Two of the mainstays I stuck with while teaching public school were: 1) If you can, no matter the subject, share a book, and, 2) If you can, no matter the subject, have students demonstrate their knowledge by making a book. This way, no matter if you are in science, social studies or math, you are integrating both reading and language arts. One of my favorite ways for students to publish their knowledge (especially in nonfiction areas of study), was a flip book. Flip books can be as simple or complex as you need them to be. They can be used for sequential information (life cycles, how to's, relating the scientific process), and for lists of facts, as we did here.
Lesson: Spider Facts Flip Book
Objective: Child will be able to identify the number of body parts, legs and eyes a spider typically has.
Materials: 2 sheets of construction paper. 1 sheet lined writing paper. Pencil and crayons. Scissors. Stapler.
*Note: At this point, I had already spent a while reading several nonfiction books about spiders with Sophie. We looked at different pictures of spiders, and identified the 2 body parts, 8 legs and 8 eyes over and over again, until she was secure in this knowledge. Then, the next day, we reviewed the books and information, then proceeded to create the flip book. We kept one of the books open while we completed the activity, to reference when we needed to.
1. First, make the flip book. Offset one piece of construction paper about 2 inches from the other. Fold both pieces, creating four flaps (see picture below), and staple twice along the top to keep the papers together.
2. Set the flip book aside. On a piece of writing paper, have child write the facts about spiders she learned from the books. In this case, we talked about spiders having two body parts. Then I wrote 'Two body parts' on a separate sheet of paper, and she copied onto her own paper. I wanted her to practice her handwriting, which is why I didn't just write it for her.
3. Child cuts out each fact she wrote on the paper. I drew a dotted line so she would know where to cut.
4. Child glues one fact on each flap of the construction paper flip book.
5. Child illustrates each page. Be sure you point out that in books, the pictures always match the words.
6. The finished product! Don't forget to write your title on the top flap.