I am often asked, “What content should we cover in grade X?” This is a very difficult question, and I am not sure there is a right answer. We tend to follow a classical cycle to science and history, each year rotating through a 4 outlined time periods and scientific subtopics only to repeat those again starting in year 5 with more depth and higher expectations. In general, we use the Story of the World series and Elemental Science as a spine, supplementing other interests and units as I see fit. One way I do this is through unit studies and lapbooks, and that is why I was excited for the change to review The Greatest Inventors Lapbook with Study Guide by A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks .
A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks
A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks is a great homeschooling resource, providing lapbooks for standalone unit studies but also as companions for curricula such as Apologia and Holy Cow Science Fair Kits. They also have a collection of Notebooking Pages, Copywork Pages, and Freebies to fit your homeschooling needs. You can purchase a printed version of the material, and digital downloads are available for a reduced price.
The Greatest Inventors: A Review
The Greatest Inventors lapbook covers the following inventors:
- What is an Invention?
- Johannes Gutenberg
- Benjamin Franklin
- John Deere
- Wilber and Orville Wright
- Guglielmo Marconi
- George Eastman
- Louis Braille
- Eli Whitney
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Robert Fulton
- Thomas Jefferson
- Jonas Salk
- George Washington Carver
- Henry Ford
- Alexander Graham Bell
This is a nice selection of popular and lesser-known inventors. It includes a written summary of each of the inventors and their inventions, so you don’t have to go searching for information if you don’t want to. Of course stories and good ol’ youtube are great supplements. Suggested study choices and extended activities can be found in the beginning of the packet as well as step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to craft the lapbook. Keep in mind you will need the following supplies:
- A printed copy of the lapbook (of course!)
- Colored file folders
- Hole punch
How We Used It
Lapbooks are so much fun! We would read the summary page together. Circle key words. Then, my third grader would fill in the required information in the mini book independently.
Like all lapbooks, this one allows you to customize your teaching and your student’s output.
We have tried quite a few lapbooks. What I like about this one is that the research is included. I can rely on the information presented in the packet to guide our studies accurately.
Little Planning Time
Once we set up the lapbook, the actually activities and mini-books took very little prep time on my part.
Overall, we really enjoyed The Greatest Inventors from A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks, and I will incorporating more of their unit study lapbooks in the future. Have you tried this or any other products by A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
Till Next Time,