There is research out there that supports the use of lap books in the classroom. I have read multiple articles that implement these nifty projects for various reasons. Some use lap books for assessment purposes, and some teachers use them simply as a "craftivity". I chose to implement these lap books in my text structures unit because the one that I have designed allows the students to be creative, documents the standard, allows them to record the pretest and posttest results, and gives them a life long reference tool that they can take home....Because we know they will keep them forever, right? ;)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
This 4th grade standard requires the students to be able to describe the different types of text structures that they will be reading throughout the year. Since they will be reading multiple informational texts, it is helpful to introduce these structures to the students up front, so they can identify the structures, recognize signal words, and learn to read these types of texts throughout their 4th grade year. (Ohh.. and this helps prepare them for 5th grade when they are required to compare multiple structures).
I use this packet to teach and track assessment data in my classroom. The students love it!!
This download includes:
-Table of contents
- Letter to the teacher
- Text Structure Posters
- Color Text Structure Lapbook Materials
- B & W Text Structure Lapbook Materials
- Text Structure Pre & Post Assessment
- Assessment Key