

Okay, we’ve finished up oceans. Of course all the links we used for our studies are found on the Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers blog.  Go to the Earth Science page (under Science) and scroll down to Oceans (next main heading after Earth).

Week one we used this link to study about oceans and the kids made some lapbook pieces. They made some on their own and used some from practical pages. These lapbook pieces were hung up on our black outline map of the world on the wall. If I did it again, I would print it out in 16 pages. I printed it out in 9 pages, but I wish now for more space.

We’ll add to our wall-map-lapbook as we study geography and will get a picture to you. You can print out an oversized map here. (I keep the map links on the History page of the Links blog.)

The second we worked on a lapbook that I made using the links on this site. The Links blog has these links listed separately. (This site has pages for all the major biomes.)

Those of you on the Simply Lapbooks Yahoo Group got this lapbook months ago. We finally got around to using it. This lapbook has some fun pieces. Some of the pieces may be hard for early elementary students to make on their own. I like to divide up the pieces between my kids and give the easier ones to my younger ones. There is a bar graph in this one and the circle is about percentage. There are some extra links about kelp (with online activities) on the Links blog.

Here’s the ocean lapbook to download.

For our hands-on day this week we took ocean soundings. There is a link about this on the Links blog where I got the idea and where you can learn about how they really take soundings. This is how I adapted their idea.


Filled a box with random things of different heights

Took our soundings by dropping into the box through a hole in the lid (I used aluminum foil) a piece of string with a paper clip tied to it. You had to try and feel when it hit the bottom and then pinch the string right at the lid to mark the place.

Then you measure your string to where it came out of the lid

Then you mark the spot on the graph (how far over and how far deep).

Then they connected the dots on their graph and opened the box to see what it really looked like. I printed out the graph paper from online. You can also find that link under Graphs on the Math page and also I put it on the General Resources page of the Links blog.


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nadene  |  October 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    What wonderful activities! Thanks for all the resources and links!
    I especially like that pop-up graph minibook! Thanks for sharing the wealth of your creativity and all your creations for free.

    • 2. The King Will Make a Way  |  October 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm

      We have your free lapbook pieces up on our wall map. Someday my computer will let me post a picture for everyone. 🙂

  • 3. heyitsfree  |  October 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    This looks like fun I must try this sometime. Thanks

  • 4. botaitai  |  October 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    What fun! You have great ideas. I am bookmarking this and coming back.

  • 5. Vegingout  |  October 15, 2010 at 12:37 am

    This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing

  • 6. homewiththethreebears  |  February 9, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Thank you so much for your lapbook! My son learned so much going through this. Once we finish we this unit I am going to write a post on what we did and add a link back here. Thank you again!

  • 8. craftvillagesite  |  March 5, 2018 at 5:39 pm



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