Oceans Lapbook


I designed this Oceanography lapbook last November and recently my ten year old son and nine year old daughter completed it together as part of our unit study on oceans. You can preview and download the templates for this lapbook HERE. The download includes a list of recommended books and useful links and diagrams to help complete this lapbook.

This lapbook is made using three sheets of A3 card and it folds in on itself until it closes as A4. Here is how it unfolds.





Ocean’s Section

As with most of our unit studies we always like to include as many Islamic elements as possible and this lapbook begins a Qur’an verse (ayah) in thankfulness to Allah for the blessings of the ocean.


We looked at the ayah and read over the tafsir (commentary) before writing down some of the provisions Allah has provided for us from the oceans.


This is a small fact flap about each of the 5 oceans



In this flap Samira labelled the 5 ocean basins. We used our Continents & Oceans Lapbook to remind ourselves where each of the ocean basins are on the map.



In this flap book, Yusef wrote down definitions for each of the studies of the ocean.



Both Yusef and Samira completed this tab fact book including facts they found interesting about each of the oceans.



These are two fold out books that look at the depths of the oceans and the ocean zones that reach from the surface down to the ocean floor.


In this accordion fold Samira researched the average depth of each of the 5 oceans and then glued down the labels onto the diagram.


In this fold out flap book on the ocean zones Samira coloured each of the zones to show the level of darkness increasing as the ocean gets deeper.


She then glued down the pictures of the different animals found in each of the zones before writing details about each of the zones on the flaps.


This is a flap detailing how the colour spectrum reverses under water.


We included the ayah from Surat An-Noor in which Allah likens disbelief to the levels of darkness in the ocean “darkness on top of darkness”. Yusef then completed the graph showing the depths at which the colours are absorbed by the water and begin to disappear. You will find the details for these graphs as well as useful links on this topic included in the file information when you download the templates for this lapbook.


In this flap Samira explained about the Ocean Food Pyramid and we learned that all ocean life is dependant upon the smallest creatures and plants: phytoplankton and zoo plankton.


When the flap opens up, the inside top of the flap contains the explanation and glued to the bottom flap is a flattened pyramid.


The pyramid can stand up in 3D.


On this sheet showing the world continents, Samira drew on the direct of warm and cold currents and gyres.


In this shutter book Yusef wrote the definitions of current and gyre.



He also wrote about the Conveyer Belt current: The constant rise and fall of warm and cold water currents as they pass through the ocean basins of the world.



This is a large ‘not-to-scale’ diagram detailing the features of the ocean floor.


In this flap Yusef labelled the features of the ocean floor on the diagram before writing definitions for four of the major features.



In this flap book he wrote about how ocean trenches and ridges are formed.



He then drew diagrams of each formation with further explanation for each.


In this flap Yusef wrote about how Volcanic Islands are formed. He was familiar with this and also with the subject of the formation of hydrothermal vents (black smokers) after previously looking at these features in his Volcanoes & Earthquakes Lapbook.



Samira labelled this diagram showing how hydro thermal vents form.



She then wrote a little about some of the forms of life that can survive in these scalding waters.



In this flap Samira labelled a diagram showing the features that result from coastal erosion.



She also wrote briefly about why the sea is salty.



In this flapbook Samira wrote about waves and tides.


She labelled this diagram which explains how waves form and move.



She then drew diagrams to explain how the moon’s gravity contributes to the changing of the tides.


We discussed the fishing industry which led us to the ayah in the Qur’an in which Allah tells us He provides from the ocean ‘tender meat’ (fish) for us to eat and ornaments (corals and pearls) for adornment.



In this final tab book Yusef and Samira learned about the need for fossil fuels, We referred back to Yusef’s Fossilisation Flapbook to remind ourselves how fossils are formed before looking at the how the different fossil fuels are made and how the are extracted and used.




If you like this lapbook why not check out some of the other lapbooks and activities available under our Ocean’s Section.


6 comments on “Oceans Lapbook

  1. assalaamu alaykum sister, this work is alhumdulilah exceptional, where do you get your resources to do such detailed work? I am currently studying some geography modules degree level and learning some of this stuff, so mashAllah they know it in so much detail at such a young age.

    • Walaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu Sister,

      We have used a number of books and links which have been listed in the downloadable file. I studied geography at A’Level myself so I already had a rough plan in mind on what I wanted to include in the lapbook.

  2. OK I will check it out thanks. I love geography it is a lovely subject.

  3. Salam aleykoum sister,
    Masha Allah! Thank you for sharing all of your work with us. Barak Allahou fieki!
    I find a all of your worksheet, lapbooks, … all very interesting. But as our son is not english speaking, I’m not sure if I could use any of them. I really would like to find a way of editing the worksheets by translating them into dutch or french. But I don’t know if that would be possible technically.
    If there is any way that you could help me on how to do this, it would be a wonderfull thing. Insha Allah. Thank you.

  4. slam alaykom iman, where did u study geography “A”?

    • Walaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

      I studied Human and Physical Geography to A’Level and was about to embark on a university course for Marine Biology and Oceanography at Southampton University but I gave up my placement because I was getting married and decided that I wanted to start a family, alhamdulillah.

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