This airship-based lapbook assignment was used as a fun way to end the year with a research project that hits several informational standards. The students used two high-interest books, I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 by Lauren Tarshis and What Was the Hindenburg? by Janet Pascal and David Groff, to research information about the Hindenburg tragedy. Then they completed info-posters using the information they discovered about this disaster.
You don’t have to have these two specific books to find out information about the Hindenburg. Use any informational sources you can find: videos, books, internet articles, etc. In fact, the project is so versatile that it really could be used with informational texts at many grade levels.
You won’t be reading about the Hindenburg? No problem! We’ve also included blank templates so you can use them for any type of airship, submarine, or similar structure you and your students want to research. (We can’t wait to do a Titanic template and project!)
Note: With all parts attached, this is a poster-sized project. Each completed airship consists of 6 pages glued together to create one cohesive page. Then, 5 smaller foldables are glued to the airship’s sections. In our class, we made this in the form of a lapbook, but with a little tweaking, this could also be a great addition to a reading or writing interactive notebook.
Included in this purchase:
*6 printables to construct the airship itself (one labeled for the Hindenburg specifically and one blank set of airship templates)
*one set of labeled foldables that fit inside the airship template (specific to the Hindenburg):
-a summary of a firsthand account
-facts about the Hindenburg
-problem and solution of the disaster
-causes and effects of the disaster
-sequence of events of the disaster
-description of the disaster
-details to support two different main ideas dealing with airships
*one set of BLANK foldables that fit inside the airship template
*works cited area built into the poster
*step-by-step directions for assembly
*samples, both in progress and completed, to demonstrate each step