A few months ago we did a space theme unit with a focus on the Solar System. While this subject was quite new for my other kids, this was more like revisiting in detail for Yusef who had already made a small Solar System Lapbook when he was younger.
Yusef and Samira were working on a Solar System Giant Lapbook together as part of their studies. I had started out with the intention that the lapbook would be a project just for Samira to work on, but as I looked through the files I found it to be so large and detailed I knew Yusef would benefit from joining in too.
And, of course, I wanted something for Amina and Basma to do so that they could be involved too. I found the templates for this totbook on the 1+1+1=1 website, you can download it HERE. It’s fairly simple, but is sufficient for a general understanding of the Solar System.
From this totbook they learned about:
- The planet names and their order
- Other satellites in our Solar System (Sun, Moon, Stars, Asteroids, Comets)
- Space related Vocabulary
- How to construct simple sentences using words and pictures
This is Amina working on the front cover, colouring the planets. When it was complete, she and Basma used glitter glue pens to add on stars.
This is the totbook folded out. I used a sheet of A3 black card fold in to the centre, equal on both sides like a shutter.
This flapbook helps teach the names of the planets and their sequence.
On these two cards the kids cut out and glued down the objects that were planets and those that were not.
These are some memory cards. You can play several games with these. They are good for learning space vocabulary and then you can match the labels to the pictures.
In this pocket are short words and pictures that can be used to construct simple sentences.
After completing the totbook we made a little poster to help remember the order and names of the planets.