Last school year, interactive notebooks were something brand new to my speech room! Students found them to be engaging and fun! I found them to be basically no-prep. So, of course, it was a wonderful year! haha 🙂
What I find the most exciting about these interactive activities is that they don’t have to be confined to a notebook. They can be incorporated into crafts, as one super creative SLP has shared with me. They can be glued on to loose leaf paper and then placed into a pronged folder or glued onto construction paper to make a craft-like activity! The possibilities are endless!
Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite possibilities for these activities! You can use them to create an endless array of articulation lap books! Yep, if you already own my interactive articulation notebooks and/or articulation flip books then you’re equipped to make these amazing keepsakes!
There is definitely a trick to get these activities to fit on the file folder though! Many of the activities have to be printed at a custom scale, but no worries – it’s super easy!
I’ll walk you through a few different versions!
On the left flap, students will glue down the label. Those are free in my store! On the right, you can use the pencil pouch found in the August edition! I found that most of the pouches (such as the puzzle pocket in the September edition) found throughout my year long series have to be printed at a custom scale of 75%. To do this, simply go to file and then print. In the custom scale box, change 100% to 75%.
This will allow the activity to print out smaller so that it can fit on the side flap!
The little miniature flip book on the front doesn’t have to be changed at all! Just print it out as is! The mini flip books are in December (initial position), January (final position), and February (medial position).
Let’s check out the inside! One possibility for the middle is to glue in an articulation flip book! Just print it as is and it will fit perfectly in the middle! There are a variety of petals found throughout the year long bundle and they will all have to be printed at a 60% custom scale if you want them to fit on the side flap. If you want them to be in the middle, then they can be bigger or printed out as is!
The flap-up books, they’re found in four different editions are great for the side flaps of a lap book! They’re perfect at a custom scale of 75%, but you could probably get away with 80% too.
The color, cut, and glue activities (the kangaroo above) are found in three or four editions. They work well at 70%! Last year, one of my students created flaps with these and glued her words under the picture! Kindergarteners are geniuses!
Okay, so the flipping for sentences activity and almost all the other activities have to be printed out at a custom scale of 65%. Seriously, look how little and cute they are!
RECAP: If you want activities to fit on the side flaps of a lap book – petals get printed at 60%. Flap-Up books and pouches get printed at 75%. Color/Cut/Glue activities get printed at 70%. Everything else gets printed at a custom scale of 65% (except for the mini flip books, they’re good to go!).
Here’s a different version!
I do recommend using a mini flip book on the front. They fit perfectly and look really cool.
So this inside looks different! If you don’t have the articulation flip books – no worries! Just fill the middle portion with different activities. The initial and final sort is printed as is! It fits perfectly along the bottom or top of the middle portion! The fish bowl (it’s a color/cut/glue) flap is printed at 75% and the other flap in the middle is printed at 65%.
The side flaps are just like I said above. The flap-up is printed at a custom scale of 75%, the petal is 60%, and the other activities are 65%.
Okay, so if you want your students to create a super mega lap book, then check this out! This project will take 2-4 weeks worth of sessions to complete, but students will be so proud of the outcome!
The middle portion has two layers in this lap book!
The first layer has two activities that are printed as is (no custom scale needed). The flip-tivity booklet and flipping book are both found in the May edition. If you notice at the top, there are some staples! You can use construction paper, heavy duty card stock, or a portion of another file folder to create the flap! Then lift it up to reveal even more activities or a flip book!
I’m such a dork, but I think this is really neat. 🙂
Okay, so at this point you’re probably like… “But Scarlett, BUT how do you actually make this thing?!” Haha… No worries, I laid out the steps. Also, the pictures are kinda dark.. Sorry, it was cloudy when I snapped these photos. haha
Step One: Get a file folder.
I like to use colored ones, because they look prettier. haha.. You can absolutely use plain manila folders though. I’ll share an Amazon Affiliate link for your convenience. I bought these in bulk from Amazon. Smead makes a pack of 100 that are $13.99. A steal!
Step Two: Open it up.
Okay, so you’ll notice branding on the inside over. That’s why I pasted a white piece of printer paper on the /f/ lap book above before glueing down the activities (or use a flip book to cover it up). You could also have your students glue the activities on a white piece of paper first and then glue them down into the lap book. Also, if it doesn’t bother you.. then just leave it as is! 🙂
Step Three: Fold in one side towards the middle.
Step Four: Fold in the other side towards the middle and make it fit like a jigsaw puzzle!
Voila! There you go!
So, these lap books are pretty extensive and they definitely won’t be finished in a 30 minute session! haha! I would recommend having students complete one or two activities per session and slowly build upon the lap book.
I hope this tutorial was helpful! If you have any questions please leave them below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I plan on sharing a WH Question Lap Book tutorial later this week or next week! Those will be created with activities from the Interactive Language Notebooks and WH Flip Books! I’ll also make some free cover labels for those too! Stay on the look out!
P.S. If you don’t already own my interactive notebooks, I recently made a super mega bundle that features both the year long bundles for articulation and language! To celebrate a new school year, it’s 30% off for a limited time!
P.S.S. If you think you might be interested in creating lap books with your language students, also check out my blog post about Literature Lap Books!
Okay, one more thing.. I forgot! If you have students working on /j, z, b, d, w/ or vocalic /r/. Those activities are found in Articulation Notebooks Volume Two!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!