This week we have completed our Australia Lapbook. I found this lapbook on the Homeschool Share website, but I was very disappointed with the minimal information and templates supplied. There was nothing about Aborigines at all! So I designed a number of additional templates. You can download the Homeschool Share lapbook HERE and the additional lapbook elements designed by myself HERE. We have done quite a lot of research on Australian animals and next week we will be completing our Marsupials Lapbook.
This turned out to be quite a large lapbook in the end. Here is how it folds out. I used 3 sheets of A3 size card and compressed it down to an A4 size lapbook.
These are the books we used to complete our lapbook. The Australia and Oceania book is available to buy from Amazon.
We learned about the different time zones of Australia and the time difference between Australia and the UK.
We learned about the meanings of the Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag and Yusef and Samira wrote about one each.
We learned a lot about Australian animals by watching videos on Youtube. Amina wrote up some facts about the Emu and the Kookaburra and Samira did some research about budgerigars. Amina also made a Platypus Lapbook.
Here are some of the videos we found useful:
- Kangaroo Dundee (Part 1) BBC Documentary
- Kangaroo Dundee (Part 2) BBC Documentary
- Platypus: World’s Strangest Animal
- Echidna: Nat Geo WILD
This is a section on the Australian Aborigines.
We watched a few Youtube videos about the Aborigines customs and beliefs:
- Hunting for Witchetty Grubs & Honey Ants
- Playing the Didgeridoo
- The Aboriginal Tribes of Australia and Oceania
- Boomerang Demonstration
Yusef wrote all about Uluru, a giant rock in the Outback which has spiritual meaning to the Aborigines.
Amina copied up some facts about the Witchetty grubs.
Samira wrote about the boomerang.
Yusef wrote about the didgeridoo.
Yusef wrote up some facts about the platypus.
A petal book about what Emus eat.
Basma and Amina coloured these animal fact cards.
Basma coloured and matched up the Australian slang.
Samira completed this shutterbook on things from Australia.
Some more facts about Emus and a wordsearch on Australian animals. We are currently working on our Marsupials Lapbook. I couldn’t find a wordsearch online that lists only Marsupials, so in the end I made my own. You can view and download our Marsupials Wordsearch HERE.