How to Make a Lapbook – The Perfect Back to School Icebreaker

Back-to-School can be a challenging time for both students and teachers as everyone is getting to know each other and learn the way of the classroom. One of my favorite tools to use during this time is a fun and engaging “getting to know you” activity that gives students the chance to share a little about themselves. A Lapbook is the perfect icebreaker and will also give you a good idea of where your students are starting off with their fine motor skills, handwriting and spelling abilities!

Start building relationships with your students and among your students from day one with this fun and engaging back-to-school project! 

4 simple steps to creating a lapbook

  1. Print Lapbook design and make copies of all flip-able pieces for each student
  2. Model how to cut and glue each piece or ask parent volunteers to help cut and fold the pieces ahead of time
  3. Grab a fun, colorful file folder or 11×17 piece of construction paper
  4. Let your students get to work filling out the interactive questions and adding drawings or pictures to their book

Teacher Tip: if you’re giving your students a small window of time to work on their project over multiple days, store all of the Lapbook supplies in a large, labeled Ziploc bag so they have easy access to their project or can quickly put their items away each time

lets put your students' lapbooks to use

After your students have put in the creativity and hard work to complete their Lapbooks, it’s time to put them to use or on display – your young learners will be full of excitement as they see their projects being highlighted around the classroom!  

Here are a few of my favorite ways to use the Student Lapbooks

  • Play a game – Like a game of scoot, students can rotate around the room and read each other’s ‘getting to know you project’ to find out what they all have in common
  • Bulletin board display – Lapbooks are a perfect way to highlight your students and have a fun back-to-school bulletin board display 
  • Let them share – Have a few students share their lapbook, per day, as part of your morning meeting
  • Show them off – Set the Lapbooks out on desks for curriculum night or parents night so your students can their projects with more than just their peers 

If you’re anything like me, you love a good done-for-you resource that reduces your prep time and doubles as a busy project for your students while you complete assessments or work with small groups! Grab an already designed Lapbook and check off one of your back-to-school activity projects ahead of time! 

what's all included in this resource?

The Back to School Lapbook has 8 different interactive flaps that include a variety of topics and questions for your students to fill out! 

  • What are your hobbies?
  • What are your favorite things about school?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What is your favorite book?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What is your favorite game?
  • What is something we should know about you?
  • What is something most people don’t know about you?
  • What is one of your talents?
  • What are your three goals for this school year?
  • Who are the members of your family?

What are some of your favorite activities to include in your back-to-school routine as you’re getting to know your students? Let me know in the comments! 

Check out more of my ready to use resources that will help get you prepped for those first few weeks of school this fall!

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